Dean Cain -- Dog Gone Astray ... Saves Pooch From Animal Pokey

Dean Cain needs a tighter leash ... for himself and his dog -- his pooch was nearly sent to animal control after sneaking out, all because the actor failed to register his best friend. Law enforcement sources tell us Cain's black lab Bella got loose last week but a good samaritan saved the day, and dropped her off at Malibu Coast Animal Hospital. Bad, Dean. Under standard ops all strays go straight to the pound -- but lucky for Cain he found out where Bella was within a few hours ...

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