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About three weeks ago my neighbors across the street got a new puppy, she was about 7-8 weeks old.

Immediately we started noticing that when the puppy was outside (in the front yard) she was left unattended but didn't seem to venture farther than the carport. Of course my dog noticed her and wanted to play. Note that we DID ask if our dog could play with her when the neighbor came out as we were getting our dog to come back to our yard and he said yes.

At first she was too scared of him to do more than play for a few minutes before going to hide. Eventually she got used to him and theyd play pretty much every time they were out there at the same time (again she was never supervised and was left outside alone and we had been told that our dog could play with her.)

After about a week she would start coming into our yard to play with my dog, whom would be on a tie-out for about an hour so he could 'sunbathe' (which he loves so please don't get onto me about how tie outs are bad, he's never out there for more than an hour.). Anyway, eventually they had expressed how they didn't want her leaving their yard (note she had no collar and was not tied out and was left to rome free).

Yesterday when I went outside to play with my dog they let her out unsupervised and she came over to play so I took my dog to his tie out, hoping the puppy would go home. After 30 minutes the puppy was still there playing with my dog and the neighbor hadnt even checked on the puppy. Since it want my responsibility to make sure the puppy stayed in her yard I decided I'd let the neighbor deal with it when they came to look for her. An hour passed and my neighbor left without even looking for the puppy. Another half hour passes and I go to pick my fiancé up from school. When I got back the puppy was gone, my dog was still on his tie out.

I had assumed the neighbor came to get the puppy but there was no car there and about an hour later he came home and naturally came over to my house to ask if we'd seen her. I told him exactly what had happened and told him we'd keep an eye out for her. He seemed upset but didn't say anything else.

Then today he came over saying two people had said they saw me playing with the puppy. Again I told him exactly what had happened and he said 'I was just trying to be nice but I didnt want your dog playing with mine, I was trying to keep her in the yard." So essentially he wa blaming me for being outside SUPERViSING my dog which caused his unattended/unsecured puppy to come over to play. He didn't say this but it was quite obvious by the way he was talking to me that he was accusing me.

This puppy was very cute and very friendly so I don't find it hard to believe that she wandered farther down the road, someone saw her (without a collar or any sign of being owned) and took her. In Georgia it's the law that once a dog leaves its yard it's considered a stray.

He also said he was planning on filing a police report which I'm not worried about but the thing is I don't want to be involved. It wasn't my responsibility to make sure his dog stayed in his yard. It's also not my responsibility to give him information about if if I've seen her or know anything and I'm starting to get really angry about it.

I'm also worried about the safet of my dog. The puppy looked to be the same breed as my dog, with the same coloring and everything, and I worry (perhaps irrationally) that my neighbor will still blame me and retaliate in some way toward my dog.

Is there anything I can do? If he continues to harass me about this can I press charges?
 

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I would not leave my dog on a tie out unless it was in the back yard...paranoia of retaliation. Maybe you are crazy paranoid but I would be, too.

I have been considering a tie out myself for when I do yard work. I know he'd rather be out there but ya can't trust him not to run off!

If it were me I'd probably check the shelters for incoming strays...more as an "i told ya so" if you found the dog than being nice to him. The dog was his responsibility and he can't call the cops on you without telling on himself for breaking leash laws.
 

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You can also do your own police report. There should be a non-emergency number in your area, and if you report your side with the facts, there's less likely to be problems if your neighbor reports you as having stolen the dog. I might also check leash laws in your state prior to that phone call just so you can be prepared.
 

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I will look into both of these suggestions.

The thing is I don't want to help this guy find his puppy. He neglected her, leaving her unsupervised for sometimes the entire day, she didn't wander off for the first couple of weeks because he had scared her into staying in the yard. (my fiancé and my roommate both saw him smacking her anytime she left). He also never left adequate water or food out for her when leaving her alone.

We live in Georgia and even though it's nearing the end of summer the temperature is still well into the 90's but he wouldn't leave her any food or water that we could see and several times she'd venture out into the little ditch at the edge of the lawn to drink from it.

The other thing that bothered me is that they have a HUGE fenced in backyard, as well as a fenced in front yard with a gate and yet they left her in the open gated front yard. They said they didn't out her in the back because the dog they have back there (who is chained up 24/7 and never taken for walks or played with) is back there and they said he was mean. Which I know is not true because when my dog was a puppy he ran off to the gate of the back yard which was open at the time and they played and the 'mean' dog was very gentle with him.

They also couldn't afford the puppy as they had asked my fiancé how much a COLLAR was and the guy said he 'thought he could swing it'. If youre worrying about whether or not you can afford one of the cheapest dog accessories you obviously can't afford the dog! The guy had also mentioned wanting to breed her when she got older.

All in all the situation was just bad and I'm glad someone either stole the puppy or picked it up thinking it was a stray.
 

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While I understand your frustration about your neighbor not watching their dog...don't you feel the slightest bit guilty you didn't take her back over there when she first came out? What if she was hit by a car, picked up by someone with a bad plan, or is just lost and scared? My thoughts are never "stupid person for not watching their dog" its "this poor thing is out against some harsh elements and if I don't do something it could mean death for this dog"

Our new neighbor recently 'lost' their puppy because she was unsupervised outside and she snuck under the gate. We gave her back and informed the owner. Well guess what? The gate has been secured. Sometimes informing someone can save a life.

just my 0.02
 

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yeah but if the man beats the dog when it was found out of the yard then taking the puppy back could mean it got kicked/hit...i think that's what i read anyway.
 

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If her safety in the home is a concern then pick her up and take her elsewhere....I would never leave a friendly dog on the streets...
 

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if he is accusing you specifically, or saying you were the last person to see the dog, there isn 't a way for you to stay out of it.the cops will contact you because there has been a charge filed. if the police do contact you, give only the facts and answer only what they ask. no need to be cagey about anything but offering up unasked for information or answering an accusation with accusations of your own is a good way to incriminate yourself or provide a false motive. it is not your obligation to speak to the cops unless they arrest and miranda you and even then you lawyer up. Technically, you do not have to speak to them at all except to state your name if asked. you may not even have to provide ID depending on local laws but doing these things could lead them have reasonable suspicion and then they can place youunder arrest. i say be helpful and honest but not emotional. ultimately how you handle any fallout from this is up to you but if it goes bad, my advice is: if they do accuse you, don't say anything except to ask if you are free to go but always remain polite. you have rights but that isn't to say they won't be violated. even falsely arrested people can spend time in holding. i doubt you would be arrested but if you are, keep your mouth shut except to ask for a lawyer.

hope he was just blowing hot air. crappy neighbors suck eggs. good luck
 

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You can stone me for saying this, but I don't care what the circumstances are. I would never leave a puppy roaming free, especially one I knew, just because it wasn't my responsibility. As a decent person that loves dogs, the safety of that puppy outweighs proving a point to my nutty neighbor. I wouldn't be able to go about my day knowing that the puppy was left in an unsafe environment, no matter whose fault it was. I sure hope that dog is alive and well wherever it may be.

As far as the dog being hit by the owner, I would take that puppy inside my house and deal with that later. Certainly, the puppy running off and likely getting hit by a car could not have been the best option in this situation. Caring for a puppy's welfare like you claim and letting it run off are completely incompatible.
 

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I did not read other messages but the blame should be on your neighbour. No responsible person leaves a dog, not to mention a puppy, loose and unattended outside. It was a disappearance or acciden waiting to happen.

I hope that someone just rescued the puppy into a better life and nothing bad happened to it (getting stuck somewhere, hurt or killed by accident, taken by bad people etc.).

I do not know the American police, but where I live, I think, the police would just shrug their shoulders (or try to help to look for the puppy for the sake of the puppy, if they are animal lovers). The 'object' was left unattended, and a (likely mixed-bred) puppy has so low value in money that they have no resources to look at it thoroughly if there are other crimes or tasks at hand. And it clearly is not in your possession either. In stead, here the owner might receive tickets for leaving the animal unattended and breaking leash laws.

I would see it differently if they asked you to look after the puppy and you would have ageed.

... And I read the last post and learn that this is a revived ghost... Well, my opinion is out there now...
 

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This thread is three years old. <3
Good catch! I didn't think threads this old could be brought up again.

To the new member who found and resurrected this thread, I'd suggest that you start over and create a new thread describing your own situation.
 
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