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Thu Jul 11, 2013, 02:53 PM

What would you do? There's this abandoned dog in my neighborhood.

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He's been here at least 4 years and I started feeding him from the first. I did have Animal Control set up a huge cage trap in my back yard, but had it removed the next day after one of my cats ended up in it. Anyway, soon found out that others also fed him and we decided he was the neighborhood dog and called him LBD, for Lucky Black Dog.

I was unhappy because he's not neutered and has back leg dew claws that can sometimes grow into the leg. And of course he's had no vaccinations. Over the years, he's hung out with my cats and I have been able to touch him a couple of times.

A couple of weeks ago, LBD was running around with another loose dog and got into trouble. Some say he snapped at them on bikes or walking their small dogs. Animal control has traps set up in my woods and in other parts of the neighborhood and he made the local news.

Well, it was picked up and now is kind of 'international'. The 'Daily Mail' calls him the 'craftiest stray dog' in the world, having escaped capture over 92 times and including actually being shot with a tranquilizer dart.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2358838/Lucky-Black-Dog-avoids-caught-animal-services-92-times-including-dodging-tranquiliser-darts.html

This is my LBD! I'm terrified that somebody will now poison him or shoot him (both illegal)! I am in direct contact with Animal Control and have allowed free use of my 2 acre woods for attempts to get LBD. We have signed agreements that he will be turned over to an animal rehabilitator and he will be moved from his 'turf'.

Anybody have any ideas on how I can get this dog off the streets and safe?

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Reply What would you do? There's this abandoned dog in my neighborhood. (Original post)
sinkingfeeling Jul 2013 OP
Arkansas Granny Jul 2013 #1
Walk away Jul 2013 #2
d_r Jul 2013 #3
sinkingfeeling Jul 2013 #5
d_r Jul 2013 #6
sinkingfeeling Jul 2013 #7
dixiegrrrrl Jul 2013 #4
Curmudgeoness Jul 2013 #8
DainBramaged Jul 2013 #9
cheri010353 Jul 2013 #10
jtuck004 Jul 2013 #11
hamsterjill Jul 2013 #12
sinkingfeeling Jul 2013 #13

Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 02:55 PM

1. I have no ideas, but I wish you the best of luck.

LBD sounds like he's pretty savvy in addition to being lucky.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 03:10 PM

2. It sounds as if it is LONG past time this poor dog was brought in and vaccinated, neutered and...

found a home. Why would he want to come in from the wild with well meaning people feeding him? Most of the stray dogs I bring in are so hungry they will jump in any open car door.

After 4 years of scavenging and living off of small animals he won't come in on his own until winter comes and he gets hungry. That is if people stop feeding him.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 03:35 PM

3. he reminds me of our dog

she was a stray that we think is mostly lab (she has the lab type of hair and the lack of gagging reflex) and beagle (she has beagle ears and body size and shape and bays like a lab).

I was thinking that you could get somebody in the neighborhood with a fenced yard with a gate. Then get a female dog or one of those dogs he harrasses when they are out walking and put it in the yard and shut the gate when he goes in.

but I am sure he knows that he can jump a fence.

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Response to d_r (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 03:51 PM

5. Animal Control tried putting a little female, in heat, into the cage trap.

No go. The first TV report said they'd tried to trap him 92 times over the last 5 years. By now, it's got to be more than 100!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 04:01 PM

6. he's smart enough to be wary of the cage trap

that's why I was thinking get him into a fenced in yard, but he's probably a good jumper. Its hard for me to tell how tall he is from the pictures.

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Response to d_r (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 04:06 PM

7. Heck, he'll eat dinner 15 feet away from a buried snare trap and won't go

within a block of a cage trap! He's about the size of a standard poodle, only bulkier.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 03:49 PM

4. We had publicity about a similar dog here.

and it made headlines,,,he was known as the Wal-Mart dog because he hung around the local Wal-Mart.
All summer long Animal Control tried to get him, finally succeeding with one of the traps.

After capture my vet, who is on the Animal Shelter Board, examined him.
The poor thing was loaded with heartworms and other worms, had mange, was mal-nourished, had other problems.
Sadly, he did not survive the heartworm treatment.

Assuming your dog can be caught
and assuming he is or can be medically sound
he will need to be socialized, obediance trained, house broken, and never be off leash again.

There may be some folks who can provide ALL of that to make sure he does not end up running loose again.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 07:11 PM

8. Does Animal Control give any suggestions?

First, everyone will have to stop feeding him, so he will be hungry enough to enter a trap. Sooner of later, Animal Control will succeed in getting him, although it apparently will be later from the sound of it. I don't think that you should attempt to do anything on your own, because you do not have training in catching a dog, and even though you have touched him a few times, it could go very wrong if you intervened.

Make sure that people know not to feed him. That is the best you can do besides all the help you are already giving to Animal Control.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 07:39 PM

9. He is a free spirit

And the care you and your neighbors have given him is amazing.


I hope there is a happy ending to this.

DB

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 11:21 PM

11. There are lots of rescues out there - I would call around and mention the publicity

 


he's had - if they could save him it might mean a few donations. Gotta be a patient rescuer, however, 'cause even when they get him he is not gonna stay and be nice for awhile, I expect

Also, thinking about the publicity, you might think about contacting Best Friends, You might also check with

http://bestfriends.org/

They also run on donations, and just about any development person (the fundraiser in a non-profit) would love to have that kind of story to work with.

Thank you for caring.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2013, 06:34 PM

12. Under veterinary supervision,

Aren't there drugs that can be put in his food to make him sleepy enough to capture him? Ace promazine, I think??? (sorry, much more cat savvy than dog savvy, but I have dog rescue friends who do this as a last resort.)

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Response to hamsterjill (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 07:31 AM

13. The drugs work too slowly. By the time he got sleepy he could be a mile away.

He's now avoided capture more than 100 times. They had an all-out attempt with multiple traps last Thursday, but he was at my house for breakfast on Friday.

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