Caring for an abandoned dog

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Cymbaline:
Hi everyone,
I came home yesterday and found an old siberian husky who really looks like she is in need of a hug or something.
I have some fliers out around the neighborhood but I'm not sure I want to give her up if the owner comes to claim her.
She's extremely dirty, no tags, looks malnourished and her right front paw is slashed so I have her at the vet.
The thing is, is she is really sweet but she looks horible. I mean her ears might have a bit of infection (smelly ears) so how much effort should I put in on looking her owner??
I know that's a bad question to ask but from the condition of the poor thing I might not have to really worry about it.
Cymbaline
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Melinda Shore:
[nq:1]The thing is, is she is really sweet but she looks horible. I mean her ears might have a bit of infection (smelly ears) so how much effort should I put in on looking her owner??[/nq]
A lot. When I was about 11 or so our Kerry Blue Terrier disappeared. We were distraught - put ads in the local papers, repeatedly called the local shelter and the local vets, etc. She showed up a month later looking like crap, including an infected eye, skinny, and so on. We were thrilled to get her back. You don't know how she got got loose or how long she's been missing (Siberian Huskies roam for 10s of miles - sometimes more). Think how you'd feel if she were your dog.

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Tara O.:
[nq:1]Hi everyone, I came home yesterday and found an old siberian husky who really looks like she is in need ... question to ask but from the condition of the poor thing I might not have to really worry about it.[/nq]
1. You need to take her to animal control, or the shelter, and register herthere so you have powerful witnesses to the condition she's in. The opinions of you and your vet will hold little sway with AC officials if the owners decided to lodge a complaint. Ask AC to allow you to keep her in your possession and continue her vet care but at least let them see her and know you found her.
2. Its natural to assume that a dog in that condition wasn't well cared forbut not necessarily a correct assumption. For all you know she could have gotten out (any number of ways, accidents do happen), lost and has been missing for days. She could have been a very pretty dog just a week ago but due to her traveling is now looking pretty rough. Its also not abnormal for a dog to get lost and travel at least one county away. Her owners may be looking for her, but not in your area.
Anyway, do the AC thing. That way if the owner shows up, AC can rightfully question the owner about the dog's condition and judge for themselves whether they should get their dog back. If AC says to give her back then that's what you have to do but you can make the offer to the owners that should she ever need a new home, to call you. AC may talk with the owners and decide that they aren't suitable to get their dog back...or demand that they first reimburse you for her vet expenses (that's the test of a good dog owner, those who quibble about it don't really want the dog and are likely to say "just keep her") before they can have her back. Either way, they have legal standing and you don't.

Tara
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Cymbaline:
[nq:1]Hi everyone, I came home yesterday and found an old siberian husky who really looks like she is in need ... to ask but from the condition of the poor thing I might not have to really worry about it. Cymbaline[/nq]
Ok just thought I would let you know about the dog. The vet bill has ran me 145.00 dollars (ouch), "Brandy" had a fecal sample and has a worm infestion and also has a yeast infection in her right ear.

Her foot doesn't need stiches thankfully and she had to be shaved because her coat was pretty matted underneath. Looks like she got into something which matted her undercoat.
So yeah if the dog is claimed I will be asking for my money back on this one.
The vet is in my area (not my normal vet) so I left a flyer with him with her picture that I took last night.
I understand how she could be some poor kids lost dog and everything but she has no tags on her, not microchiped and honestly I just keep feeling like she's better off with me or a family that gives a damn.

I'll look into the registeration thing, I don't live inside city limits so there isn't a registeration where I am ( I don't think) and she isn't spayed either so that's going to cost me more ***.

She seems to be pretty old, the Vet guesstamated that she might be 8,9 or more years by the looks of her teeth.
Right now I bought her some Senior dog food and she seems to be eating alright.
She loves my two dogs even though they both want to play all the day she doesn't seem to mind unless they stop on her lol.

She also has the prettiest howl.
Cymbaline
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Rocky:
[nq:1]The thing is, is she is really sweet but she looks horible. I mean her ears might have a bit of infection (smelly ears) so how much effort should I put in on looking her owner??[/nq]
Think about it, Cymbaline.
If your dog was lost in rough country for a while, wouldn't you want her back?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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Laura Arlov:
[nq:2]The thing is, is she is really sweet but she ... much effort should I put in on looking her owner??[/nq]
[nq:1]If AC says to give her back then that's what you have to do but you can make the offer to the owners that should she ever need a new home, to call you. >[/nq]
I know I'm a bit off thread here, but wanted to
share a happy example of just what Tara describes.

My brother-in-law found a distraught schnauzer in
a parking lot. After looking for owner he left
messages, took the dog home, and he and sister
placed ads and did posters. The dog was in good
condition. B-I-L and dog fell in love. One of those things where the dog adores just one person,
and he, big softie, adores this dog. After a few days grateful owner calls, explains how dog was lost,
comes to get dog. Sad parting. B-I-L says as Tara
suggests. 4 months later owner calls "I'm getting
engaged and fiance hates dogs, do you still want
Silver?" Silver is 13 now and still she and B-I-L are each others first favorites.
Cymbaline - good luck with your found Siberian
Husky, and blessings upon you for helping her.
Laura and Angel
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Kind2dogs:
[nq:2]The thing is, is she is really sweet but she ... much effort should I put in on looking her owner??[/nq]
[nq:1]Think about it, Cymbaline. If your dog was lost in rough country for a while, wouldn't you want her back? Matt. Rocky's a Dog.[/nq]
Good Morning Matt~
I always tell people that have found a dog and intend not to bring the dog to the shelter..
"Unless you want to take total responsibility and financial liability for the dog bring the dog in now."
Then I go on to explain, why bringing the dog to a shelter is a good thing

Just because a dog looks bad, does not mean there is not a VERY caring home that is looking for the dog.
I would hope that if my dog was lost, thru accident, or bolting, or being stolen, that someone would find it in their heart to do the right thing, and use their head.
Paulette~
"The only thing about resisting temptation
is you might not get another chance"
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Chris Jung:
[nq:2]The thing is, is she is really sweet but she ... much effort should I put in on looking her owner??[/nq]
[nq:1]Think about it, Cymbaline. If your dog was lost in rough country for a while, wouldn't you want her back?[/nq]
I personally know of a tri rough collie, Wicca, who was lost in the Colorado mountains (IIRC in mid November). Her owner was frantic, searched, put up signs everywhere (reward of $1000 for her return). Six months past without any info or sightings.
In late May, an older gentleman and his granddaughter found a filthy, matted, thin, beat-up looking, rough collie rooting around near a trash can when they were visiting a state park to do some fishing (this park was about
15 miles from where Wicca was lost). They took her to a local vet and herecalled the lost collie signs. Nearly all the signs had been taken down so he had to do some calling around to find Wicca's owner for her to come down and do an ID. Well, this collie WAS Wicca (hurrah!) but what a difference 6 months without care made - she was a bedraggled ghost of her former glory. The gentleman and his granddaughter didn't know about the reward money and were thrilled. Wicca's owner was even more thrilled and Wicca herself was beside herself with joy to be home & safe again.I would be heartbroken if I lost one of my collies. Pablo is microchipped but Zeffie is not. Both are tattooed but the tattoo is difficult to see (they are both tri-colored which means that the skin & hair on their thighs is black/tan/white patched). Zeffie, at age 13, is still bright eyed and bushy tailed but that's because of daily medicine and daily washings of her butt & genital area (she has DM and incontinence so if not cared for, she gets a little poop stuck on her butt or gets urine scalded, if she doesn't get her daily thyroid pills, she quickly gets skin & ear inflections), so if she was lost and on her own for even a few days, she would look and smell just awful.

Pablo is a slender guy to begin with and would quickly get even skinnier on his own (especially considering his prissy reluctance to eat anything gross and raw). He's also high strung for a collie - if he's stressed and a stranger tries to pat his head, he'll duck back. So if Pablo had been lost for a while and found, the founder might think he had been starved and beaten in his former home.
Chris, her two lovely collies and the trio of foster kittens (going to new homes on Sunday - I'll miss the little hellions),
Zeffie, Pablo, Black, Tortie, and Tiger
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shelly:
[nq:1]So yeah if the dog is claimed I will be asking for my money back on this one.[/nq]
asking for the money back is one thing. if someone found my dog, i'd be glad to repay any and all expenses. hopefully you won't try to make repayment a requirement of the dog's return, though, since it was your choice to keep her and treat her instead of turning her over to animal control.
[nq:1]I understand how she could be some poor kids lost dog and everything but she has no tags on her, not microchiped and honestly I just keep feeling like she's better off with me or a family that gives a damn.[/nq]
there's nothing inherently wrong with not having your dog microchipped. collars and tags can be removed or fall off, not to mention that many people feel that it's unsafe to leave a collar on an unsupervised dog. in short, *** happens and you haven't any way of knowing whether or not she has an owner, or whether or not that owner "gives a damn" about her.

this topic has been done to death. i strongly recommend you Google for the thread that this post spawned:
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