|Barked: Tue Mar 5, '13 8:33am PST |
|I re-read through all of OP's posts but I didn't see anything where they admitted the information on the chip was incorrect and then was changed. I saw where they posted that the vet and woman said they couldn't be reached on a number, but please point me to where they said the number was not correct, because "could not be reached" doesn't always mean "number doesn't work."
Heck, you know how many dogs people leave with us at work with numbers they can't be reached on? A lot. But they're not our dogs to keep.
And obviously in a normal situation a vet would NOT give out microchip information for the strangers to call the owner, but we can only go by what this woman said, and apparently she claimed that she tried to call again after leaving the vet's. Vets should not be giving out home address information either, but somehow this woman got it. How, if not from the vet? What little we know of her side of the story is very suspicious. No, that information is not--or at least SHOULD not be given out--but it was. Why? The vet is suspicious to me too.
Also, the OP DID say they contacted the vet: "We did look for her of course. We called every Vet office in 3 counties. We called Animal control we drove up and down every street and road in 4 towns knocking on doors and showing her photo to include posting them."
Everyone is irresponsible from time to time. Dogs escape. That doesn't mean their owners should get their dogs taken away. That does not mean OP should go giving the dog back. As I said before, knowing how Border bond tightly to their people, and suffer badly when separated, I doubt Cassie would even want to go back to this lady. The same way the Whippet wanted nothing more to do with us once she saw her owner again after however long it was (I was probably 9 or 10 at the time and can't remember EXACTLY, but I know it was a long time we had her). Yes she bonded to us, but she never forgot her real owner. From the sound of it even though 2 years have passed, Cassie didn't forget them for a day, and is probably as happy to finally be home as her people are to have her back.
OP had also said in one of their posts that things might be different if this woman didn't come right off as such a hag when she showed up at their door and demanded the dog or the money. If someone showed up a day after I found my dog and was getting nasty with me on my own property, you bet I'd tell them to leave, and if they refused I'd have the police escort them off for trespassing. You don't get stuff by being nasty.
The way I see it this lady did technically steal the dog, because she KNEW it had an owner VIA the microchip and made little to no attempt to find the owner. I'd question if she even posted flyers or an ad in the paper or online. Even if the information on the microchip was in fact false, she still knew it had an owner, and she still chose to keep the dog. And then, when the dog goes missing from HER property, she immediately tracks it down, possibly through illegal means (vet giving out client's information), and shows up rudely demanding money or dog.
IF she had made every attempt possibly to track down the dog's owners... IF she had shown up on their property and politely explained the situation and requested some type of reward or reimbursement, things might be different. I might suggest trying to make a deal with her. But from the sound of it, that's not what happened.
Of course we can only assume, because we don't have Ms. I-Want-Money-Or-Dog here to tell her side of the story, but I'm going to take OP's side, because I know if I was in this situation, I'd be fighting tooth and nail to keep MY dog, and I would not give someone a cent if they demanded something from me in such a way.
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