(Closed) I don't know how else to help the neighbors neglected dog

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m a terrible person but i’d wait for him to break in to your yard again and then take him to a no kill shelter.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

^^I was going to say the exact same thing slomotion just said. Minus the terrible person part, because I think in this case it’s totally acceptable to trespass and steal their dog. I would have no qualms about lying and pretending he must have broken through the fence again and escaped if questioned about it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

This makes me so sad for that poor dog and mad at his family! I get that it would feel weird basically stealing their dog. In that case, maybe talk to the neighbor again and tell her you have a friend who’s willing to foster the dog and rehome him. It sounds like she wants this burden taken off her hands so maybe she would be receptive to that. Offer to let her meet the friend and see if she’s comfortable giving up the dog then.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I don’t have advice — it seems like you’re doing all of the reasonable steps to alert authorities. But thank you for giving him water and caring for him so much. Breaks my heart that his owners will not do that for him.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Yes!   Everything that the two previous posters said.   I would never normally condone taking a dog from his family because I would be devastated if someone stole my dog,  but they clearly don’t care about him.   I would hand him over to your friend the next time he escapes.   Plus if he’s escaping so much,  he clearly isn’t happy there.   You would be doing him a huge favor.   Otherwise,  I think you’ve done everything you can.   You can wait for the cops to take action,  but if that takes too long,  then I see nothing wrong in taking action yourself.   I feel so bad for that poor pup. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Let him break into your yard again and take him to a shelter. This is so depressing. I can’t believe they’re leaving their dog out in the 100 degree heat with no shade. And why is animal control not doing anything?! Ugh. I’m so sorry, Bee. It sucks you have to deal with this. But please try to get something done in the next couple of weeks before the Texas heat arrives.

Regarding your update — let your friend take him and contact a German shepherd rescue. They will drive someone out to get him and make sure he goes to the best home in the world.

If you’re genuinely concerned about being invasive, then convince animal control to take him. Then pay the $20 or whatever to adopt him before they put him down. I really think your best bet is to contact a GS rescue. They will even go to get him from the kill shelter themselves. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

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slomotion :  

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haileyblue :  I don’t think taking him to a no-kill shelter would be a ‘horrible person’ move; if the dog isn’t secure in their owners home/yard, I’d say that would be a pretty typical thing to do – think if he busted to the front yard instead of into your yard, you’d see a stray roaming the street and probably take it to the shelter to find the owner.

Do you have any GSD rescues in your area? If he does bust in your yard again, you could take him to the shelter and notify the rescue to pull him out if the owners don’t claim him.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Absolutely steal the dog. This is so disgusting 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We talked to them again and the mom said they are so lost on what to do with the dog and they want to rehome him.

By her saying that, she basically stated she no longer wants the dog. I wouldn’t think it’s invasive to take the dog to your friend or a no-kill shelter. I’m guessing by them saying they want to rehome him, they want some form of payment for him (rehoming fee). I doubt they’ll even notice the dog is missing.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Honestly, I would take him one day while they weren’t home. I had a dog when I was a kid living in Texas. My dad took my brothers and I out of town to visit family for two days (their dog was aggressive with other dogs so we couldn’t take ours) and asked my mom (recently divorced) to look after the pups while we were gone. He even offered to pay her. Well, it being summer in Texas and my mom being the awful person she is, one of the dogs overheated because she never came over to give them water and let them into the house during the day. They had nice dog houses, plenty of water when we left, but it just got too hot and my dog died. She was an Akita, so I imagine the same thing could easily happen to a German shepherd. It sounds like he’s already in bad shape, so I would get him out any way you can ASAP. These people don’t deserve to have an animal. I don’t know if helping this sweetie out would discourage them from getting another in the future, but at least you’d be saving him. I’m shocked that the police and animal control haven’t done more about this. I’m sure if you brought him to the shelter they would see just how bad it is and make sure these people never hurt another animal. I’m pretty sure in Texas they can be fined or even given jail time depending on how bad it is. 

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