What to do about a starving, stray dog?
March 4, 2011 1:25 PM Subscribe
What to do when you encounter a starving stray dog? I know the ethical answer, but I need help with the common sense answer.
posted by specialnobodie to Pets & Animals (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My wife ran across a starving stray in a bad neighborhood of chicago. She called me, and I reinforced her decision to leave it alone and call animal control. Neither of us happy with that solution. So, in the future, what's the right thing to do?
Of course, the ethical answer is to help the dog. My question is, how? Taking it to our home isn't an option. Even if we didn't already have 2 cats, I'm just not interested in opening our home to strange animals/fleas/etc.
Plus, It doesn't really seem smart to approach a stray that may have rabies or other behavior problems, then get it into a car where it might freak out in the confined space and attack.
I actually went to the ASPCA and Humane Society websites, but a few minutes of searching didn't really turn up anything useful. Help me out, folks. What's the right thing to do?