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Friday, November 20, 2009


Last Wednesday, i mentioned in an aside to another post, that i had spent a good bit of time with an apparently stray dog in my neighborhood waiting for Animal Control to come by and pick him up. Eventually i had to go to work, but what i heard is that Animal Control eventually showed up and cited the owner. Although, according to AC, he claimed that the dog was a stray, and he wasn't really the owner. Either way, there's a pretty healthy, intact male dog running around loose for the past 10 days or so on Rand Street, near the greenway between Markham and Green.

On Saturday, i was able to get him to follow me to my house, about a mile and a half away, long enough to take these photos.

The Animal Control Department has advised me that it would be a violation of current law if i were to keep the dog myself without adopting him through the county. OK, i can live with that. As it turns out, it's been 4 years since my last dog died, and i haven't had to check how secure my yard is since then. Sometime overnight, he found a weak spot in the fence, and left.

So, how long till the Animal Control Department catches him?

This picture was taken on the greenway Thursday afternoon. It's been two weeks or more since this dog was first reported as running loose on Rand and Pamlico. How many puppies will he sire before he's picked up?



  • Violation of law if you decide to keep a stray? :|

    how greedy is that?

    both my dog were literally running around in traffic or wandered up to my house as puppies...

    By Blogger Vera, at 9:03 AM  

  • What a post, Barry: chronicling several days of one dog, numerous people, and far too much geography.

    I'm feeling surprisingly moved by this. For a variety of reasons too long/complicated to post here. But thank you. And good luck to this dog (and any of its progeny).

    By Blogger Marsosudiro, at 6:21 PM  

  • That's a shame; he's a handsome dog. Excellent post.

    By Blogger girlnblack77, at 1:09 PM  

  • Interestingly enough, Las Vegas just passed a law making it a misdemeanor to own an unsterilized dog or cat, with a few exceptions for breeders, handlers, etc. I instantly thought of your recent posts when I saw the article. I'd be in favor of something like this.

    By Blogger The Gourmez, at 12:26 PM  

  • As i said before, i'm not convinced that mandatory spay/neuter for all pets is workable, especially in a place like Durham where the majority of pets aren't even registered with the county. Which means we're not even close to universal rabies vaccination, which to me is unbelievable.

    The reason for mentioning LA's spay/neuter ordinance was simply to point out the absurdity of claiming due process protection against a spay/neuter provision for reclaiming your pet from the shelter. There is no constitutional right to own a pet, and municipalities are free to regulate pets in pretty much any way they see fit.

    By Blogger Barry, at 1:03 PM  

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    By Blogger Rob, at 9:17 PM  

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