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Unless their dog was tattooed or microchipped, there's really no way to prove it's yours (unless you have a breed with unique markings Goldens are not typically "uniquely" marked.)

or you have a mismarked dog. i'm fairly confident that i could describe harriet accurately enough to convince most anyone beyond a shadow of a doubt that she's my dog. i've also got buttloads of pictures, including ones clearly showing her mismarking or "extra flash," as i like to call it. (that's not as failsafe as microchipping in terms of proof of ownership, of course.)

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
Unless their dog was tattooed or microchipped, there's really no ... a breed with unique markings Goldens are not typically "uniquely" marked.)

or you have a mismarked dog.

Or you have dental records from a cleaning...or the dog has a scar...or the dog responds to the name you raised it with.

Tara
Was he ok?

Oh yeah, totally fine. Except it was hard to get into the front door, because he was trapped, laying down in front of it.
And I thought I was the only one... Now bear in mind that we did a very stoopid thing - ... happened. We were extremely lucky - she wasn't hurt. And that was the last time she wore a choke collar.

Wow. Glad she was ok. The way I look at it, sometimes it takes a relatively mild incident like this one to teach you the lesson that you could've learned a much harder way.
My husband's childhood dog hanged himself by his collar in a preventable way but of course how it could have been prevented never occurred to anyone in the family until it happened. Poor DH, age 10, discovered him.

Cate
This is a tragedy, of course, but it does point out some important things that have to be done if ... a couple of times looking for her dog, but didn't fill out a lost report or talk to a volunteer.

Lynn, since you know the shelter's layout, maybe you know this: Are there clear signs or instructions that say a person must fill out a lost report or talk to a volunteer when looking for a lost pet?

Cate
Just thinking out loud here, but if JQP finds him and doesn't turn him into a shelter, a microchip might not help. I would tattoo as well. Would that affect showing at all?

Every show dog I know is tatooed. Our dogs' breeder does it before the litter leaves for any new homes.
You can ignore it if you want to keep the dog anyway. Usually it's high inside a hind leg. Doesn't take much hair before it's not noticeable unless you look.
~~Judy
This is a tragedy, of course, but it does point ... fill out a lost report or talk to a volunteer.

Lynn, since you know the shelter's layout, maybe you know this: Are there clear signs or instructions that say a person must fill out a lost report or talk to a volunteer when looking for a lost pet? Cate

I would imagine this depends greatly on the shelter, its organization and the staff. I wouldn't think the shelter in say Gorman, Texas says much of anything. But one in say NYC probably or is very likely that it does. JMO and I am not certain but I do know the ones I have been to that didn't have this spelled out.

Gwen
The problem is that the dog becomes the legal property
of the new adopter at the point where they sign the adoption papers and pay for the spay (to be ... a couple of times looking for her dog, but didn't fill out a lost report or talk to a volunteer.

You know, when my dog's lost, I'm probably not thinking very clearly. I can understand everything that you're saying. But the dog was still there. Legal point of signed papers and when ownership transfers aside, the dog was still in the physical possession of the shelter.
And like Cate wondered - are there very large signs telling me what to do if I'm looking for my missing dog? I have no idea what the local protocol is if I've never been there before.
~~Judy
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The problem with a lawsuit is that the costs of defense will come out of the shelter's budget (I assume). Win or lose, the ones that really get hurt by a lawsuit are the animals (less money availble to care for them).

I'd think about that for about 5 minutes before I'd reaffirm that a lawsuit was the way to go. *If* there had been any wrongdoing by the shelter, I wouldn't want to be hoodwinked out of my dog because of the doe-eyed appeals of protecting the bottom line. Indeed *if* there was any wrongdoing, it might have been due to protection of the bottom line.

Cate
or you have a mismarked dog.

Or you have dental records from a cleaning...or the dog has a scar...orthe dog responds to the name you raised it with.

Or, as I understand in this case, the dog responds to commands in Greek.

~~Judy
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