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Thread: Stray dogs - emotional encounter - long rant!

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    You're a great person Beloz, not many people would go that far out of their way to help a dog And it's definitiely a shame that the owners were so ignorant and ungrateful, at least you know that you saved them from a miserable cold night and did all you could.

    When we lived on a property a few years ago we had a staffy cross show up on our doorstep, he was riddled with fleas, had no hair on his back from scratching, and his stomach was red raw from rubbing it along the ground. We were on our way to work when he showed up so we gave him a pat but had to leave him to get to work and we figured that being in the country, people let their dogs roam and that he would find his way home. We got back home later that day and he was still there, so I gave him a bath with flea shampoo and gave him some dinner. Took him to the vet- no microchip, so I called the RSPCA but they said they couldn't take him as they don't collect strays, regardless of the hair loss from fleas and that I had to take him to the pound, by this stage I was convinced he had been dumped (we door knocked the area and nobody knew him) so I didn't want to take him to the pound and have him be PTS! Anyway, fastforward 3 weeks, he was still sleeping on a comfy bed at the doorstep of a night (we didnt have a fence and he would get off when we tied him up), he no longer had fleas and he was getting nice and healthy and happy because he wasn't so bloody itchy all the time!!

    We had pretty much accepted that he was dumped and that we would just keep him and then my partner took a different route home from work and noticed a 'lost' sign about 15km from our house. We called the number and it was his owners. They came out to collect him, and he was very very excited to see their 2 little boys, was jumping all over them and licking their faces but the parents weren't thankful at all, I gave them the bottle of flea-shampoo and the flea collar I had bought him, got a quick mumbled 'thanks' and they were off. I wished that I didn't have to give him back to such horrible people who let their dog's fleas get that out of hand (theyre not that hard to control) but he was just so happy to see his 'brothers'. I really really hope they used the flea collar and shampoo and realised that it's not that hard to keep the problem under control. But people definitely can be ungrateful when it comes to other people going out of their way to save their animals.

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    I don't think it was the home from hell. They were inside dogs and I think they got given a lot of affection. But love isn't the only thing a dog needs of course. I think lots of dog owners make the mistake of thinking that is all that it takes... Just like some parents, I suppose.

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    To me that seems to be bordering on abuse and if I saw them again I would take them to the RSPCA and have them checked out. This is irresponsible dog ownership at its worst and these people need a wake up call.

    Unfortunately, a rant coming from you or me would probably get you a smack in the mouth or worse. They need a visit from the local animal control people and a hefty fine.
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    Might not have been the home from hell but if i went missing i would like to think someone would be looking for me.

    Miss Sari - 3 months old

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    Oh, how very sweet Miss Sari....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nev Allen View Post
    To me that seems to be bordering on abuse and if I saw them again I would take them to the RSPCA and have them checked out. This is irresponsible dog ownership at its worst and these people need a wake up call.

    Unfortunately, a rant coming from you or me would probably get you a smack in the mouth or worse. They need a visit from the local animal control people and a hefty fine.
    See, the thing that sh!ts me about the domestic animals services in most council areas/states is that they do not care much if at all about the dogs' well being either! The pound would fine the owner a fee to recover the costs of their involvement, but they would not at all take any action in regards to her not giving her dog the medical attention it clearly needs. And maybe a fine would make them more vigilant and make it less likely that the dogs escape for a while - which in principle is a good thing - but the rangers don't care if they achieve this by tying the dogs up 24/7 for example. Or in this case, confining them to the house with who knows how few supervised toilet breaks.

    "Animal control" services as you call them are there to protect members of the public from dogs being a nuisance to them, they are not there for the dogs or their owners.

    There is only the RSPCA, but they will not intervene until they can pretty much prove a dog is neglected or abused, which is pretty hard to do.

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    When I see escapee dogs... and Frosty has managed to do it twice in her lifetime - scared the crap out of me - I think car accident and injured dog and if the driver cares - then traumatised driver.

    So I think the RSCPA is better than handing the dogs back to potential a car accident. Our local RSCPA has boarding kennels - they're not full up all the time. Frosty really liked it there when I boarded her there.

    If you do find a stray dog - you can't just keep it. It makes it very difficult for the real owners to find it. And a dog can travel 30km or more in a day. The law in all states say you have to tell the council / pound. Our council pound keeps them until they can take them to the RSCPA - usually the next day.

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    Here you can just keep the dog, Hya. It is encouraged if you report it, I believe. They just add it in their database and you give permission for the owner to contact you directly if they track them down via the registration tag or microchip or if they call in. I've done it before and it was a hassle free transaction. But they tracked the owner straight away and I only had to wait a few hours until she could pick the dog up. And I have kept dogs if they had phone number on their tag and dealt with the owner that way too.

    These dogs do live on a fairly big road - 2 lanes in each direction. Not overly busy, but I saw someone nearly hit a dog on a school crossing nearby the other day, so you couldn't count on drivers paying attention despite it being a straight, wide road. They actually do live quite close to the shops I realised today. Which makes it all the more sad that their owner didn't go check there, as they had been reported there before. Right across from their house is the off leash oval where I pass with Banjo once or twice a day, every day (and so did I with Luna before). It would be the closest dog exercise area to their house yet I have never seen them there in the 5 years I've lived here. The girl could control them without leash when I let them out of the car, so it not being fenced should not be an issue. They also got on with all the dogs they met at the shops, so DA is not an issue either. I really suspect those dogs never get walked at all... If the staghound has arthritis, she needs regular gentle exercise to manage it.

    Ah well, what can you do... There is no law against treating your dog like a treasured piece of furniture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    When I see escapee dogs... and Frosty has managed to do it twice in her lifetime - scared the crap out of me - I think car accident and injured dog and if the driver cares - then traumatised driver.

    So I think the RSCPA is better than handing the dogs back to potential a car accident. Our local RSCPA has boarding kennels - they're not full up all the time. Frosty really liked it there when I boarded her there.

    If you do find a stray dog - you can't just keep it. It makes it very difficult for the real owners to find it. And a dog can travel 30km or more in a day. The law in all states say you have to tell the council / pound. Our council pound keeps them until they can take them to the RSCPA - usually the next day.

    We called the pound and let them know all his details and ours incase the owners did call up or come in, we also notified every vet in the area. There was no local RSPCA where we lived at the time so I knew he would be PTS if not claimed. I'd never just claim a lost dog as my own without doing everything I could to find their owner.

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    Oh yeah, I didn't mean keep it as in keep it permanently necessarily. But as in mind it if you report it as lost. And if then no one claims it after a certain time, why wouldn't you keep it.

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