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asking for the money back is one thing. if someone found my dog, i'd be glad to repay any and ... though, since it was your choice to keep her and treat her instead of turning her over to animal control.

she can't make repayment a requirement of the dog's return. if the owner shows up she's legally obligated to give the dog back, and the owner is not required to pay for anything.
a coworker of mine found a cat in the street last year, it had been run over by a car or two. she took the poor thing to the vet and paid $900 or so for treatment (we all pitched in to help). the owner finally showed up, gave her no money, refused to keep the cat indoors, and there was absolutely nothing my coworker could do about it.
-kelly
she can't make repayment a requirement of the dog's return. if the owner shows up she's legally obligated to give the dog back, and the owner is not required to pay for anything.

yep, which is why i said "try." i think it's one thing to inform the owner that you gave the pet vet care and how much it cost. if the owner chooses to offer to reimburse you, great. if not, hey, you made the choice to take responsibility for the animal.
the owner finally showed up, gave her no money, refused to keep the cat indoors, and there was absolutely nothing my coworker could do about it.

blech. that's unfortunate, but there's not a whole lot else that could've been done under the circumstances.
welcome back! did you find plenty to do while you were in Al-bama?

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
welcome back! did you find plenty to do while you were in Al-bama?

thanks, and i did! the civil rights institute was simply amazing. it was really well designed, with lots of little bits that really grabbed you and made you feel the exhibit. for example, when they come to the bombing of the 16th St Baptist Church on the timeline, the wall opens to the first window you see in the museum, looking out onto the church itself. i'm sure i can't do it justice with words, but let's just say i was suitably contemplative for hours following the visit.
other than that, our days were filled with motorcycle racing, visits with the SO's family, and wonderful southern food. i've decided i really like Birmingham. the people were incredibly friendly, there was lots of greenery, rolling hills, pretty much everything i like about a town. not a bad place to visit at all.
that said, i'm so happy to be reunited with my critters. the cats won't leave me alone at night, they keep rubbing against my head to make sure i'm still there, and the dogs are being really good and following me everywhere. Manu seems especially clingy. i think this may be the first time he's gone away for a while and returned to the same home. he seems really happy to be near me, and frankly, i'm pretty happy too.
-kelly
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 understand the way you feel. I also found my two adoptees in dicey condition. Both were unspayed and filthy, Murphy had heartworms, and MacKenzie was full of tapeworms (tape? round? don't remember). Murphy also had caked poop all over her, and was found running around an intersection of two busy 45 m.p.h. roads. Neither had any identification, not even a collar.

People here pointed out to me that the condition of the dog may not have to do with the care she was given. If your dog escaped and couldn't be found for months, by the time some kind person took her in she could be in pretty bad shape.
So go ahead and make the effort. Flyers, an ad in the paper (usually free), and a report to animal control, at the very least. Ask your vet to scan for a microchip. If she was a well-loved dog, the owners are probably frantically searching for her.
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thanks, and i did! the civil rights institute was simply amazing. it was really well designed, with lots of little bits that really grabbed you and made you feel the exhibit.

i'm jealous (i'm a horrible museum geek). it sounds like a quite an experience! i looked at their on-line galleries and would love to see them in person. it looks like the exhibits are intensively interactive.
i'm sure i can't do it justice with words, but let's just say i was suitably contemplative for hours following the visit.

it's hard to describe things like that, especially when they've had a profound effect on you. one of the first things you become aware of in art history classes is that you can describe something in minute detail, and even show photos/slides of it, but it's still not the real thing.
pretty much everything i like about a town. not a bad place to visit at all.

it sounds like ya'll had a great time!!
that said, i'm so happy to be reunited with my critters. the cats won't leave me alone at night, they keep rubbing against my head to make sure i'm still there,

it's surprising how demonstrative the little buggers can get when you disappear for a few days .
and the dogs are being really good and following me everywhere. Manu seems especially clingy. i think this may be the first time he's gone away for a while and returned to the same home.

poor little guy! i bet he was glad to have his world return to normal.
he seems really happy to be near me, and frankly, i'm pretty happy too.

heh. travelling is fun, but it's very nice to come home.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
asking for the money back is one thing. if someone ... treat her instead of turning her over to animal control.

she can't make repayment a requirement of the dog's return. if the owner shows up she's legally obligated to give ... no money, refused to keep the cat indoors, and there was absolutely nothing my coworker could do about it. -kelly

HORK!
Hear that, Cymbaline? You're a SUCKER. You better hand that dog over to animal control before you end up paying even more and/or going to jail for dog theft.
Charlie
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The thing is, is she is really sweet but she ... much effort should I put in on looking her owner??

I understand the way you feel. I also found my two adoptees in dicey condition. Both were unspayed and filthy, ... was found running around an intersection of two busy 45 m.p.h. roads. Neither had any identification, not even a collar.

Yes, Leah. I remember when you found Murphy. Everyone patted you on the back for rescuing her, and I was the first one to suggest you better look for the owner. You and about three other people plonked me over that. Finally Lynn K. took the same position I did and was taken seriously.
Those are the facts, and they are archived somewhere. And I am still smarting over the grave injustice done to me in that exchange, which was about two years ago.
Charlie
Hi everyone, I came home yesterday and found an old ... I might not have to really worry about it. Cymbaline

Well I didn't take her the shelter and I have my reasons why. 1 Because I don't know how it works in your area but in ours, they give the owner only 3 days to reclaim the dog. Then the dog is put out for adoption.
But I did give them a picture and contact info for the dog and they were actually grateful for not having another dog in the pound.

Despite how I feel about the animal, yes I would want someone returning my dogs to me and yes I am trying.
I guess I am a sucker for trying to help out. I hope that the owners do not share Shelly's point of view on the matter though.

Cymbaline
I understand the way you feel. I also found my ... m.p.h. roads. Neither had any identification, not even a collar.

Yes, Leah. I remember when you found Murphy. Everyone patted you on the back for rescuing her, and I was ... am still smarting over the grave injustice done to me in that exchange, which was about two years ago. Charlie

Charlie, There is a quote that stuck to me one day. I don't know who said it but it makes sense..
"Get along with everyone, have no opinion but what is spoken"

I'm glad that someone did stick up to for you. I find a lot of people on these news groups who have known each other for all these years all have one thing in common. They all share the same opinion about things and really, really try to shut down anyone who comes around with an opinion that differs from theirs.
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