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This morning, as we were leaving for our walk, I saw a loose dog across the street. Beautiful husky adolescent, she was happy and bounded up to us. Thankfully my reactive dog Daisy handled it really well. I let go of the leash so Daisy could communicate on her own, she growled a bit and the puppy kept her distance (but still ran around us, puppy bowing and barking). At that point I think she was just annoying Daisy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
She followed us on our walk, and I was scared to death as she was jumping in and out of the street (lots of energy this dog!), so I called animal control. I led her to our back pool area where she was off the road, tied her to a pole and waited for AC. She had a nice leather collar (with charms, it was very cute) but no ID and no chip (he checked her before he left). She was clean, friendly and while she looked lanky didnt look underfed, just like a large puppy.<br><br>
I hope I did the right thing. I figured she was more likely to get found at AC than in my yard. And we have a good shelter, they are not high kill and he even said a well taken care of dog like that, they would keep her around awhile. Plus I am sure she would get adopted as beautiful as she was, in the off chance she didnt get found by her owners.<br><br>
But sigh, I feel a little bad sending her off with the "dog catcher."<br><br>
How do you handle a loose dog that is obviously lost. I was hoping as we walked along the main drag of our neighborhood to the back pool someone would see us and find her (its the only way in and out of the subdivision).<br><br>
Did I do the right thing? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I'd do the same thing. Try to find the owner. If I knew he/she would end up most likely killed, I'd keep him/her longer on my own to try to find a home, but if it's low/no kill I'd be ok sending them off. If you're really worried, you can call them and say you'll adopt her if no one else does instead of having her euthanized.
 

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You did the right thing. If my dog were to get out (and somehow miraculously lose all the multiple forms of id on him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ), I would hope that the kind person who found him would walk the neighborhood (as you did) and ask a few neighbors if they knew him and then, if that didn't turn up his identity, take him to the local shelter so I could find him.<br><br>
So, I think you did the right thing. If the shelter was high-kill where dogs got euthanized after only a couple of days or they had a policy of immediately euthanizing certain breeds, then I would keep the dog and put up found signs and ads in the paper. But, in your case, I think you did the right thing. Thank you for caring enough to help him hopefully find his way home! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup">
 

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I would put a "Found" ad in the paper, I think they are free. "Found: Dog in x area. Husky female. Call 123-4567".<br><br>
I would also make up a few "Found" fliers and post them around the neighborhood, and mention to the neighbors you found her.
 

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Also, put up signs in the neighborhood letting them know you found their dog and had it is at the shelter. Most people who lose dogs think to call A/C, but some don't.
 

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I am famous (and now my husband is too) for finding dogs and bringing them home with me. I thankfully always find the owners quickly...but I think you did what you could. Just make some signs and do a found ad in the paper. That way if the owners do not immediately call the shelter or if the shelter maybe doesn't tell them the dog is there (this happens in my county) ~ they will hear it from you and go down there!
 

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I will usually bring the dog home and put it in my yard. First thing I do is call the SPCA and AC to let them know I've found a dog, I give them my name and number. Then I put up flyers and place a free found add in the paper.I will feed the dog and care for it untill it's owners claim it or it appears no one is looking for it and then in that case I will bring the animal to the shelter or make some calls to some friends in rescue if I think the animal would easily be placed.
 
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