Ugh. DH's nephew dropped his dog off at 81-yo FIL's house, and then got himself thrown in jail. FIL says it is a nice dog, but it is just too much for him. The dog is strong, and nearly pulls Papa off the porch for walks. The dog gets loose (off his tether) when tied up in the backyard. Papa is just not capable of caring for this dog properly.
This morning, the dog nipped the mailman... whatever that means. (oh - and now the story is that it happened 2x before). Once I showed up unaware of this dog, and the dog lunged at my yellow lab with a mean snarl. But maybe that was normal dog possession of their territory.
My DH has called all of the local shelters. They say the original owner has to call them. Yeah right, the jail is really going to let Nephew make a call like that. And he wouldn't anyway. Drug abuse and enabling run rampant in this family, and Nephew thinks the world owes him.
Doesn't it seem like Papa is the the default owner? What if Nephew was dead, would Papa be the implied owner? Isn't possession 9/10 of the law???
I doubt Nephew has ever taken this dog to the vet (lack of funds)... so there is likely no paperwork anywhere. However, this is an assumption.
None of the shelters will take him (full plus need "original owner"). One lady said euthanasia at the vet may be the only answer. I would put her on craigslist, but would be worried about dog fighters (euthanasia is more humane than that!!).
Anyone in New England want a female pit bull mix? Today?