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Q: What To Do?

April 16, 2011 | By Ches21 | 2 answers | Expired: 1217 days ago

Ches21

Zoey is my neighbor's great Dane But I always call her Dapple cause she is Dapple colored and she listens to it but not to Zoey. For awhile I thought my neighbor's no longer had her but then I saw her in the backyard yesterday and they have been leaving the gate hanging wide open I don't care that she is a friendly dog if she where to run off she could get hurt or some one else could blame her for doing something that she did not. I don't know what to do except if she gets loose onto the side walk to take her either to the humane socitey or to a rescue and take her collar off and say she is a stray. I can't hardly do that her owners though don't awnser their phone or their door cause they had a chihauhua named Duke a year or two ago and he always got loose I would catch him and knock on their door and ring the door bell they would never awnser so I put him back in the yard and checked for holes in the fence not seeing any I would leave and then soon enough he would be loose again. So I went to the next step and tried to call them but they never awnsered the phone. What finally happened was a person from an apartment down the street found Duke in the middle of the road dead he had gotten ran over by a car it was only then that the owners finally made an appearance. I feel like this was my fault and I could have prevented it by holding on to their dog until they showed their faces. I don't Want Zoey to have the same fate that Duke did. So does anyone know what I can do for Zoey?

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Phillip
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Apr 18, 2011

You could try telling your neighbors that they should start closing their gate or Zoey could get hurt, but other than that, I'm not sure.
P.S. What happened to Duke wasn't your fault.

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Jillian
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Apr 25, 2011

First I would call the Humane Society and alert them of a free roaming dog. This will hit your neighbors w/a fine if they choose to warrant a citation and maybe that alone will encourage them to be more responsible.
If they then continue you can take Zoey to a rescue I suppose...but rescues and shelters are so full that if that's the only reason you have for removing her, you may want to reconsider. Yes it does put her at risk, not quite as much as a small chihuahua since Zoey's such a large and noticeable dog, but you have to weigh the options. If they're an otherwise good home, you'd be placing her in a spot that an animal in immediate need could have had. If you do choose to take her as a stray to a rescue, seek out a Great Dane specific rescue for best chances and find them ahead of time.
Also, and just found this out, if you say you found her they'll ask you to place her at the dog warden first. In case she was lost, this would give her family 3 days to claim her. So you'll want to pretend she's yours or that this family moved and left her in the backyard where you've been caring for her.

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