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

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 46
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Malibou Lake Mountain Club

haileyblue :  you are amazing. This poor doggy does not deserve them. He needs a loving forever home. Maybe your local ASPCA can help? 

Post # 47
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

flip_flop :  is bringing a seemingly stray dog (no collar, wandering the neighborhood) to the shelter, or calling animal control to do that job, considered theft in Texas? 

legit asking.. state laws can be super weird IMO.

eta: also, wouldn’t they need to register the chip? I did, when I got my pup.. and I pay annual fees to keep her in the home again database.

Post # 48
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

You should steal the dog and give it to your friend who is willing to house him until he can find a permanent home.  It is the right thing to do. 

I have stolen a few dogs and cats in my time (all grossly neglected or abused), and I can tell you that when someone is this neglectful of their animal they aren’t going to put up much of a fight if he is gone.  I would go to the backyard when they aren’t home, take him, and fix the fence and tether to look like he escaped.  Yes, this is all kinds of premeditation, but this isn’t murder we are talking about, this is saving the life of an innocent being. 

If on some far off chance your neighbor suspects you or you get caught, the evidence you have on hand of his conditions should be enough to keep you out of any trouble.  To many people you will simply be seen as a hero, or at the very least, a good person who did the right thing.

Post # 49
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

amanda1988 :  I don’t know, but knowingly taking someone’s property (i.e. the dog) is theft. Even if OP finds the dog wandering around, she obviously knows it’s her neighbor’s dog. It’s not a “seemingly stray” dog to her. If the dog is chipped, and the shelter contacts OP’s neighbor, it could come back to her. Especially if the neighbor gets very angry about it. 

Maybe that series of events isn’t likely, or maybe the authorities wouldn’t do anything about it even if OP’s neighbor accused her of stealing the dog. But it’s a risk that OP should think about.

Edit: also agree with the post right above mine. If OP wants to take the dog (which is totally legit and morally sound, even if the law would frown on it)–I would take the dog to the friend, not a shelter. 

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

It’s a welfare issue you need to report to the RSPCA, keep a log and if there’s no water and it’s being denied vet visits it will be taken from them

Post # 51
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Talk to your City Council and see if they can work on an emergency bill for prevention of cruelty to animals. Nobody ever goes to City Council meetings and it should be relatively easy to get an emergency bill in place, so long as you can get a council member to propose it for you. It’s a non-controversial topic and nobody will challenge it. That way, you can legally help this dog and also help empower other people who see neglect and abuse but currently have no legal way to help.

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Is there any way you can adopt him? If it were me I would probably just let him stay and tell them they can visit.

failing that I would steal him and give him to your friend, I very much doubt such neglectful owners are going to kick up much of a stink over their missing dog 🙁 

Post # 53
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

just thinking.. since she said she wanted to rehome.. could you just have your friend knock on her door and ask to buy the dog for $50 ($100, $150, $200..)? 

eta: I’ll pitch in to raise the money, if that’s an issue. I’m willing to bet other bees will too.

Post # 54
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Blushing bee

haileyblue :  Please, he is coming to you for help by breaking out.  Do not return him. Call the local no-kill animal shelter https://www.aspca.org/adopt-pet/find-shelter

Post # 54
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Newbee

I’m sorry but I could never ever live with this knowingly going on under my nose. I wouldn’t have returned him the first time he got out. I say “let him escape” and say you have no idea what happened to their neglected dog. Then give him to someone who can offer some care. And if that doesn’t happen, for the love of God, just keep him supplied with food and water somehow. 

Post # 55
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Even if this poor dog miraculously was chipped, and the chip was registered- I’m willing to bet these assholes wouldn’t be willing to pay the redemption fee to bail him out of the shelter. 

OP-your story reminded me of a news story from Houston a couple of years ago that went viral:

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Woman-arrested-after-posting-photos-of-allegedly-6613161.php

You could try the tactic the neighbor in the article used and attempt to shame them into surrendering him and putting pressure on law enforcement/animal welfare authorities to intervene by posting photos & videos on social media. Your neighbors are obviously POS though, so you would have to make a judgement call as to whether they are just run of the mill trash or if they are likely to retaliate/get violent. 

Personally, I would steal the dog and turn him in at a shelter as a stray. Once he is at the shelter you could network with GSD rescue groups to try and get him pulled or direct any interested adopters there. I’m confident his owners wouldn’t make the effort or spend the money to try and redeem him before the stray hold was up…if they even notice he is missing. 

I wish you could do things the “right way” especially because these people should be on “DO NOT ADOPT” lists to prevent them from perpetuating the cycle. But, the authorities are failing this poor guy and this is literally a matter of life or death. 

It saddens and infuriates me that people behave like your neighbors. But, I’m happy that there are good people, like you and you husband,  who care enough to try and help an innocent, defenseless creature. 

Post # 56
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

You’ve said that the owner is weakly attempting to rehome the dog but not receptive to your assistance in rehoming. I would probably do a bit of deceptive maneuvering. Ask if their dog can spend the day/a lot of time so your house because you dog requires socialising. E.g. your dog had suffered an (imaginary) attack and needs to be re-exposed to other dogs. After a couple weeks of visitation, ask the owners of they would be ok rehoming the dog with your friends because your friends have met the did through it’s visits to your house and they feel that it would be the right match for them. 

 

This way you have “accidentally” helped rehome the dog 😀

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - State Park

You take the dog. Period. We did it once, our neighbors never even really looked for her. Claimed she was loose, brought her to the local rescue league, and the dog was adopted after being rehabbed. 

 

Even if it doesn’t go that smoothly, and repercussions are worth it. 

Next time they’re not home you go untie that dog. End of story. 

Post # 58
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Bumble bee

Oh bee. I admire you so much for doing the right thingin wanting to help this dog. Please update and let us know what happens. 

Post # 59
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Please update us with what happens!! And FWIW I’m in team steal the dog!!

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