The dog is 8 weeks old, it's ribs were showing, we found in the middle of the street unsupervised. For 2 days we knocked on doors, put up a sign, but no one claimed him. We assumed he was dumped, so a good friend took him. 3 days later, the neighbors claim to have not known the dog was gone, and that they want him back. We feel the dog was not well taken care of, and the friends have already bought food, supplies, collar, a vet visit, etc. The dog was not in the best home to start with, and I think he is better off where he is now.
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The dog is 8 weeks old, it's ribs were showing, we found in the middle of the street unsupervised. For ... was not in the best home to start with, and I think he is better off where he is now.

Ask for proof that these people own the dog. If they have it, I think you have to give it back but I am not sure legally so you probably need to check on this. Otherwise, maybe offering to buy the dog would help? And calling the authorities for the neglect might be good too.
The dog is 8 weeks old, it's ribs were showing, we found in the middle of the street unsupervised. For ... was not in the best home to start with, and I think he is better off where he is now.

Sorry, but your assumptions and feelings as to the dog's past history ultimately don't matter. If it's their dog, it should be returned.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
The dog is 8 weeks old, it's ribs were showing, we found in the middle of the street unsupervised. For ... was not in the best home to start with, and I think he is better off where he is now.

Let the dog decide who he wants as his owner.

Bob
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The dog is 8 weeks old, it's ribs were showing, we found in the middle of the street unsupervised. For ... was not in the best home to start with, and I think he is better off where he is now.

Check with your local animal control about ownership laws. In some states the simple act of paying for a rabies shot makes you the legal owner.

If it weren't for your comment that it took these people 3 days, and them being neighbors at that, to figure out the pup is missing, I'd say give him back.
If an 8wo can be gone for 3 days before they figure it out then I think you have good reason to be wary.

Tara
The dog is 8 weeks old, it's ribs were showing, we found in the middle of the street unsupervised. For ... dog was not well taken care of, and the friends have already bought food, supplies, collar, a vet visit, etc.

you have no business making that value judgment. there could be many explanations for why the dog was found in the street, and his absence not noted by the rightful owners until three days later.
heck, at various times in my dog's life, if she'd been lost, her finder might have thought she was severely underweight (she's not, but many people seem to think she is), abused (she's easily frightened by strange people and noises), used for fighting (she has lots of scarring and occasionally sports impressive looking cuts, from playing with other dogs or crittering), etc. she's not any of those things, though. she's a beloved pet who is well taken care of, and i'd be absolutely heartbroken if someone stole her from me.
The dog was not in the best home to start with, and I think he is better off where he is now.

*if* the dog were being neglected by its owner, then there are legal steps that could have been taken. what you've done is theft, pure and simple.

shelly
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Let the dog decide who he wants as his owner.

you've been watching too many Disney movies.
if i left it up to my dog to decide who to live with, she'd go home with the first child who crossed her path, regardless of whether or not that child was capable of caring for her.

shelly
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you have no business making that value judgment. there could be many explanations for why the dog was found in the street, and his absence not noted by the rightful owners until three days later.

Really? Like what? Seriously.
I'm sitting here trying to imagine under what circumstances one of mine could go missing for THREE DAYS without me knowing about it. I suppose in theory I could be out of the country and one of them might escape... But no. Even that wouldn't work. Anybody I'd trust to keep my dogs knows that they stand in loco parentis and there'd be signs up all over the place about the missing dog(s) and a full-on search in progress immediately.
Kathleen
you have no business making that value judgment. there could be many explanations for why the dog was found in the street, and his absence not noted by the rightful owners until three days later.

Are you joking? I can only think of one reason for an 8 week old puppy to be missing for 3 days and that's the owner being out of town. If they hired someone to care for the puppy then its not their fault but if they didn't then they didn't care enough about the pup to begin with.

The OP should have reported the pup to animal control but knocking on doors for two days and putting up signs is not something usually done by people looking to steal a puppy. How did the owners, who are neighbors for crying out loud, manage to miss the signs and door-knocking for 3 days? Too many bad vibes here to assume the owners were good people or that they really are the real owners.
That's not to say I think they should just keep the pup but I think AC should be brought in to handle the situation.

Tara
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