Dispute over Australian shepherd divi...

Dispute over Australian shepherd divides county

There are 15 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Aug 13, 2010, titled Dispute over Australian shepherd divides county. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Barraged by calls from angry constituents, a member of the county Board of Supervisors and top San Luis Obispo county officials met Thursday to find a way to reunite Annie, an Australian shepherd, with her former owner, Chuck Hogue.

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JoeBob

Santa Clara, CA

#1 Aug 13, 2010
I say let the dog decide who he wants to go to.
vhigh

Union City, CA

#2 Aug 13, 2010
why would anybody keep someone else's dog? that is just wrong...
Give Annie Back

Pacific Grove, CA

#3 Aug 13, 2010
Give Annie back to her owner, you mean people. You should be embarressed for being so selfish.
Give Annie Back

Pacific Grove, CA

#4 Aug 13, 2010
JoeBob wrote:
I say let the dog decide who he wants to go to.
She might be too confused, at this point, to decide. She was startled, then she was lost, then picked-up by the shelter and now she's been living with a new family. She needs to go back to her original owner.
Not surprised

Paso Robles, CA

#5 Aug 13, 2010
How about pulling a Solomon and see who REALLY loves the dog or is just being unbelievably selfish...
SPCA worker

Monterey, CA

#6 Aug 13, 2010
It's his own fault (Hogue's). Sounds like there was no collar (or microchip) on the dog to identify her or the owner; typical story of animals all over the nation.

The new owners deserve to keep Annie.
Not surprised

Paso Robles, CA

#7 Aug 13, 2010
OMG! To the SPCA worker...are you kidding me!? Not everyone has caved to big brother yet...not to mention a myriad of possible circumstances explaining a missing collar...geez...you give SPCA a really BAD flavor!!! Your mistake and quite cruel to the man...the new owners have zero compassion and understanding...perhaps not the 'loving home' Annie's stuck with...for now anyways...
Annoymous

Seaside, CA

#8 Aug 13, 2010
In Los Angeles if the owner finds their missing dog, and has been adopted by another family. The adopted family is required to give back the dog.

Or so I was told my an animal shelter.

Any who, just give the guy his dog back! geez really they have a ton more promising dogs just like her you can adopt out. I'm sure it can be free of charge.
rita

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Aug 13, 2010
The new "owners" apparently think of dogss more s property than companians. They need to return Annie immediately, regardless of the law.
This reminds me of the heartbreaking human case where a Vietnamese woman, sperated from her child, enduring refugee camps, finally immigrating and finding her child, only to be told, after 3 years the child was bonded with her adoptive, white, parents and couldn't reclaim her child. Children and animals are viewed as property and that is just wrong!
Dog Lover

United States

#12 Aug 14, 2010
SPCA worker, dogs get out of their collars easily, especially when they are loose and looking for safe places to hide. If they've been away from home for a whole day, they are already losing weight, making the collar even easier to lose. An unfortunate series of events can happen to anyone or any dog. That doesn't mean the original owner doesn't deserve to get her back. Your attitude is heartbreaking and makes one wonder about the SPCA. It would be nice if some other SPCA workers wrote in to counter your comments. You make it sound like it's a crime to have your dog bolt from a noise, which certainly happens somewhere every day.
rita

Santa Cruz, CA

#13 Aug 14, 2010
Dog Lover wrote:
SPCA worker, dogs get out of their collars easily, especially when they are loose and looking for safe places to hide. If they've been away from home for a whole day, they are already losing weight, making the collar even easier to lose. An unfortunate series of events can happen to anyone or any dog. That doesn't mean the original owner doesn't deserve to get her back. Your attitude is heartbreaking and makes one wonder about the SPCA. It would be nice if some other SPCA workers wrote in to counter your comments. You make it sound like it's a crime to have your dog bolt from a noise, which certainly happens somewhere every day.
Good points! SPCA seems to have turned into another big corporation, going after the big money and the big rules that only serve thier interprettion of efficiency. I love animals and support adopting shelter dogs and cats, however, more commercials are on tv on this issue than those to help the growing number of human in need of aid. Not to mention the ridiculous adoption fees, while free/low cost spay-neiter programs and vaccination events grow more rare. I would rather see a modest shelter building than sparkley state of the art showcases and vehicles that aren't replaced every other year. Just another sign of corporacry taking over even the so called non-profits. They my not make profit, but they certainly provide excess luxury for those at the top.
snooze you lose

United States

#14 Aug 14, 2010
I read this story early this morning and now it is gone so I can't go back and reread it for accuracy. If I remember, the dog was not at the SPCA, it was at the county shelter. It says the dog was scared and ran off in late June--because some idiots were probably shooting off firearms in anticipation for the 4th of July. It says the owners looked for it. How hard did they look for it? State law requires that animals only be held 3 days before they are destroyed or placed for adoption. However, if the dog had had a collar or microchip, they would have held the dog for 5-10 days before killing it or putting it up for adoption. yes, dogs do slip their collars and that is why microchips are recommended. All of my dogs are microchipped. If in fact, they looked in the shelter every day, they would have found their dog before it got adopted. And they should be thankful the dog was adopted--most 8 yr old dogs would have been killed at the end of the 3 days unless some shelter worker or a volunteer was looking out for it. So where was the owner? Sitting at home looking on craig's list to see if anyone found their dog? Get off the SPCA worker's back. I can tell none of you have done any work at a shelter and see the 1000s of dogs that come in every year and the 1000s of dogs and cats that are killed every year in every shelter across our nation.

I will agree it is a sad story--but have you met the original owner? Are they good people, has the dog gotten out before, was the dog altered, was the dog in poor shape? If they were truly looking for it, they would have found it before it ever got adopted.

go donate to an animal rescue group
rita

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 Aug 14, 2010
snooze you lose wrote:
I read this story early this morning and now it is gone so I can't go back and reread it for accuracy. If I remember, the dog was not at the SPCA, it was at the county shelter. It says the dog was scared and ran off in late June--because some idiots were probably shooting off firearms in anticipation for the 4th of July. It says the owners looked for it. How hard did they look for it? State law requires that animals only be held 3 days before they are destroyed or placed for adoption. However, if the dog had had a collar or microchip, they would have held the dog for 5-10 days before killing it or putting it up for adoption. yes, dogs do slip their collars and that is why microchips are recommended. All of my dogs are microchipped. If in fact, they looked in the shelter every day, they would have found their dog before it got adopted. And they should be thankful the dog was adopted--most 8 yr old dogs would have been killed at the end of the 3 days unless some shelter worker or a volunteer was looking out for it. So where was the owner? Sitting at home looking on craig's list to see if anyone found their dog? Get off the SPCA worker's back. I can tell none of you have done any work at a shelter and see the 1000s of dogs that come in every year and the 1000s of dogs and cats that are killed every year in every shelter across our nation.
I will agree it is a sad story--but have you met the original owner? Are they good people, has the dog gotten out before, was the dog altered, was the dog in poor shape? If they were truly looking for it, they would have found it before it ever got adopted.
go donate to an animal rescue group
I have worked at a "kill" shelter and it was hard and heartbreaking. Thre was no mention of question as to the ability of The law is written up to look at animals as property and nothing else. Legally, the new owners have the right to keep the dog, ethially, not so much. I have also seen workers classify pointers as dalmatians, wolves as german shepards and even more ridiculous categories. Shelter hours may not be compatible with a peson's work hours, there may be many shelters in area. Many reason even the most dedicated searcher doesn't find thier compnian. Just like any charity, check it out before you donate. Give the guy his dog back!
Not surprised

Paso Robles, CA

#16 Aug 14, 2010
lol...oh "snooze you lose"...you gave yourself away...you DIDN'T read the article and yet you are content to judge the man who lost his dog. You obviously work for a shelter somewhere, or have in the past in some capacity. Good for you and good for you that you have a microchip in all your pets. If you had READ the article you would know the owner looked for his dog the whole time and worked full time. Most animal lovers know that the SPCA kills animals and sooner rather than later. It's a sucky system, but it's what we have. The dog is NOT dead. The dog was given a home before the owner could retrieve him. He should get his dog back. If he truly didn't love his pet, he wouldn't care. Don't slay people before you hear the OTHER side of the story...geez...
Pam Aussie gone too

Malibu, CA

#17 Sep 3, 2010
Our very sweet Aussie, Kira, who we raised since birth, was visiting my daughter (her favorite member of our family) when she was frightened and bolted from her home. Kira has a collar with name, address and three phone numbers. She is mircochipped (although we recently discovered that the microchip on one of our other dogs that was inserted the same day by the same vet is not working so we worry about this). It has been a month since she disappeared. We are frantic to find her. We check the city and county shelter websites every day. We put in lost dog reports everywhere. No Kira. To condemn someone because their dog got out is so very wrong. Even the most careful of pet owners can have this terrible experience. The person who found Kira with a collar with our contact information has not contacted us. That person is cruel to keep her away from her lifelong home and the people who love her best of all. The SPCA worker who wrote the entry is judgmental without knowing the facts. All too typical.

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