Anytime you find what appears to be a lost pet you should first call the local animal shelter to see if anyone has reported one matching their description missing. Did you call the shelter or do you know if the people who initially found him did?
Lost dogs can travel amazing distances sometimes, so canvassing your immediate neighborhood might not yield any worthwhile results. I had 2 dogs show up in my yard years ago that belonged to someone who lived 80 miles away.
If this woman never officially reported this dog missing, then given the amount of time that transpired, unless she has some kind of documentation to support her claim, she may have a little trouble proving ownership. The irony here is that if the people that initially found this dog had turned him in to the shelter, he probably would have been euthanized.
I always advise people who own dogs to get them microchipped. Tags get lost, collars come off, but that chip is always there and once the dog has been scanned, there's little question of ownership.
To: Malone LaVeigh
The family that took him in initially had a vet check to see if he was micro chipped. They called shelters..as did we..and no one had reported the dog stolen/missing.
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