LAS VEGAS (AP) — Who put the dog out?

Little Jordan, an 8-month-old lab puppy, disappeared last month from weather reports on KVBC-TV, and now there's a dispute over who took the popular dog off the air.

His owner and on-air partner, animal-loving KVBC weatherman John Fredericks, issued a statement last week saying it was the NBC affiliate's decision to send L.J., as the pup is known, to the doghouse over a contract dispute.

The dog "was removed from the broadcast ... pending the resolution of contractual terms for L.J.," the statement said.

Little Jordan had replaced Jordan, a golden retriever who long shared airtime with Fredericks and died last summer.

The station's general manager, Lisa Howfield, said last month that L.J.'s disappearance was Fredericks' decision.