I work from home and am on the phone most of the time. I have called animal control, for fear the poor dog will be hit by a car, or will get sick or poisoned from the garbage he eats. They've cruised the neighborhood but usually by the time they come, he's gone. This has gone on for the last 5 months to no avail. I sometimes knock on the window or stick my head out and say "go home!" and he trots off up the street and I don't see him for a few days.
Today I wasn't on the phone when the dog tore into our trash, so I went outside and called him over. I looked around, and as usual, there was not a soul to be found on our street. I petted him and noticed he had a collar with tags (but of course - no name/address. Guess I should've written down the rabies tag number but I didn't). I went back inside and got a piece of notebook paper and a pen. I wrote a note to his family and slid it through his collar and stapled it. I figured maybe his owner would see it, be curious and read it.
I wrote: " Your dog wanders the streets, knocking over and eating everyone's trash, making a mess. He poops on people's lawns, walks in the street and almost gets hit by cars. He's a sweet dog. You need to keep him on a leash or in a fenced yard, or he's going to wind up getting killed in the road - or get picked up and taken to the dog pound". I am hoping whoever is letting this dog out to roam will get the hint and do the right thing.
(Not the actual dog…lol. Photo borrowed from the internet)
I guess we'll wait and see. I would've loved to have seen the look on the dog owner's face when their dog lumbered into the house and they saw the big note stapled around his collar. LOL.