Los Angeles, CA asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California

Q: what should I do to help a dog that I believe is still being neglected by its original owners?

So for the past 3 weeks this dog that we believed that was a stray, ie. it had no collar, has been visiting us at all hours of the day, 24/7. Around the third week, we took him into our house as we did not want him to get struck by a car during his daily trek to visit my dog. This stray was extremely thin for his breed, husky, his white fur was green around his neck & still green under his ears. I gave him a bath to remove the green from his neck & I could feel how extremely lean & bony he was. It wasn’t long after that same day, a family claiming to be his owners came to our home asking him to be returned. I hesitated to return him because how thin he was. But then why did they take so long to look for him? There were no signs posts for him around my neighborhood stating he was lost. Even though I reluctantly returned him with the harness I bought for him; He’s still visiting us the past three days of this post & is still looking thin. What should I do, I have no clues where he lives?

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1 Lawyer Answer
William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Call Animal Control. He's off leash so the owners are in violation of the leash law, and possibly mistreating him. You can attempt to adopt him through Animal Control if that's what you want.

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