What to do about a possibly dead dog?
February 17, 2011 9:11 AM Subscribe
A family I know of, but do not know personally, has been looking for their lost dog for two months. Today on my way to work, I saw a deceased dog on the side of the expressway that matches the general description of the lost dog. What do I do next?
posted by SuperSquirrel to pets & animals (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The snow we’ve had for a while has started melting, and now this dog is visible, but it’s obvious from its condition that it’s been there a long time. Use your imagination (if you dare) to picture what this poor creature looks like. I wasn’t able to stop right then, as traffic was too fast and heavy.
What do I do now? I can contact the family directly, but what if it’s not their dog? Wouldn’t it be awfully traumatic to have to see a dead animal in this condition, when they’re still hoping to find their pet alive?
I don’t know if there is a collar or tag on this dog so that a stranger can make a positive identification. I suspect that someone familiar with the dog could possibly identify it from [what’s left of] its markings, but I don’t know for sure.
Should I call the highway department or animal control, and assume they’ll make the effort to identify the dog and contact its owner if possible? Should I attempt to inspect it myself? I’m totally not sure if I can manage to look and smell a dead animal in poor condition close-up without fainting or puking.
I’m positive that I need to tell *someone*, so that’s not my question. If I was missing a beloved pet, I would want to know if it had died. But who should be responsible for identifying this particular dead dog?