|Barked: Thu Dec 13, '12 3:32pm PST |
|Just make sure you're legally protected. How you go about that will vary somewhat by state, but there are laws in place regarding what is considered abandonment and when it is acceptable to rehome a dog. In general, unless you can prove you have contacted the owner regarding rehoming the dog and have heard nothing for X amount of time, the owner has signed the dog over to you, or the owner shows up to sign the dog over to a rescue or shelter, you COULD be sued for theft by rehoming the dog. Increasingly, states are developing laws that define ownership more by who is providing care than who purchased the dog, but it's still a very grey area.
I hate to think someone you call friend would do that to you, but I also hate to think someone would ditch their dog like he has - and if he turns up hard for cash, a lawsuit may be very appealing.
Otherwise Bullmastiff rescue would be your best bet. It doesn't always matter if a dog isn't purebred. Some rescues require it, but others will take an obvious mix, or even a general type of dog - so for that matter, you could also call other Mastiff or large breed rescues. The only way to know is to call and ask - and if they can't help you, they may know of someone who can.
ETA: I don't think you're wrong for wanting to rehome this dog. You went into this thinking it was short-term with no financial burden, not that you were adopting a new dog. If it were working fabulously, there's nothing wrong with keeping him, but since it sounds like there are several issues in play rehoming would definitely be in everyone's best interest.
Edited by author Thu Dec 13, '12 3:35pm PST
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