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Should I give this dog back?

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Tolalola Thu 11-Nov-10 19:52:40

To cut a long story short(ish) - a lovely stray dog moved into my grandma's garden. She's very sweet but terrified of being caught or contained. (I know where she came from and what happened to her, but that's another story.)

Anyway, she proceeded to have 9 puppies <faints>. They were so gorgeous that they became quite well-known (I live on a small island! ) and we kept 2 and managed to find good homes (I thought)for all of them.

Today, though, 3 people have been in touch with me to tell me that one of the puppies (a year old now)was found wandering, was taken to the local Animal Shelter and has been there since Saturday.

I recognise the dog and can dig around and find the contact details of the person who took her, but I am so cross that in nearly a week they haven't called the Shelter to ask about her or put up any signs to say she's lost! It's the only Shelter on the island and everyone knows it's the first place to ring if your dog goes astray. She had no tag, either, and it's just luck that the people who run the Shelter know me well and had my phone number.

DP is going down the the Shelter after work to pick her up (the Shelter people begged as they are stuffed full with dogs at the mo)and she'll spend the night here with us and her brothers, but I am sort of in two minds about whether make a big effort to get in touch with the people who took her or not. They don't seem to want her back very badly. Poor Molly

DooinMeCleanin Fri 12-Nov-10 02:13:44

YANBU. Not sure what exactly you have the rights to do with her though, unless you want to try keeping her yourself and wait and see if the owners stake their claim.

Val will know more.

FlameGrilledMama Fri 12-Nov-10 12:14:49

I would not give her back, she has been handed in to a shelter and not claimed I am sure that means you can keep her.

LotteryWinnersOnAcid Fri 12-Nov-10 14:30:28

Once a dog warden has been contacted, isn't there a certain period of time (longer than a week) that needs to elapse before you can legally claim the dog, having found her? I'm no expert, but a friend of mine who found a dog was advised this by her local dog warden when she gave up a dog she had found, and the dog was tracked by her real owner very quickly so in the end my friend couldn't keep her.

Personally I wouldn't want to give her back either. If either of my dogs went missing I would be doing everything in my power to find them. I just can't understand why these people aren't unless they don't want to (ie, left her out on purpose hoping this or similar would happen).

Or maybe there is a genuine reason they haven't been in touch? Who knows. Perhaps you ought to contact them to see what the situation is, making it clear that you are prepared to keep her if they are unable to.

FlameGrilledMama Fri 12-Nov-10 14:34:50

Actually it is possible they are on holiday and someone else was looking after the dog and cant contact them and does not know what to do? just trying to think of a legitimate reason as to why they have not looked for her.

catinthehat2 Fri 12-Nov-10 14:49:59

"Actually it is possible they are on holiday and someone else was looking after the dog and cant contact them and does not know what to do?" thought the same here.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 12-Nov-10 14:56:30

If you can manage an extra dog, I'd keep her unless they contact the Shelter with a good explanation why they didn't do it sooner.

SeaGreen Sat 13-Nov-10 16:50:20

have to agree with Grimma.

MollieO Sat 13-Nov-10 16:59:06

If the dog went missing whilst in someone else's care wouldn't that person have contacted the Shelter? I'd be reluctant to give the dog back unless there is an extremely good explanation.

Tolalola Sat 13-Nov-10 20:15:32

Thanks very much for all your opinions, you seemed to think pretty much the same as me - it was reassuring to hear that I probably wasn't being an evil dog-thief!

Just after DP got home with her from the Shelter, I got a call from the woman who runs the Shelter saying that the owners had (finally) turned up looking for her. She said she hadn't really told them much as she wanted me to talk to them and decide what I wanted to do, re: giving the dog back or not.

So she put the woman on, who sounded like she was nearly in tears and explained that they'd just moved house, had gone sailing for the day, and the dog had escaped from the garden and run off. Apparently they'd been searching the area for the dog every day since.

Clearly they were a bit dim clueless not to have put up some notices or contacted the Shelter sooner, but they said they thought she wouldn't have been taken to the Shelter because she had a collar on hmm.

She was a lovely dog, really sociable, not nervous, a bit fat <strict>, but obviously looked after well in general, so I told them to come to my house (I wanted to see how they/the dog reacted to each other, tbh).

When they got here, the 3 kids in the back of the car all started crying the dog's name when they saw her, the dog went into massive squiggle mode and squeaked a lot, the mother fell over herself with thanks and apologies and they all drove off together into the sunset. It was quite sweet, actually. grin

QueenGigantaurofMnet Sat 13-Nov-10 20:19:26

aww glad of the happy ending

FlameGrilledMama Sat 13-Nov-10 21:04:30

Awwwww smile

LotteryWinnersOnAcid Sat 13-Nov-10 22:53:03

Glad it all worked out.

It is hard not to be skeptical when so many people just abandon their dogs with no thought for what happens to them, but I'm glad in this case there was a genuine reason for them not claiming her, and a happy ending!

BuffDayKnickers0nMyHead Sun 14-Nov-10 15:00:08

Glad it was a happy ending.

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