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    Default Lost Dog at Night on Streets

    I was told by my dad just then that he saw a "dog that guides blind people" (so I'm assuming a lab or golden retriever, but not like breed matters here) wondering a street about 5 minutes drive from my house. When he opened the door to get out, the dog came running towards sniffing our car. Milo was in the car at the time, and my dad thinks the dog smelt Milo. He said it looked like a puppy. Anyway, my dad was going to call me to ask me what I would do, but he got a new phone and doesn't know how to use it yet. He feared that if he let Milo out to walk, there could possibly be a dog fight and he won't be able to handle it. He thought of taking the dog home (I assume to drop it off at the vet/pound/RSPCA next morning), but he said the dog was "too big" for our little yaris, and Milo would most likely want to play in the car with the other dog - making it dangerous to drive. So he decided to just leave the dog and drive back home.

    I don't think the council or RSPCA or any vet would come and collect the dog at this hour...

    My question is.. what would you do in this instance?
    Drop Milo off at home then go back out and collect the stray?
    Is it safe for my family and Milo to bring in a stray for the night that I have no idea how it would react to things? Especially when I don't have the equipment to isolate the dog in a safe area outside (can't expect it to behave well in a new environment with lots of pots and plants).
    How should I 'save' this dog if the rest of the family does not approve of this action? I thought about calling the council, but their lines aren't open after working hours.

    Now that I know of the stray, I feel like I should do something. But my family will surely refuse to take in a stray for the night. They think I stick my nose into too many things and make it my business when it comes to dogs!

    Even if I don't take action for this dog, I'd like to know what's most appropriate thing to do when I come across a stray in the future.

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    Did it have a collar on at all? I have come across plenty of strays, but have always been driving and never had the opportunity to stop cause its always in traffic.

    I personally would stop, check for a tag and if there were none possibly ask around the houses there in case they know where it lives (could be a regular escaper), if none of those worked I would put it in the car and take it to the RSPCA. I feel horrible leaving them on the road, in case they aren't to car aware and get hit.

    Also, I don't think its getting too involved! I personally am very thankful to the people who have helped me with Bella when she has escaped by either calling me/bringing her home. Without them she could possible be dead/stolen. So I know how much I appreciate it and what people who's dogs escape (that care that is) are going through.
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    Hmm I asked my dad and he is not sure if there was a collar since it's night time. Also, he didn't go outside of the car to see the dog since he's not that... dog-friendly. Well more like, he thinks every dog will bite him so he doesn't go near them voluntarily.

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    The instances when I've found dogs wandering without collars (), I simply stop, pick them up, and take them to my local 24 hour vet. They scan for a microchip and notify the owners. Even if the dog is from the area I found it in, I don't have time to go knocking on every door. It's their own fault for letting the dog loose (in most cases), or if the fencing is inadequate. I would never leave a dog on its own outside, but chasing up the owners is near impossible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaer View Post
    Hmm I asked my dad and he is not sure if there was a collar since it's night time. Also, he didn't go outside of the car to see the dog since he's not that... dog-friendly. Well more like, he thinks every dog will bite him so he doesn't go near them voluntarily.
    Yeah a strange dog at night time can be frightening, most I see are in the morning on my way to work! and if they are around my suburb I know where most dogs live anyway (from walking past them all the time) so would be able to take them home. We only have one dog that really strays, but he always goes home after he has had a snoop around.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
    The instances when I've found dogs wandering without collars (), I simply stop, pick them up, and take them to my local 24 hour vet. They scan for a microchip and notify the owners. Even if the dog is from the area I found it in, I don't have time to go knocking on every door. It's their own fault for letting the dog loose (in most cases), or if the fencing is inadequate. I would never leave a dog on its own outside, but chasing up the owners is near impossible.
    That's pretty true too, for me anyways! lol
    Last edited by jadielee87; 10-19-2011 at 09:28 PM.

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    My ex had two strays turn up on the weekend and rang the RSPCA who told her they would not pick them up without the council contacting them first?????
    She in turn rang the police and asked them for advice, they contacted council (this was after hours) and then council contacted RSPCA who then attended, say the woman who turned up was far from happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter70 View Post
    My ex had two strays turn up on the weekend and rang the RSPCA who told her they would not pick them up without the council contacting them first?????
    She in turn rang the police and asked them for advice, they contacted council (this was after hours) and then council contacted RSPCA who then attended, say the woman who turned up was far from happy.
    We have a similar situation here with the RSPCA having a bee in their bonnet about having to do the council's work. I somehow see where they are coming from, but it does annoy me when it affects the welfare of the dogs in question.

    I have taken strays home and found their owners when they had a tag with phone number. I've also left some when they were hard to approach and/or looked like they were road smart and knew where they were going.

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