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  • Stray/found.dumped dog- what is your policy?

    Ah, the joys of living in the country.

    We found one running down the middle of the road, tail tucked between his legs, petrified and shaking. He was just about to get into a major intersection, and life would not be existant if he entered the middle of that one.

    I lured him to me, with my other dog. Why do I always keep lead ropes in the truck? To snare loose dogs, I guess.

    At least this one is fed.... too well fed. Choke chain, shock collar, no tags. Obnioxious, badly mannered, doesn't walk well on a leash, counter surfers... No one has reported him missing. What a suprise. I have a vet visit anyway tomorrow am, so we'll see if he's chipped, or if they have ever seen this dog before...

    Thankfully we have a pen that goes in/out of the barn, we keep bedded with straw, which is very secure. I tried to bring him inside for the night, but he wouldn't settle down, and was eyeing up the cats. He's got food and water and it's not very cold out.

    My neighbors says he's dumped. No one around here has ever seen this dog.
    If he is a dump, he hasn't been the first. They showed up only weeks after we moved here.

    What's your protocal for stray/dumped dogs?

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    The only thing that doesn't say "dump" to me is the shock collar. Those things aren't cheap. I've also known several dogs that have blown through an underground fence and gone wandering. Is it a bark collar or a fence collar?

    Regardless, it would probably end up at the shelter if I found it.

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    • #3
      What's your protocal for stray/dumped dogs?
      Depends what sort of dog it is.

      But it would start by trying to find it's owner and putting word round and including adverts.

      Assessing it's temperament and getting it to good health if it needed that.

      If it's vicious then I'd have it put down. Sociable and friendly then it's in with a good chance......

      It would be keep or keep till I can rehome depending on what it's like.

      How it would be kept would depend on what it was like. But at least shut into an empty stable or barn or else in the house.

      Sounds to me though that this one isn't a dumped dog. Fat AND with a shock collar on indicates an owner somewhere that recognises it's a dog that can run off.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Simkie View Post
        Is it a bark collar or a fence collar?
        Yeah...one of my Corgis will blow right through the invisible fence in my yard if he thinks the neighbor has put cat food out on the porch. Totally worthless if you have a smart dog, in my opinion. He's figured out that about 1 second of shock is okay if you get a cat food reward.

        Doesn't Pet Finders have a "lost and found" section? Notify your local Humane Society/SPCA, vets, PetSmart, etc.

        Good for you in saving him...

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        • #5
          yeah, he might not have been found missing at home yet.

          But not walking on leash and counter surfing 9bad manners) they might not report him missing, shock collar be damned.

          BTW, somebody mentioned on a previous thread that you might be able to get a serial number off the shock collar and maybe find the owner that way.

          I suppose it depends on the dog where he would go. Frankly atm I don't want a dog. I have been offered one, ran into adoption day at petsmart with a couple very cute candidates, but I made it home without dog.

          big dog, eyeballing cats....not very like he'd stay....
          Originally posted by BigMama1
          Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
          GNU Terry Prachett

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          • #6
            Sounds like that dog escaped.....have you read the thread about the missing dog on coth? Not the same type, but something similar as people have suggested on that thread could have happened here: stolen, escaped from car at gas station, etc.

            I do one of the following depending on the dog, it's compatibility with my dogs and with me, etc:

            Keep the dog. (some of my best dogs have been scraped off the road and one was found as a puppy at a murder scene--he wasn't a suspect or a witness.)

            Find the dog at home. Vets help with trying to find homes.

            Ask the totally crazy people (and I mean crazy as nice wonderful people) who foster dozens of dogs and cats, to squeeze in one more with a donation. Those women and men are amazing to keep so many dogs and cats at home till they find homes for them.

            Euth the dog. The pounds and humane societies are overwhelmed with adult dogs. Puppies may find a home, but adults even the purebreds, don't stand a chance. Better that I pay to euth with the needle than the pound back a truck up to the building.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by FatPalomino View Post

              What's your protocal for stray/dumped dogs?
              My policy/procedure is to secure the dog.

              File "found dog" report with local shelters (multiple jurisdictions as dogs can travel a long way in a short period of time) (if dog doesn't have id tag/rabies tag)

              Have dog scanned for chip, track any serial numbers that might be on collar....

              Keep dog in stall with straw unless dog appears very friendly, ok with cats. If he seems ok - bring him inside.

              Wait.

              If no owner is found, I either keep the dog if it's ok with livestock - or foster it until a spot opens up with the dog rescue I work with.

              I'd only take it to the shelter if the dog showed signs of being aggressive.

              So far, so good. Only had one dog that I had to turn over to my dog rescue. The rest either found homes, were reunited with their owners or are snoring on my bed.

              Whatever choice you make is just fine - the important thing is that you were kind enough to stop and help. No coal in your stocking for you!
              Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
              Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
              -Rudyard Kipling

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              • #8
                Oddly, I have never had a "dumped" dog. I know people in the country complain about this all the time, but I guess I'm so far off the beaten track that even dog-dumpers can't find me.

                I have lots of hounds passing through, though.

                If the hound will let me, I read his collar and call his owner to come get him. Sometimes this is a circuitous process - the last beagle to show up had been through three owners since the one whose name and number appeared on her collar. Trixie Beagle stayed in our outdoor pen for about three days until her current owner showed up to collect her. Not his fault, really - he'd been at a horse show that weekend, and Trixie had escaped from a fox pen the day before they had to leave.

                If the hound is too shy to let me close, I put out a pat of hay for a bed and some kibble and water. Usually once the sun comes up the next day that sort of hound leaves to find his own way home.

                Our local roadhouse has a pen out back where people drop off "found hounds" but I always hate to do that. I guess if I ever have one show up without a collar who can't find his/her own way home, I'll go post a picture of the hound on the gate to the pen with my contact info.
                I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                  My policy/procedure is to secure the dog.
                  I do pretty much what JSwan does - except we crate the foundling since we have no stalls to keep him/her in. We've picked up a few dogs running the streets and either found the owners (yay!) or found them new homes.... I sent one to a rescue.

                  If the dog is aggressive when we try to catch him, we don't try hard but will call animal control. I don't have the dog experience to safely deal with an aggressive dog. Of course, now we live where there IS no animal control, so we'll see what we do if we find an aggressive dog!
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                  • #10
                    If they are friendly, I will catch and contain them, and call animal control to come and get them. If they are not friendly (showing any fear aggression), I just call AC if the dog will not "shoo" on it's own.

                    If the dog does happen to have any contact information (tag or embroidered collar), I call the owner and contain the dog until they can come and get it.
                    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

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                    • #11
                      It depends, where i live there are alot of loose dogs, most are hounds and really just passing through, most of them have collars, the ones without collars to me are dumped or purposely lost, folks around here who dump their dogs have enough sense to take the collar off, the ones with a collar i figure escaped or got lost.
                      I have 2 pens for the strays, most of them have some sort of ID, if they don't I call a/c and have them pick the dog up, if I like the dog, i tell a/c to call me before euthing and i'll adopt the dog. Sometimes a/c will say oh that dogs been running loose for weeks or that dog is the one we keep picking up and belongs to so and so.
                      I have learned that even if a dog has a collar, if it's in bad shape to not deal with the owner but turn it over to a/c, we got a big abuser here that way, if you keep returning badly cared for dogs to the owner a/c never knows. we had this one guy who took terrible care of his dogs, after returning one to him and just feeling sick about it, my husband and i changed our policy, we let a/c deal with the nitwit now.

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                      • #12
                        We've had two dumped on us in the last eight months. Ended up keeping both. One is a beautiful yellow lab, the other some kind of hound mix. Both were very sweet. The hound just refused to leave (we now have 4 dogs). Our local shelter only will keep them for 5 days. I asked if I dropped him (the hound) off, if they would call me if he wasn't claimed before they euthanized him so I could pick him up and I was told "they don't have time for that". This is a shelter with 30 pens and only 5 occupied! So, we kept him. If (actually, when) another comes around, I will take it to a shelter in another county that is not a kill shelter.

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                          #13
                          Well, the dog I found is looking more and more like a dumped dog.

                          His shock collar is a remote control shock, and the battery is still on. And he came with a choke chain. No tags. We checked for a chip this morning: nothing.

                          I filed reports with the humane society, local vets, and put an add on Craig's List. Nothing. I'll post some flyers today. I hate surrendering animals to the humane society, mainly, because I'm not a fan at all of our humane society. At all.

                          He was 110% petrified when we found him- but he's much more social now. He did howl all night. I name all stray found dog Spanky or Napolean Dynamite, and Spanky Dynamite is settling in well.

                          At the vet's, they said, he sure looks like he thinks he belongs with you. Great. Thankfully he is great with other dogs, just a bull on the leash. He knows leashes and car rides, which makes me think he's not a farm dog, or from around here. None of us routinely walk our dogs on leashes

                          At least he's altered and well fed. He has some age- maybe 6 or 7 years old. If someone dumped him- on Christmas week- I will ask everyone to forward the explosive diarrehea curse on them. I'm dog sitting a puppy, training another puppy, and already have 5 rescued dogs of my own.

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                          • #14
                            It may be possible that he jumped out of a travelers car and ran off. Do any newspapers in your area run free lost and found ads?

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                            • #15
                              An on shock remote trainer collar to me totally does NOT scream dropped dog. It screams dog that got loose and ran and is lost.

                              Be sure to report the found dog in the neighboring areas too. A scared loose dog can run quite a bit further than we think they can.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by trubandloki View Post
                                An on shock remote trainer collar to me totally does NOT scream dropped dog. It screams dog that got loose and ran and is lost.

                                Be sure to report the found dog in the neighboring areas too. A scared loose dog can run quite a bit further than we think they can.
                                Ditto that, our dogs got on on a foggy day - and I mean FOGGY, you could hardly see your hand in front of your face - and ended up over 3 miles from home. And that was in densly populated Germany.
                                Originally posted by BigMama1
                                Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                                GNU Terry Prachett

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by FatPalomino View Post
                                  I will ask everyone to forward the explosive diarrehea curse on them.
                                  I will use my mother's favorite:

                                  "May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits."

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                                  • #18
                                    My farm is in rural SC - abandoned/stray dogs are all over the place. Over the years I have picked up/nursed back to health/found homes with friends/students more dogs then I can recall. Currently 14 of them live here at the farm/in the house with us.
                                    The last 2 strays I picked up were on their last legs - the little boy died in my arms, eventhough he was on IV, on a heating pad/warm food in his belly. Mindy, his sister is laying at my feet as I am writing this - round as a butterball turkey, spayed, UTD on her shots (thank goodness for a caring/understanding vet).

                                    To this day, I can not drive by a dog without checking for collar/weight/overall body condition - it has become second nature.

                                    If I find one with a collar/tag, I will immediately call that number/contact the vet on that tag. I also read every LOST DOG flyer I see, just in case and have been able to reunite at least 3 dogs/owners.
                                    Perfection is not attainable, but when we chase perfection, we can catch excellence - Vince Lombardi

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                                    • #19
                                      We only got to pick out one of the many dogs we had when I was growing up...all the rest were dumped.

                                      In fact one of the dogs who ended up being the best pet was quite literally dumped--in a bag and tossed over the bridge into the creek where I was fishing.

                                      Anyway...my protocol (living in town now) is:
                                      -secure dog
                                      -if tags call people (and be prepared for them to be RUDE. my goodness some of the people I have talked to! made me want to keep the dog for the dog's sake!)
                                      -if no tags, call local vets, shelter, etc. I really hate calling AC to pick up because the liklihood of exposure to disease is high. Thus far I haven't had to...have found the owners within a short period of time.

                                      My dog has gotten "lost" twice. On BOTH occasions, he was wearing his collar WITH MY PHONE NUMBER ON IT and someone decided that they wanted to keep him so they didn't call.

                                      On the first occasion, I quite literally had 20 people out looking for him. He was gone for 2 days. I "found" him because I saw a lady WALKING HIM. When I approached her about my dog, she honest to God asked if I wanted him because he was so great with her kids, so well behaved, etc...and they'd like to keep him. ????

                                      The second time, I was out to dinner and he had gotten loose because the gate was unsecured. (not by me) He went to the neighbors across the street as he "knew" them. They didn't call. nothing. Waited til the next morning and brought him home. I was out until 3am that morning in the snow trying to find my dog.

                                      So. All I can say is that accidents do happen and dogs do sometimes get loose but for Pete's Sake..if there's a collar w/ tags, please call the number!
                                      A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

                                      Might be a reason, never an excuse...

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                                      • #20
                                        Sounds like you may have dog number 6! All 6 of mine are strays or dogs that no one wanted. I also found a sheltie once with a remote collar on. She had blown threw the fence and had been missing for a week. The owners were very grateful that she was found safe and returned to them.

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