So today i was driving to my parents house with my baby of 6 months. On the way there, only a few blocks from my parents house i saw a beautiful dog chilling on the side of the road. I got to my parents house and dropped some stuff off, let grandpa see the baby, had a cup of coffee and got on my way. I was there maybe an hour or so. When leaving i see the same dog maybe 1/2 mile from where i saw him before, but this time walking in the road. I pull over, and the dog wags his tail, and comes over to me. He was a German mix, and i got out and pat him. He had a collar but no tags. He looked really thin and cold as it was 23 degrees out. I know they have fur, but i don’t know what temperatures dogs can sustain or for how long.
I loaded him up in my car and we drove around for about 40 min and i was knocking on doors. Finally i found the house. The owner is a man in his late 60’s early 70’s with another small dog in the house.
The owner said that the big dog get out and even last month someone picked him up and brought him to the local shelter. I said the dog should probably have a tag on him then, and the man said "Nah, he doesn’t like em"
Between this carelessness of not tagging his dog (even after he got taken to the shelter), leaving him out in 23 degree weather for at LEAST an hour, and the fact he was very skinny, Im seriously considering taking him and keeping him the next time i see him outside 1/2 a mile from home in 20 degree weather.
also the dog didn’t want to leave my car, maybe because he was warm, but he REALLY seemed to like me.
Does this make me a terrible person for considering this?
Morally i’m fine with it, but i’ve gotten a mixed bag of reactions from others. Clearly the shelter knows te condition of the dog and deemed it ok for the owner to take him back, but i question how much the owner cares leaving him out and not even getting him tags.
thoughts? Is it ok to take this dog if i see him out in below freezing weather?