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Thread: Lost Dogs... Did I Do the Right Thing?

  1. #11


    Hey Dragoncharm,

    it sounds like a tough call - in hindsight, maybe you would have done things differently, but when faced with the dog's owner, you had to hand them back and as others have said, the guy may very well be going to get the dog to a vet - he at least came looking for them.

    Funny thing happened to me yesterday that has had me agonising all night and day afterwards too - I'll tell you the story, it might help to know that we all find ourselves in questionable situations trying to help animals.

    Yesterday I saw a loose staffy cross on my way home from a three hour hike with three of my dogs. We were all pretty hot and tired, but the pup was friendly and I was able to catch it pretty easily. I asked around the industrial area and nobody claimed him, so I set off with the little guy capering around my dogs, intending to walk straight past home and go to the vet to see if he was microchippped.

    A block later, a guy pulled up in a truck and said it was his dog, which I was initally thrilled about. Until he went on to say the dog "always runs away and doesn't listen", etc. He claimed it was a pit bull, bred by a friend of a friend, but it was more like a white staffy cross. He then asked if I wanted the dog. My first reaction was "I already have seven, four of whom are rescues". He then kept me talking, clearly positive about the dog in one sense, but also at a loss. We discussed training, exercise, the fact that a seven month old pup is a lot of work, etc.

    He then commented, I think as proof of his good ownership that he feeds him twice daily and that he had just this morning put round-up on the dog to kill fleas. As you can imagine, I did a double take, to which the guy then said he had washed it off anyway. There was a greasy stain all over the dog's back, but he seemed okay. I was horrified, to put it mildly. By now, I was thinking I had to get the dog away from the guy and get in touch with some friends who foster and rehome dogs, so I offered to take the dog. The guy now seemed unsure and instead asked me for my number in case he changed his mind and really did want to give the dog away. He said that I had given him some good suggestions and he would keep trying. I said I was glad he had washed the round-up off the dog because it wasn't safe and said I could find a home for the dog if he wanted to ring me.

    I walked off and I don't think it's likely I will hear from the guy now.

    Part of me wishes I had just said yes to his offer of the dog in the first place and then I could worry about what to do with it later. But I took on a seventh dog two weeks ago under urgent circumstances and I have been telling myself not to get sucked into anymore sob stories as I am at my limit in terms of time and money.

    Of course I worry that the dog will end up handed off to someone with as little idea as his current owner, or being hit by a car after getting out again, or just at the pound/lost (the guy admitted he is not microchipped).

    But, the guy did seem to like the dog a lot and maybe he will now feel encouraged to do a bit more.

    All we can do is what is in our power at that moment, I guess.

    Hopefully in both our situations, we have tweaked the conscience of the person responsible for that dog's well-being.



  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    South West WA


    Thanks Casy that made me feel alot better knowing I am not the only one who has faced a moral delema from a lost dog situation.

    I to would have hesitated if offerred a lost dog aswell. I love dogs but Am also proud of the fact I don't collect animals as much as others do (1 horse, 1 dog, 1 child and 1 OH )
    I would have considerred the whippet pup but I would not have been able to care for the old Golden retriever properly, we have steps in and out of our house and with a 3yr old child she would never have the peace she deserves. That and I prefer animals with easily maintainables coats, as I just don't have the time to keep long haired groomed properly.

    Also MissTeaAddict I understand accidents happen and dogs get out. I understand that completely. I am not at all upset about that. Just glad the dogs were smart enough to find a safe place on a busy road. And you are right the old girl could just be sore from her escape, but he said quite clearly she has been like that for awhile so I am sure you can understand WHY i was so upset.
    And I am aware that Legally I have done the right thing. But legally I am also obligated to report and suspected cruely to the Authorities. Which I will do if I see the dogs again with no signs of improvemet. I believe Hy is right with the laws in regard to animal cruelty.
    BUT I will give him the benifit of the doubt for now, and give him the chance to take his dog to the vet before i go calling any authorities. I hope he does help her as I think she is a gorgeous dog when she is not coverred in mud and Algea lol


    I caught the Ranger today and Apparently it was the ranger's other half that picked the dogs up. the dog is apparently better and they got out because of an extra smart cat. I mentioned the back end again and explained i was worried, i have been told she is now fine. Fair enough on all fronts and good to know the dog should be looked after.
    But now my question is were my concerns, while I was a bit wound up at the time, reasonabley justified given the information i was given on the pick up of the dogs themselves? Or I am I over the top and a busy body.

    genuine question, and honest answer appreciated. Have no problems with negitive problems but please No 'attacks'. I honestly meant well for the whole thing
    Last edited by Drag0ncharm; 02-11-2011 at 06:38 PM.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2010


    Old dogs like old people can get quite hoppy, escaping and wandering goodness knows how far could well have made the old dog look worse than she normally does, if she were really so bad I doubt she would have gone walkies in the first place.
    The alternative is to put her down, she will hardly get better as she gets even older, so I would hesitate to interfere here, the owner was concerned enough to be looking for the dogs so is probably not a bad owner.
    Starting a dog on constant painkillers before it is absolutely necessary is not good for the dog either, if you consider all that and what you have found out about how they got out to start with, perhaps it is best to leave well alone. Not so much a busy body as a bit too concerned I think Dragon 8>)

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