As I was driving to go to a pet store to look at dog food ingredients, I noticed a dog pacing down the road. I made a U-turn and parked my car close to where the dog was. Turns out it was a brindled staffy (x?) puppy. I left my dog in the car (with windows down) while I looked at the pup for a name tag. Indeed, there was a name tag so I called both numbers that was on it. One didn't go through and the other had a man pick up.
He told me his address and just told me to "open the gate and drop him in there. He wanders around a lot by himself when we're not home so he knows his way home anyway." I didn't want to leave my dog in the car unattended so I took my dog with me and closed the windows and locked the car. So I did what he said, but the moment I walked away with my dog, his pup just jumped over the fence and started following me. So I popped him back in his yard.
And again, he jumped out and followed me to my car. I did this about 4 times then I decided I'll just let him be. I opened the passenger seat door to let my dog in, but the pup just jumped straight in and sat onto the drivers seat! I thought.. I'll get him out of my car later, so I buckled up Milo first. Then when I went to open the drivers door to pick up the pup, he crawled his way onto the back seat before I could get him! I finally managed to get him out of my car and I put him on the pathway. I got in the car and he jumped up on my car to look at Milo and I (luckily he didn't make any scratches on my car...). I waited for him to back off and he just sat on the grass looking at me. I drove off, and went to the pet store.
I did what I wanted at the petstore then asked for the workers there to give me the ranger's number. I was worried that the dog may get run over, despite the owner telling me to "just leave him". I drove back to where I found the pup, with no surprise, it was wandering the street again. So I got my spare leash in the car, and leashed the pup on his oh so very tight collar! I could barely fit one finger in there and the poor guy was choking often. Called the council, they refused to pick the dog up as it is a Saturday and no one works, so they told me to take him to the RSPCA.
I did so, but thought I would be stuck with taking the pup back home where he'll be secured as I was under the impression that RSPCA only takes him injured stray animals. Luckily, I wasn't far from the Sydney RSPCA. They scanned his microchip and found out that he was adopted out of RSPCA only a month ago. He was in the RSPCA beforehand for being a stray animal.
I came home, told me parents of what I did proudly. Instead of getting a "well done", I got a "don't do that ever again". My dad explained that though I did the "right thing" in the dogs best interest, the owner probably won't be happy with a possible fine. I did call them with my mobile phone to their mobile phone, and if they were indeed unhappy with what I've done, they have that option of verbally abusing me over the phone. My dad said, in the past, if you ever took a stray to the pound, you would be thanked and the owner would be grateful. These days, people get angry easily, and instead of getting thanked, you'll be told to mind your own business. He said, given what the puppy owner has said about just leaving the dog, it shows that he doesn't care much about the dogs safety. So why would he be thankful for receiving a fine for the dog?
My dad told me to never do it again as I may be putting myself in danger. If a dog is often out and about, the dog owner would most likely only keep dogs for fun and not care. They'll just hate me for troubling them to get their dog back. My dad said I'm just causing trouble. But I honestly thought I was doing the right thing.
Given that I was told to just leave the dog by the owner, but instead I took it to the RSPCA in fear for the pups safety, was I in the wrong or right?