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    I once tied my dog to a sign and went into a book shop to pick up an order. While I was in there less than 5 minutes, it started to very lightly sprinkle. A 'good samaritan' untied the dog and retied him to tin A frame sign under the verandah. When he saw me he jumped forward dropped the sign over, spooked and ran lead attached as it slipped off as soon as the sign fell. I never saw him again. That was 30 years ago and I can still recall how I felt.
    I will never leave a dog outside the shop again. I am very glad you were lucky.

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    Gosh Farrview, I can't begin to imagine how bad that was for you.

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    Beloz

    There's a good chance the bottle shop or shopping centre would have CCTV that would get the licence plate of the car that took Banjo... and if you or the cops can identify the bloke - that gives them a starting point if someone else's dog goes missing.

    Remember how you feel... how would you feel if you let the guy go and he steals someone else's dog? He's obviously a regular at those shops too.

    I remember the good old days, when you could tell a dog to stay in front of the post office, and then forget you brought her to the shops with you, go home, notice the dog is missing, remember where you left her, go back... there's the dog, right where you left her...
    (was my sister not me and all the shop keepers in that street knew the dog).

    So glad you got Banjo back. I freaked out when I thought I'd lost my phone on the beach (it was in the car). I just shudder to think how I'd feel if it was the evil hound that had gone missing. She's unlikely to let someone lead her away, but she's quite willing to hop into cars belonging to strangers.

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    I did pass his rego number onto the police. Just not sure if making an official statement is going to make a difference. And it may be a bit late now.

    Banjo likes checking out other people's cars too. But the guy must have led her to the car by the collar. She loves everyone, but she wouldn't just run after someone while she's waiting for me. And even though she was lucky to not get hurt, I could tell by her behaviour afterwards that she had found the experience somewhat unsettling.

    It is still very common in Canberra for people to take their dogs to the local shops. In our previous suburb it was rare to not see at least 2 outside the supermarket. Sometimes there were 6 or more at the same time. Most tied up, but not all.

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    I guess, Beloz, what I do in these kinds of situations, is make the statement but say I don't want to go to court - because it's all good here, but if he does it to someone else - I'm willing to back up my statement.

    I sometimes make statements to the police just so they have something on record - in case something bad happens later. So far, I've never had to go to court on any of the stuff. Some of it has been dodgy / broken cars on the road - and they don't need me to back up the fact that the brake lights aren't working on a trailer - they've got cctv, a place and time to look at the footage and the vehicle/trailer itself. I let them decide whether they want to follow up or not.

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    Sorry, but I find it hard to fathom why you would have the dog off lead, let alone loose outside a shop in this day and age. My faith in human nature (not yours but others) goes rapidly downhill with all you hear occurring.

    After saying that though, it must have been horrendous and I am so glad all was OK. I too would go the police route in case these may be serial offenders and it may stop it happening to someone else.
    Sending a hug to you both.

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    If anyone of my family takes my dog for a walk they are given instructions in no uncertain terms that they are not to leave him unattended for even a minute ... "if you're going to the shops leave Brock at home". If just isn't worth the risk

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    As I said, people leave dogs outside the shops here all the time. Yes, it was scary and I'll be more careful, but I refuse to let it make me paranoid. Just like I let my child walk home alone and take the bus despite people trying to make me believe there are predators on every street corner. The reaction of the bystanders showed me that we still do have a sense of community here.

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    oh my goodness how terrifying! We are hoping to buy a bulldog and number one they are so expensive and number two so friendly we have already made a rule never to leave them unattended or we are pretty sure we'll never see them again. All the ones I've met so far have absolutely no stranger danger comprehension and would happily follow anyone home. I am so glad this work out ok for you.

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    As I said, people leave dogs outside the shops here all the time.
    Prime picking for idiots like the one you came upon. Or lucky your dog did not get hit by a car wandering with no supervision or leash. If you read council regulations a ranger would have every right to have picked up your dog and fined you for wandering dog.

    I don't even let other people handle my dogs let alone leave them outside of shops.

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