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post #31 of 47
The people who owned that puppy probably won't even miss him. So sad. There's nothing wrong with taking matters into your own hands, especially if there are no animal police in your area. Props to you for going to such a scary sounding place!
post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
It's called "rescue" in my book, Jen.
Yup!




BTW: He's sooo cute!
post #33 of 47
Whose to say where they got the puppy from????
Its not stealing its common sense to make sure the pup is taken care of well.
If you say the local animal shelter won't help either......
post #34 of 47
kudos to you! stealing or not you gave that pup a chance that he might not have had!
post #35 of 47
From a strict AC standpoint- yes that is stealing another person's "property" (i HATE to use that term but animals are viewed as property according to the law). The proper course of action would have been to call the AC officers out and file a report (i know if we get anything in we repond very quickly- but every shelter is different.) Then you let the AC officers go up there and see the condition of the animal- if the pet is in bad shape, such as what you said- then it will be confiscated immediately and the owners will be cited for animal cruelty and be summoned to appear in court on charges of animal abuse/neglect just depending on the situation. If AC find out you "stole" the owners property however- you could get into trouble (i say that not to be mean, but that's just what would happen out here-even if it was for the right reason (which it was!) you would still be reprimanded likely because you didn't go through the proper chanels.)

That being said though Jen, from a personal point of view, not an AC one- i really do think what you did was the right thing honey. It sounds like the pup was in aweful shape and would have not made it if it had been left much longer. The only drawback now is that you can not file a complaint properly and get these people reprimanded/punished like they should be for leaving an animal in that condition without incriminating yourself. I do think though that if the shelters near you are high kill- the puppy would have likely been put down if it was in bad condition- so it is good that you took it and have helped it and are trying to rehome it. At the end of the day love, you saved it's life....so "right or wrong" in the laws eye....i think what you did was right I wish more people cared half as much about animals as you do! You're such a good person for helping them!
post #36 of 47
Thread Starter 
Ya dog forums are so much more tense and quick to judge then on here for the most part. Thanks though guys for reassuring me
post #37 of 47
Yes it was stealing and yes you were right to do it.

Sometimes that's the way it is....
post #38 of 47
Also the people would have to prove that the puppy was theirs to begin with. I mean if you say the puppy was yours and you found her in the street and they say the puppy is theirs it's just your word against theirs.

What helps prove that an animal belongs to someone is if they have photos of the animal, vet records, adoption or purchase documents (if the animal was gotten from a breeder or rescue) etc. and I sincerely doubt those people had any of that.
post #39 of 47
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Originally Posted by Jen View Post
Ya dog forums are so much more tense and quick to judge then on here for the most part. Thanks though guys for reassuring me
Maybe it is because dog owners feel they own their dogs (veiw as property) while cat people have given up on that notion a long, long time ago?
post #40 of 47
In my book it's rescue, not stealing. what a cutie. bless your heart for taking her in.
post #41 of 47
I would think if the puppy had no i.d. and you did not walk onto their property to get the puppy it was not stolen. That puppy was a stray.
post #42 of 47
"Property is theft." -- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, 1840

The puppy is no more your neighbor's than it is yours. And/or vice-versa. Hope this helps.
post #43 of 47
I just can't belive that any animal lover would dissaprove of that or call it stealing!!! By the way, that was a wonderful thing you did and you obviously care for animals very much.
post #44 of 47
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Originally Posted by Bonnie1965 View Post
Maybe it is because dog owners feel they own their dogs (veiw as property) while cat people have given up on that notion a long, long time ago?

lol ya
post #45 of 47
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Originally Posted by mschauer View Post
Yes it was stealing and yes you were right to do it.

Sometimes that's the way it is....
I agree.

You stole the dog. But I can't say I wouldn't have wanted to do the same thing (except I have no idea how to take care of a dog LOL).
post #46 of 47
I'm jumping in a bit late, but I chimed in that thread for you. The person who attacked you has a history of being trollish.

You definitely did the RIGHT thing. And Heidi looks like a BC mix. I honestly would doubt Shepherd of any sort. But you'll be able to tell as she gets older. Collie is a possibility, but I am still rooting for BC as tricolors are common in their breed and the gene for the black muzzle is also common. It gives her the cutest look, covering up her black and tan markings!
post #47 of 47
I already posted once, but wanted to add something.

About 7 yrs ago I did this EXACT same thing! The "owners" of a dog left him tied up, outside(with a fenced yard) and every day I would drive by there, he was literally skin and bones!! I always took him food...well one day he was tangled up in the fence, and thought to heck with it, hes comeing with me!! And indeed, thats just what he did! And needless to say he (Peanut) lived with me about 2 yrs. Until he was viciously attacked and killed by our neighbors dog.

The sad thing, the other "owners" never once put up lost ad's or anything, so you know they didnt give a rats behind that he was gone!!!
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