Just because a dog is wondering the streets doesn't ALWAYS mean that the dog doesn't have anyone who loves him /her or cares about him / her. Shit happens, that is life and they are a dog and sometimes they get loose / lost.
My sister Toni had a Collie when she was in high school just graduated. SHE LOVED THAT DOG! She still talks about that dog. Well my dad had a stupid beagle who got off her tie out and ran into the field howling and barking at something. My sisters dog followed, beagle came back, the Collie didn't.
One 4th of July I was at my father's cabin in PA. My Aussie who went EVERYWHERE with me and NEVER left my side was there with me too. He had been there a million times so he knew the area. We locked him in the cabin just like we did many times before and were letting off fireworks in the back yard. He for some reason decided to jump out of the screen door and when we came in the cabin he was GONE. I searched up and down the road which was a dead end street all night calling for him. Important to note "DEAD END STREET"
My dad knows most if not all the people in the other cabins on the road.. there aren't that many passed us because we are one of the last ones with electricity. Anyway, the next day I went to the police station, called the county shelter, called local vets and made fliers. Went cabin to cabin asking if anyone had seen him. I carried and to this day (even though he passed away in 2006) carry a picture of him in my car and wallet so my fliers were complete with a picture!
I then made posters and started hanging them up on the dead end rd.
The next day I was sitting the front yard hoping and praying he would come back. A car drove down the dead end road. No more then 5 minutes later my dog come trotting down the road and in the yard like "HI MOM! Where have you been?" He wasn't dirty, he wasn't hungry, he wasn't tired....
15 minutes later that same car went driving back by.
Now mind you Max had tags on him but obviously these people ignored these tags or figured b/c they were long distance numbers that they wouldn't bother to call. You can't tell me for one minute that someone didn't have him. I know they did and that just makes me so mad!
If you are going to pick up a found dog at the least take it to the pound so the owner can find him!
So, yesterday which makes me write this blog I received an email from a women who found a JRT puppy. She already had 2 dogs and couldn't possibly keep him. She wanted me to take him into rescue. I explained to her that I legally can't take in a found dog so she would need to contact the dog pound I would take the dog from there once the legal amount of time was up.
3 OPEN BUSINESS DAYS for strays w/ no tags
14 OPEN BUSINESS DAYS for strays w/ county dog license.
I told her how if I take in a found dog and the owner is looking for the dog I can legally get in trouble if the owner pressed chargers or they could sue me.
Her reply back to me was "I am sorry to hear that your part of Ohio is that way. Where I am from people try to help each other."
OMG REALLY LADY!
Cincinnati a rescue women took in a found dog, placed it up for adoption, the owner were looking for it and found out she had it up for adoption. The women adopted it out before the owner contacted her and the owners sued her winning a huge law suit. The women lost her house over it because she had to fight everything in court and it cost her so much and then she lost.
Toledo a women is hauled away in handcuffs FROM WORK and lost her job because of it! She had taken in a found dog into rescue, the owners found out and pressed charges saying she stole the dog!
Holmes County a women was sentenced to 1 year jail time after picking up a dieing sick dog off the side of the road. She brought the heartworm positive, flea infested, malnourished dog back to health and found it a GREAT HOME! The back yard breeder who the dog escaped from pressed FELONY charges on the women. Felony b/c the dog was valued over $500. The women went to JAIL 1 month into her sentence gave birth to her baby girl.
Ok, the Holmes County one.. I would have done the same thing BUT SERIOUSLY! You can and will get in trouble for taking in a found dog. Sometimes yes a found dog is legitimately unwanted but how are you to know that? If a family is looking for their dog they are not going to know to come to your house and knock on your door. The dog pound is honestly the best way to re unite a dog with his family.
Here is another example written by someone who for 3 weeks searched EVERYWHERE looking for their dog.............
I never thought I would have to post “Lost Dog” fliers but just in case we took all the precautionary measures. Our Australian Cattle Dog mix and Yellow Lab were micro chipped, they had tags with all our info on her and most important, we always keep an eye on them when letting them outside to do their business.
Over a month ago we were giving the two dogs a bath when they took off after a squirrel. They ran into the woods behind our house and kept running. We ran behind them, called for them and looked for them for hours, but they were nowhere to be found. We left the back door to our basement open a crack incase they came home at night, during the day we drove around looking and calling for them. Two nights after they ran away, our Lab was in the house when we woke up. She came through the back door of the basement.
Our Cattle Dog mix was still nowhere to be found. It had been three days and we were really starting to get worried. The thoughts of what if were terrible and hard to ignore. I called shelters three counties deep and I sent a flier to every vet office and rescue within fifty miles. Three weeks went by without any leads.
We were starting to give up hope and fear for the worst when I got a message from a local vet who got a lost dog in who fit the description of our dog. I called back right away and they described the dog to me; cattle dog mix, check, female, check, about ten years old, check, blind, wait….what?
Panic immediately set in, what could have happened to her that she would be blind? Did a car hit her? Was she in pain? Our dog, our loving, sweet dog that I grew up with!
The vet continued and explained that it was a chronic condition, not something that would have happened over a two week time period. After more interrogating questions on my end and finding out the dog did not have a microchip, we confirmed that the lost dog was not our lost dog.
I was even more broken hearted after I hung up the phone. I was at work at the time and I could feel my bones sink deep into my chair. I had very little hope at this point but I still refused to give up. So I called all the shelters again and looked online at their dog lists, I was determined to find her.
It had been a month, and still nothing. At work, I heard a story of a woman whose dog ran away. She found the dog a week later dead in a field. The story brought me to tears; I couldn’t bear to think that my dog, my friend, my companion of ten years could have the same fate. I just couldn’t get those thoughts out of my head. If someone found her, they should have turned her into the county shelter. All I could think was that she was dead.
After five and a half weeks of worry and thirty-nine days of lost and found newspaper ads, we got a phone call from a family who had our dog. They saw one of our fliers at a local store. They found her a week after she went missing.
We worried for five weeks! Five weeks of bad dreams, terrible thoughts, sadness and lonely nights! I am grateful for the family that had her but I am also very bitter that they didn’t turn her into the county shelter when they found her. It is state law that found dogs must be either taken to the shelter or advertised in the newspaper as FOUND. If our dog was taken to the shelter when she was found, that would have been a month less of worry and stress.
I am ecstatic that we have our girl home but at the same time I am making it a priority to inform those who are unaware that it is THE LAW that you must take a found dog to the pound!
If you have found a dog please consider the dog’s family. They are more than likely looking for the dog.
You are worried that the dog will be euthanized so you refuse to turn the dog into the county shelter; the dog has three days for it’s owner to find them then they are legally up for adoption. If you fell quickly in love with the dog, adopt them when they come available.
If you are still not convinced and you would like to keep the dog in your care until the owner if found, put an ad in the paper and hang found dog fliers. It is ILLEGAL to keep a dog without trying to find it’s family first.
The point to this blog post is
If you find a dog, take it to the pound and if you are SO worried about it then go back when the dog would be available to the public and buy it back. Then worry about how to find it a home.