A couple weeks ago I left on a trip to Oregon with my Dad and sister and my dog stayed home with my Grandparents. My Grandma had just fed him his dinner and then went to make her own. She figured it was getting kind of cold so she found my dogs jacket and went to put it on him but couldn't find him. She called his name and walked outside but she couldn't find him. She got some family that was there and they were walking around looking and calling him when this guy passed by and said 'Are you looking for your dog?' My grandma said yes and the guy said when he came around the corner there was a Sherrif's car and he had just pick up a rather small dog and drove away. My aunt ran up to the corner, which is like 10 steps away and saw the end of the cruiser going down the road.
Now to clue you all in the town we live in right now currently has no law enforcement because our Head of Cheif is in jail for like 27 counts of rape and drug felonies and all that. Also we have a couple Sherrif cars that come through a couple times a week but not on a regular basis. My dog was also dragging his blue extendable leash which, if I was a cop, would indicate he belonged to somebody and he should of got out of the car and back tracked a little to see if he could fine the owner. Who knows it could of been someone who feel and needed help for all he knew.
Anyway my grandma called 911 and told them what happened but all the girl said was 'We don't have Animal COntrol here sorry'. The lady hung up on my grandma so she called back and sopke to a different lady who said the samething so my grandma said, 'Then why did the sherrif take my dog!'. By that time it was to late to go to any of the shelters and look and the next day was Sunday and they all would be closed. So finally monday rolls around and they call the shelter and they say yes we have your dog the Sherrif brought him in. My grandparents drove out to get him but the people said it would cost 70 BUCKS!! If I would have been there it would have been hell for them.
First of all by the time it happened Saturday it was to late and the shelter had been closed for a couple hours so there is no way we could of gotten him even if we wanted to which we did. Second the next day was Sunday which it was not opened at all Sunday so we should not have been made to pay those days. Then on Monday we got him first thing when they opened so they cant even consider it a whole day. But they made us pay 14 dallors a day and then he was due for his rabies so they just went a bought those so the total came to 70 bucks. Then the next week my grandma went to their usual Board Meeeting up town so she told everyone what happened. It just so happened the Sherrif was in the room and he said 'I am sorry but I did NOT take your dog.' So my grandma said 'Well the Animal Shelter confirmed a SHERRIF brough in my dog and if you would like I will take her a picture of you and see if she can verify if it was you.' The officer just looked at her and again said he had not taken my dog. So then my grandma said 'WELL THEN YOU MUST HAVE KIDNAPPED HIM!'
Anyway I just thought I would tell you all this and get everyones feedback on it. I feel they were all in the wrong and I would have taken it to court but we didn't.
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You are lucky it was only $70. Here if they pick your dog up and even bring it home to you it is $90. Of course they give it Rabies shots,It was roaming free in the neighborhood why be mad you said they were due anyway. They did not steal or kidnap your dog. The Sherrif took a stray/loose dog (however they considered it) to the anomal shelter they didnt keep it or take it home. That is what happens when your dog is loose and the police get it.Just be happy that you got it back and didnt get ran over or come up missing for good.Be happy and thankfull you have it now and get over the $70 thats not much considering waht it could have been if they fined you for loose dog,No rabie shots,No dog liscence. You got off lucky and cheap.
If your dog wasn't on a tie out or in a yard with a fence. It would be your fault or your family's fault the dog wasn't contained. You are lucky it was picked up by the authorities and not a stranger who kept it permanently.. or run over by a car. I don't see kidnapping.
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I have to agree with the others. I for one am so sick of being chased by dogs, whether they are friendly or not, because people don't control their dogs. I live across the street from a park, which has a dog park inside of it. I get at least 3 dogs chasing after mine a week.
The cop was doing his job. Plain and simple. Your dog could have had tags with your name, phone number and address on it, but he still has no obligation to bring it back to your house. He is out to deter crime, not look for irresponsible pet owners. If your dog was out and about loose in the neighborhood, you should be thankful the officer picked it up, instead of him being run over.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there. (Will Rogers)
We do have "Animal Control" where I live and they don't even do what your sheriff's department did. If you call AC here they tell you they will get to it when they can (which is never). The only time AC has come to a call in a timely matter was when a 3 year old girl was attacked. Everyone in the neighborhood had called about loose dogs several times before the attack. If it's after five you're just SOL. Several years ago, an AC officer (a super nice guy) told me, "if you feel like you are in danger and it's after hours call the PD, they have to come." Yeah right, I called when a couple of dogs wouldn't let me take the trash out and was told AC would get the message first thing in the morning. I have also been charged by numerous dogs of all shapes and sizes, when walking my dog on a leash. I would be over the moon if anyone went around picking up loose dogs. I also happened to be at the shelter years ago and saw them turn over a couple of pit bulls with heavy pieces of chain still attached to their collars back to their so called owners no questions asked. If they had charged then $70 dollars, I bet it would have been the last times those dogs got loose.
I agree, you should consider yourself lucky that you have your dog back. Look at it this way, the sheriff saved your dog from being stolen, hit by a car or attacked by another loose dog. I'm willing to bet you are going to be much more careful about how you confine your dog in the future, so the $70 served it purpose. Hopefully it will be going to help other dogs at the shelter.
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You kind of lost me there. And why was the dog running around dragging a leash ? And if it was cold enough to put a jacket on him, why not just bring him inside ? Sounds like the cop was more interested in getting the dog off the road than casing the neighborhood for an owner that should have been attached to the other end of the leash, or close behind it.
"No Matter how little money and how few possessions, you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
I know that and I am greatful that he picked him up and nothing else happened to him. But he did not have to lie and deny his doing in it. Yes he needed his rabies so I had no problem getting them, and I never said I did. I bet if it would have been a pit bull or mastiff or some other large breed dog he would not of looked twice at him and kept driving. But he didnt and because of that we had to pay alot of money for days he should not even have been counted as there. If he would of left him or waited just 1 minute my aunt would of came out to the sidewalk and saw him and ran up and cought him.
dusty082155: He was not outside he was inside and the door was partially open and he is a small dog and slipped through. We had him on the leash because they just got back from a walk and it was not signifigently cold it just was getting dark and he likes his sweater on...
"He is out to deter crime, not look for irresponsible pet owners."
Exactly. Thats why I feel he should not of picked him up or waited a minute and at least fess up to it when asked. Sorry this is just how I feel and if you knew how our police system is right now you would feel the same way too. But thank you all for your feedback. Yes I AM thankful he was picked up and nothing serious happened to him but really, if it had been a larger dog he would not of looked tiwce.
If he would of left him or waited just 1 minute my aunt would of came out to the sidewalk and saw him and ran up and cought him.
Sorry, no sympathy here. It takes more than a minute for an officer to 1 - see your dog 2 - pull his car over 3 - park his car 4 - walk towards your dog 5 - pick up your dog 6 - walk back to his car 7 - put the dog in the car 8 - get in the drivers seat 9 - drive away
You should think of the $70 bucks as the cost paid for a very important lesson. Dogs should be watched at all times. Especially if they're still attached to a leash.
Just count your blessings and be glad that you got him back, unharmed.
I know several people who would love to pay $70 and get their pet back, safe and sound, vaccinated, well fed and water for the weekend and let out to potty, sheltered overnight and protected from cars, animals, and sickos. There is a rescue group in town that had a therapy cat who was well known at the hospital. It was stolen over two years ago. The group still has weekly picture ads in the classfieds, offering an award just for the knowledge that she is ok, not even asking for her return anymore. If I were you I'd happily pay the fee and count yourself luckey. Things could be much worse.
"I know several people who would love to pay $70 and get their pet back, safe and sound, vaccinated, well fed and water for the weekend and let out to potty, sheltered overnight and protected from cars, animals, and sickos."
Thanks Rainbow...I am one of those people! I would happily pay $70, and my dog didn't even need his rabies shot!
SweetMommie, I'm sorry, but I'm not seeing where the officer lied. All police departments have their flaws in the eyes of someone. Some think they are too strict, some too lax, some spend too much time at the donut shop, and I think mine write too many parking tickets . I know it sucks to have to pay extra money, but let it be a lesson. Those shelters don't run themselves. While it may not have cost them $70 to care for your dog, feel good that your $70 went to helping other dogs who maybe weren't as fortunate as yours. I think the officer deserves a thank you. He didn't know your dog, if she's vicious, vaccinated, would she bite him, pee in his car, or what, but he still had the heart to protect your dog from what could have been. I don't know how long you feel the officer was supposed to wait. My dog got out last week by jumping over the baby gate in my front door. I was out the door within 5 seconds after him. Unless your town has absolutely NO crime, which doesn't sound like the case, that officer actually has other things to be doing than waiting around for you to come claim your dog.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there. (Will Rogers)
"I know several people who would love to pay $70 and get their pet back, safe and sound..."
I, too, am one of those people. Last summer, we had a lot of work done on our house and were moving furniture in and out. During the comotion my beloved ragdoll, Sushi went missing. I would give anything to have him back.
I think most of you are missing the point that this was an elderly lady involved in this scenario. She probably moved a tad slower than most of us, and the little bugger slipped out the door. If the sherriff did indeed pick up the dog, 911 would have known about it, and should not have been so rude to the grandma. I know when police have any interaction with the public they call it in.Why are the shelters closed on weekends? Do stray dogs cease all activity on weekends? There's something about this story that isn't quite right, just trying to figure out what.
I am glad you got your dog back safe and unharmed! I suggest it be used simply as a lesson learned.
Yes, accidents happen. Yes, this was an elderly person trying to catch the dog. But, the officer would have no idea of this dog was being followed by an elderly person, a child, or not being looked for at all. The door was cracked and he escaped, an accident, but still the persons fault who was caring for the animal.
Here...the cost would have been alot more $70, not to mention court costs and fines for 'dog at large'.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
Sorry I didn't really get to read all the replys but I defiently am thankful I got him back and glad the man picked him up. I was only hearing one side of the story and thats what my grandparents were saying so i believed it, I guess I didn't stop and think how much worse it could of turned out. And I do watch my dog, I watch him like a hawk. I was not home and he slipped out. And no he was not well fed there because he came home and downed a whole can of dog food (he usually eats half if not less, picky eater.) But thanks for all your replys and showing me the bright side of what happened.