|Barked: Sat Dec 31, '11 3:27pm PST |
|Your dog, your responsibility. While the owner of the male does bear responsibility - if she wouldn't have been left out, she wouldn't be pregnant. That's how the law usually sees it as well, for better or for worse.
Dogs shouldn't be left unattended in a back yard whether they are intact OR altered. Anything can happen. Dog thefts are on the rise with the economy in a slump, wild animal could attack, you just don't know.
Is there a reason you did not catch the signs of her being in heat? Swollen vulva, bloody discharge, etc? Females typically are not receptive to impregnation until over a week after they first show these signs. Given what happened with Tundra I would have thought you'd be especially paranoid about this happening again.
You need to do a spay/abort if she is indeed pregnant.
ETA: Didn't catch that this was your friend's dog. The same thing still applies to her, however. Her responsibility.
She can attempt to take the owner of the male dog to small claims court, however, it's not likely to be ruled in her favor as in-heat females are considered an "attractive nuisance" - regardless of whether or not the owner knew it or not.
Edited by author Sat Dec 31, '11 3:33pm PST
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