Posted on December 22, 2011 by Wendy Alexander
The downtown area was decked with holiday lights and décor and everyone bustled to and fro on a chilly and festive night. A movement caught my eye and I watched as a small black dog ran into the middle of traffic, narrowly avoiding being hit. Numerous cars slowed and then continued on their merry way.
I was en route to serve eviction papers, not the easiest thing to do around the holidays, especially with a down-turning economy. Stopped at the red light I noticed the dog was wandering from car to car, as if it were in search of its owner. As it approached my truck, I instinctively opened the door and called to the dog. To my surprise, it jumped into my truck and sat in the passenger seat quite contentedly.
I was only trying to help the poor dog from getting hit by a car. I wasn’t looking for a new pet. My husband was going to kill me if I brought this dog home so I pulled over and phoned animal control for advice. Luckily, the owners of the dog had already contacted animal control, and I was able to meet up with them to return their dog.
Don’t Forget the Homeless…Animals
During the holidays, we all get so wrapped up, pardon the pun, in the holidays: shopping, cooking, planning, decorating, and giving and getting. It is important to remember that lost and homeless animals also need love and attention. I have been blessed with several strays that I was able to help this holiday season, and while my husband, who is not an animal person, has not been very accepting of my new hobby, I think that what I am doing is important nonetheless.
The Case of the Missing Dog
It all started in early November, when a new client called with a special request. I work for a PI firm, Custer Agency, Inc. that generally handles surveillance, domestic investigations, digital forensics analysis, civil litigation support and the like, so when “Jeff” called asking for our assistance in locating his missing dog we all couldn’t help but chuckle. While out of town Jeff’s small dog, “Gizmo” had escaped from the back yard. A neighbor found him and took him to the pound, where they encountered a man in the parking lot who wanted the dog for his girlfriend. Without filling out the appropriate paperwork with the humane society, the dog was given to the man.
When Jeff returned home from his trip, he was devastated to find Gizmo gone. The neighbor, while apologetic, was no help in offering information on the man who took Gizmo. A tip at the Animal Shelter later led our firm to discover who took the dog and through video surveillance and investigations, we were able to determine who they were and where they lived. Gizmo was returned to his rightful owner, and everyone was pleased. The dog had been abused, and it was a great relief to be able to reunite him with his loving owner.
Several weeks ago, two small dogs (a brother and sister) were dumped at one of the local shopping centers in my area. I took them home and called animal control, who told me that they were full and couldn’t take the dogs. They also instructed me to let them go if I didn’t want to keep them. I was shocked.
Let them go?!?!
Instead I kept them and posted on Craigslist, attempting to find the rightful owner. After several days, when nobody came forward, I again posted on Craigslist and was able to find a good home for the two dogs.
Animal Neglect is a Felony
46 of 50 states have enacted felony penalties for certain forms of animal abuse. Animals are dumped, burned, injured and killed everyday and it is important that society helps to protect them. It doesn’t take much effort to be kind and caring to animals, especially when they are in need. If you see an animal in need or that is being abused this holiday season, give the gift of caring and love.
Do something about the problem, don’t just ignore it.
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