>we live in an apartment complex. one day while i was at lunch to walk
>sammy, a corgi was running around the yard, out in the street, etc. i
>didn't know what to do, but she followed us inside, so i decided to put
>her in kitchen with sammy for afternoon and called the complex to let
>them know i had a stray. that evening, the owners came to get the dog.
>basically were real a**holes about me taking the dog in. i told them
>both to do us all a favor, and put a collar and tag on the dog. they
>didn't like that one bit, and basically told me to f*** off. of course
>the kicker was "she never gets out". no comment.
>is, before i turn the animal back over to her, should i insist that she
>bring me a collar and tag, or even proof of ownership? i am concerned
>about this situation, and obviously the dog will continue to get out.
>any advice would be helpful. thanks.
Gee, this sounds very similar to some neighbors we had. Unfortunately my
neighbors were not only a**holes, but they were also malicious. When
they lived in the house attatched to ours, they had a black lab puppy
that they would leave outside all day in below zero weather, tie it up
with a ***collar and leave for the store, etc. I could go on and on
about these people. Thank God they moved out in May.
I was afraid to call the humane society, or the police because we had
horses on the property that I was afraid something might "accidentally"
happen to them when I left for work during the day. The husband was
arrested for battery (for beating up a guy that cut him off in traffic).
So as guilty and as "wrong" as it sounds, I didn't do anything. I
regret it, but at the same time, I feared for my animals, my safety, and
my property. They've stolen from us, destroyed property, and so on. Of
course they were clever enough to not leave any evidence that they did
it. Once they did move out, I did report them to the police, but nothing
became of it. The police simply asked them if all this was true, they
said "no" and it was simply my word against theirs. And of course, they
also have two children and another one on the way (why do a**holes
ANYWAY, if you do not feel threatened by these jerks, I would either call
the authorities, or call the humane society. If you live in an urban
area, there are probably regulations on having a dog license, a leash
law, proof of current rabies vaccinations, etc. None of which I'm sure
the owners have. I feel bad for this dog, as he/she sounds very sweet
and kind. If the dog is impounded, it will probably not be returned
until the owners consent to rabies vaccinations, license, a leash, etc.
If they do not claim the dog, perhaps you can adopt him/her? Do you know
of any friends who might want the dog if it were put up for adoption?
I would not try to take the matters into your own hands, mostly for legal
reasons. A**holes can be malicious,and might stop at nothing to "get
even". They might sue, call the police ON YOU, or destroy property. I
tried to help out with our neighbors - politely showing them what to do
and not to do with their puppy. They nodded, smiled, and then did what
they wanted anyway. They had their heads too far up their butts to hear
what I was saying.
I wish you luck, because I've been in your shoes, more or less. Please
let us know what becomes of this.
Old McDonald's Farm