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Hmmm question/assistance: GEORGIA

I noticed last week a solid black German Shepherd (purebred or incredibly high mix) lying under a tree in front of the company across the road from mine in an industrial park. It was 90+ degrees outside, and the poor thing was panting hard. Someone had put some water near it. It has no collar.

I asked someone about the dog, and they said, "He lives behind our buildings. No one owns him. We have tried coaxing him over with food and such, but he's not too fond of strangers. He'll bark and then wag his tail and sit down."

So he/she does.

Yesterday when I was leaving work, I saw someone at the company across the street bent down at the dog's level with a piece of food in their hand calling out to it. The Shepherd wagged his tail, barked at her, then sat down as if he/she WANTED to go to her, but didn't.

We have a landfill at the back of our industrial park which makes me think that's where he/she is living or getting food. I tried calling some rescues, but no one is willing to take on a German Shepherd that is semi fearful of strangers. I don't think he/she is fearful, I just don't think it's had any human contact.

Does anyone know someone else I could call? The dog is near the metro Atlanta area, and I am SO afraid it will get run over by one of the tractor trailers that go zooming down the road.

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This is a hard situation. If you catch him he has no where to go. Animal control is not an option. Can you take him/her in? I dont know if you are ready to take on a pup right now or not.

Dr Good, (he is on Kicks)wondering if he might help. Might be worth the phone call. He takes on pets and treats them and then tries to adopt them out. Sorry I cant be more help!

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SouthernThistle...post this story here.......Saving Georgia Dogs forum....maybe we can get advice/help......

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Do you have a couple hours you can spend working the dog??

Bring a bag full of VERY high value items - like pieces of cooked chicken breast sautéed in garlic (GREAT smell) or the like.

Go over near the dog and sit down. Don't face the dog, present your side to him. That's less threatening.

Speak softly and toss a piece of the chicken towards him. It should be right in front of him so he can get it without moving. Keep doing this for a few minutes to let him relax a bit. Then start tossing the food a little farther out from him and closer to you. You want him to have to get up and come just a bit closer to get the food. Keep this up. If he backs away then go back to tossing it near him.

You may have to do this for several hours for several days until he will come right to you.

Then you have to work in getting some type of slip lead around his neck.

Just remember - don't push him. Let him proceed at his pace.
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Re: Hmmm question/assistance: GEORGIA

I do not have a couple of hours to spend working him. I work from 7am-6pm and then have horses I have to feed and take care of. No, I cannot take him/her as I live in an apartment that allows NO pets (lease is up in October).

There is someone at the other company where he "resides" during the day that is out there every afternoon trying to coax and tosses food to him. That's the same one he wags his tail at, barks, and sits down.

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Would a no-kill Humane Society be able to help? I know in some places the HS will help with strays and in others they won't.
Or how about the Atlanta HS & SPCA?

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You have horses, yet live in an apartment.

Sorry, very confused. And if you can care for the horses perhaps the dog could accompany you.

My hunch, adopt the dog and sell the horses. All of you would be better off.
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I don't know what's confusing about "I have horses and live in an apartment?" My horses are boarded at a boarding facility, and if you're saying something about my income re: living in an apartment and have horses, then don't. I live in an apartment home not some rat-hole as I have no want to buy a home right now.

No, the dog cannot accompany me. There are no pets allowed at the boarding facility, and where would I put him/her afterwards? The fact of the matter is I am in no position right now to have any sort of dog as a pet. My question was to whether someone had other avenues of suggestions here in Georgia for this dog.

You are right, Animal Control is not an option nor is a shelter, but a rescue or private rescue person with knowledge and ability to work with a dog with minimal human contact would work. You can't put a German Shepherd with minimal human contact in a cement pen at a shelter.

Frankly, I don't know what you mean by your post. I will NOT "sell my horses." I rescued my horses, and I don't "sell" family members. I am not financially unable to care for my horses or myself or where I live. Finances are not the issue.

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Re: Hmmm question/assistance: GEORGIA

Timber1, many people have horses that live in Apts, rent houses, live in Condo's. Horses do really well in boarding being around other horses, it isn't the type of animal that needs human contact like dogs. Suggesting someone sell their animals to rescue a dog, which they don't have time for or a place for is out of line.

Hopefully some Rescue will step in and try to trap this dog.

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