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Old 01-31-2013, 06:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just as I arrived at training yesterday, my wife called to say the wind blew our fence down and three of our dogs were missing .... I skipped training and came right home... took about an hour. Just as I arrived we got a call from the shelter. A neighbor had taken them there.
$150 a dog!!!! Our bill was $340
They charge $150 for intact strays!!
$40 for spayed/neutered

On the bright side, a lady was picking up a dog that had been stolen three years prior!! Thank goodness for chips!!
...and good thing Judge Judy wasn't involved!!
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would have been FURIOUS that someone charged me for my own dog. Especially since you picked them up the same day AND they weren't strays obviously.. they knew who to call.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Calling them a stray in that situation is pretty cold. If they showed up every month because of the fence, I could understand, but once in awhile you have to use your head.

Glad you got them back...
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We were pissed!! They didn't even pick them up... they were dropped off by a neighbor that didn't know they were ours.... my wife had just come home from the groomers, so they didn't have their tags on,,, all they had was those goofy bandanas around their necks...
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Wow really? what a money grab... I can understand a small fee, but $340? thats insane! But glad you got them back safe and sound!
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Wow really? what a money grab... I can understand a small fee, but $340? thats insane! But glad you got them back safe and sound!
trust me,, it was about an hour and a half from the time they were noticed missing until we got the call... we live across from a greenbelt that houses coyotes and bobcats... we were sick to our stomachs nervous... plus the sun was going down.... the three dogs were two Lhasa's and a 2.5 month old goldendoodle.. all three small dogs
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Its pretty normal to have to pay. Lots of places make you pay for the dogs to get out AND give a ticket. I'm happy to hear they are safe.
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...and good thing Judge Judy wasn't involved!!




That being said, that's INSANE. I do understand paying an impound fee. Maybe it should be lowered if owner picks up ASAP, or lowered a little for multiple dogs. But 150$ a dog?!? That's INSANE! I think the average in my area is about 70$ or so.
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The state of Texas is pretty serious about their leash laws. If a dog isn't contained (fenced yard, on a leash, even on a chain) it's considered a stray. If the dog is sitting on your property in your front yard and it isn't fenced, it could be considered a stray.

You have to blame all the folks who allow their pets to run loose and destroy property, chase people etc. and not the agency who attempts to protect the animals from their own owners. Same thought train regarding intact animals. Sad, but true.

I do agree, it's a steep fine. And it would hurt my pocket book if I had to pay it. But looking at the big picture, I'd much rather my dogs be safe in custody of someone who was attempting to keep them safe and not someone harboring them in hopes of creating a couple of litters for some extra bucks. Or even worse, have them running the streets and getting hit by traffic or killed by wild life.
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Our local shelter charges about 60 ($75) plus .70 per kilometer driven to pick up the dog. Thankfully the rate is the same for intact dogs, European folks are not all over the spay and neutering programs like the folks in the states.

While in your case your dogs were properly secured until the wind took off with your fence. It probably is more for a shock for people who don't properly secure their dogs. Or who knows.


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