I almost did this today, stole a dog that is (if this would be considered stealing).While driving on a busy road, I noticed a small white dog (best guess Bichon Frise) walking along the side in the grass. He was about 2 feet from the road. He was not tied and was going potty. I noticed a lady outside (about 50-75 feet back from the road, where the house was). I immediately wanted to pull over and ask her what she was thinking letting the dog out so close to the road. He could easily have wound up dead. Anyway, I passed the dog while slowing down and keeping my eyes on him.

In the rearview mirror, I could see the dog go out into the road and by now I was getting worried about him. I pulled around and went back to the house. I opened the door and he practically ran over to jump in the car. I got out and started in the direction of the lady who at this time was walking towards me too. I asked her if the dog was hers and she said "no, he belongs about 6 houses down". She went on to explain that she often has to take the dog back to its house because it seems to keep finding its way to her house.

She takes it home whenever she sees it so it doesn't get hit. I have to say that I was really tempted to tell the lady that I would return the dog and just take him home with me! I don't understand how anyone can let that happen over and over when they live so close to a main road.

So, when I got home, I was really kicking myself for not taking the dog with me. The lady that I was talking to was trying to tell me which house it was so I could drive the dog home. I could have easily just taken him to my house. His tag had a number to call and I think I should have given the owners a scare or something by telling them he was hit or just not calling about the dog for a few days (while he stayed at my house and let them panic).
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I almost did this today, stole a dog that is (if this would be considered stealing). While driving on a ... just not calling about the dog for a few days (while he stayed at my house and let them panic).

I wonder if you were driving on the new street of my former next door neighbors. Sounds like the exact scenario, same breed of dog. I considered having the dog stolen and placed into rescue (even contacted a BF rescue group about this), but there are 3 other dogs on my street that are allowed to roam free and I can't steal them all... I have tried talking to the owners but they seem to think it is the responsibility of the drivers to avoid hitting their dogs. Personally, the thought of my dog being loose on a street makes me want to vomit.

People are dumb and they *** me off.
I almost did this today, stole a dog that is (if this would be considered stealing)..

What an ethical dilemma that would be for most folks! Fortunately, I'm not one of them.
I consider the dog's owner naive, inept and probably unfit as pet owners, but it is not illegal to be that way. It is illegal to take things that don't belong to you. However, I never pass up even a penny, because it is easier to get forgiveness, than to get permission.

Supposedly God sees all sins as the same degree of evil. So stealing the dog is no worse than failing to rescue it. Did the dog need rescuing? After all, it was following a routine! In my opinion, it definitely needed rescuing.

Whatever it takes.
Michael,
I always enjoy your posts.
Your statement "Supposedly God sees all sins as the same degree of evil. So stealing the
dog is no worse than failing to rescue it." is one of the most eye opening, profound sentences I've read in a long while.
I like your thinking.
Perry
I wonder if you were driving on the new street of my former next door neighbors.

FWIW, I live in eastern PA.
Sounds like the exact scenario, same breed of dog. I considered having the dog stolen and placed into rescue (even ... there are 3 other dogs on my street that are allowed to roam free and I can't steal them all...

That sounds aweful.
I have tried talking to the owners but they seem to think it is the responsibility of the drivers to avoid hitting their dogs.

that's just dumb.
Personally, the thought of my dog being loose on a street makes me want to vomit. People are dumb and they *** me off.

agreed
I almost did this today, stole a dog that is (if this would be considered stealing)..

What an ethical dilemma that would be for most folks! Fortunately, I'm not one of them. I consider the dog's ... it. Did the dog need rescuing? After all, it was following a routine! In my opinion, it definitely needed rescuing.

sounds good. I usually go near the area in question to get my dog's food so I will have to go near the dog's house. that way I can check if he is out loose and away from his house. If he is running around and not near his house, I just may have to rescue him. After all, I could always call the owners and tell them that I almost hit him and maybe even make a call to Animal Control with the same story. Maybe it would be enough to scare the owners into keeping him tied? Maybe Animal Control would be able to enforce it?
So, when I got home, I was really kicking myself for not taking the dog with me. The lady that ... just not calling about the dog for a few days (while he stayed at my house and let them panic).

Turn him in to Animal Control as a stray in the road but let them know that if the owner doesn't claim him, you are willing to adopt him. Around here, if you take the dog, it's stealing, but if you turn it in to AC, you're covered. Plus, the owners get a wake-up call from the AC officers who get the name and number off the tag and a fine to get the dog out of the shelter.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
They obviously don't appreciate their little friend. You know where it goes. Go back and steal it. You sound like you would be a better friend than the owners are.
Nosey Nanci
They obviously don't appreciate their little friend. You know where it goes. Go back and steal it. You sound like you would be a better friend than the owners are.

Really, folks. Don't steal people's dogs. There are procedures to be followed in cases like this. Follow them.
Mustang Sally
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