Feral Stray

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  1. Love4Pits

    Love4Pits Playful Husky Pup

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    This morning while out on my runs i saw something i havent seen in awhile alittle stray dog. Right when he saw us he ran in the opposite direction and i did'nt think much about him other then I wasent sure how he could be out here there are miles between my and my neighbors and none have a dog like this one. He's mediam sized with long red ratty hair. Well around lunch time the dog showed up again i saw him from a distance watching me carry out the feed pails. I walked up closer to the woods and called to him be he took off like a deer or a rabbit. He has alot of hair but i can tell he's very skinny. I havent seen him since but i called my towns animal shelter to tell them theres a stray running around and that I think it may be feral. After I described him to them they said they had had other calls about him and no one could catch him or could'nt find him she said they had been hearing stories about dogs matching his description for going on three months. They said someone would come out and look for him later but if he did'nt find him to be careful. She told me he wasent friendly he hadent hurt anyone but he was extremly afraid of people and also he's a theif and will steal any food he can find.

    Someone from the shelter came over here an hour ago looked all over my property and did'nt see the dog. he said he would check around my neigbors property too. I found out he's quite the pest and has even killed chickens. So im wondering I have called three other shelters who said they could'nt help me any more then the shelter who is already helping out. So im just wondering if there are any other options I don't want him starving to death or being shot for merely trying to survive. But i don't want him spreading disease if he has any or stealing from my farm or attacking my animals or my neices or nephews is he ran into them. I don't know what to do if he shows up again theres not much i can do he's a fast little bugger. And i really don't want to feed him and coax him into trusting me because if he IS sick I can't have him around my dogs bo matter how badly I feel. Any advice would be great. I know i probley won't see him again the man who came to try and catch him said the dog never stayed in one place too long but still.....
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    poor guy..wonder what tale he has to tell..i doubt if he is that scared he would try to aattack..stealing chickens is a different story.i'd be robbing the egg house too if i were that hungry..i know what i would do, and that would be try lure him in little by little, but that is just me and probably not the best advice at all. He must be smart tho to have survived so long..I wish there was something i could do.
     
  3. Love4Pits

    Love4Pits Playful Husky Pup

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    I have thought about him all day. Don't get me wrong i would love to coax him in and gain his trust but I can't risk all my other dogs health or happiness on this one dog no matter how badly i feel for him. He does seem like quite a smart boy. Im thinking of getting one of my dads small animal traps he used to use to catch the rabbits on their ranch (he always set them free at a different spot). Anyways im thinking of putting some food or something in there to catch his fancy and get him to get in there take the bait. Then I'll go from there figure somethings out.
     
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    Could it have been a red fox ??
     
  5. Love4Pits

    Love4Pits Playful Husky Pup

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    No he was definatly a dog he had floppy ears he looked like a Beagel/terrier mix
     
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    A humane trap is definitely a good idea. I'm surprised the animal control hasn't done that.
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    sounds like a great plan.
     
  8. Love4Pits

    Love4Pits Playful Husky Pup

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    Renee im surprised as well since he has been killing chickens. I really don't think their all that worried about it for whatever reason. Im thinking when or if i catch him I will call up a couple different rescues and animal control yet again and see what they want to do with him. Im assuming it will be put him down which i don't want to see happen.

    This is just an idea but i have plenty of land most of which is un-used hence me thinking of getting a horse. But maybe in the farthest back part of the property that reaches the woods i could built a nice sized kennel far enough away from all of my dogs. And just keep him penned not in a small pen and feed him and just alow him to live out his years in the pen. Of course this is IF he even takes the bait he may be too smart for that. And if he doesent the best to him.
     
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    Sounds like a plan to me! You're a doll, Pits!
     

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