10-31-2017, 01:42 PM
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There is no way to know if it's one or the other based on current condition alone.
Best thing to do is take him to a shelter and/or vet to scan for a microchip. Check with all local shelters, animal control, vet clinics, etc. to see if they are aware of a lost dog matching his description. If not, give them your contact information incase a potential owner comes in looking.
Also check your state laws. In many locations you actually have to attempt to find an owner in order to legally keep or rehome any found dog. Some may actually require the dog be turned over to a shelter or animal control for a set period of time.