“Pomeranian dog disappeared across from the Justice Dept.” UPDATE: “at the dc humane society”


@Dewb tweets us:

“@PoPville Dog disappeared during day trip—untied near 950 Pennsylvania NW. Any tips greatly appreciated!”

Hello. I’m posting this on behalf of my friend Mary, who was visiting from Boston for the day. Any emails will go straight to her.

Now then, Mary has a lovely little Pomeranian female named Kaiju. My friend tied Kaiju to a post across from the Justice Dept. and left for about 20 min. When she came back, Kaiju was gone. Kaiju weighs about 4 lb. and was securely tied to the post. There’s no way she got loose and ran away. Somebody had to have taken her. We’re hoping somebody mistakenly thought Kaiju was abused and took her away. Mary has been calling around and trying to get information from people in the area. Nothing has come up yet, so we’re taking to the Internet.

If anybody has any information, please send Mary an email. Kaiju is a lovable little fluffball who needs to be reunited with Mary ASAP.

UPDATE from Facebook:

“Omg she is fine! She is at the dc humane society. She was turned in by a good samaritan.”

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  • Hope there’s a happy ending to this but I never get why people feel like its safe to tie their dog to something and then leave it unattended.

  • Agreed. I feel terribly sorry for the owner and for the lost dog, but every time I pass by a dog that’s tied up outside of a restaurant or a store, I always think to myself, “Why would you do this? Someone can just walk off with your best friend.” I guess the lesson is, you absolutely should be able to do that and not worry about it, but there are some not so nice people around that make it a good idea to not.

  • “My friend tied Kaiju to a post across from the Justice Dept. and left for about 20 min”

    Why in the WORLD would she do this? I’m sorry to hear that the dog is missing, but what an irresponsible move on her part. The Justice Department? In the middle of downtown DC? What was she thinking?

    • Exactly. I have been sitting here shaking my head trying not to SCREAM at you…

    • It’s sad that the lady has to pay for a big mistake like that. The location and length of time is asking for trouble. Also, dog owners seem to think their dog is safe being tied up but in reality the leash is meaningless if someone wants to steal the dog. A thief only has to detach the leash from the collar. It’s takes all of 1 second.

      • Or someone who thought the dog was abandoned. 20 minutes outside in the heat all alone is a long time. Like I said below, if I saw a dog tied up outside for that long, one might think that it had been left and needed help!

        • justinbc

          I doubt anyone would think the dog was “left”. This is clearly someone who snatched it. I think it’s stupid of people to leave their dogs tied up for 3 minutes when they run into CVS for something, but 20 minutes is just idiotic. I’m surprised to read this person is from another major metropolitan area rather than BFE Kansas.

          • Now why would that make any difference? There are stupid people everywhere.

          • Yes, there are stupid people everywhere, but presumably city-dwellers are somewhat more attuned to the risk of crime (car break-ins, dog-snatchings, etc.) in a big city.

          • justinbc

            Country folk are more trusting, it’s pretty simple. When I used to live in Charlotte (a big city by comparison, but much more Southern in attitude) I rarely even bothered to lock my front door. There’s no way I would make such a mistake here.

        • Yeah, I don’t buy that the dog was thought abandoned or neglected (esp. since it was not a blisteringly hot day today). I do buy that someone saw what they thought was a pure-bred dog with resale value that could be snatched easily at 4 lbs., and helped themselves to little Kaiju. That sucks, to be sure, but it’s way more plausible to me than an animal welfare would-be good samaritan inflicting this kind of heartache on the owner of another dog, whatever they thought of that dog owner.

  • This is very sad, but people should NEVER tie dogs outside and leave them unattended, even for a few minutes! It drives me insane when I see people do this. Leave the dog home!

    I can’t imagine the kind of person that would steal a dog could ever provide a loving home for it.

    • I agree! All I can think about is the incident maybe 5 or so years ago where a dog was stolen from in front of Whole Foods. Why would you even bring your dog with you if you were going to be gone that long! It just makes no sense to me. I wouldn’t leave my dog tied up for even a second.

    • I know, I can’t stand this and I don’t understand it. If you know you’re going somewhere you can’t bring a dog inside (does anyone really think you can bring a non-service dog in to the Justice Dept, assuming that’s where she was) just leave the dog at home or in your hotel. Maybe the person just took the dog because they thought they were doing the right thing. There have been MANY times that I have considered taking a dog that I’ve seen tied up outside of a store in 30 degree weather, however I know that’s just an impulse and I would never actually do it (unless it ended up being there for hours), I just go in to the store and attempt to shame whoever its owner is. The pup looks really sweet and hopefully will get back home soon.

      • Exactly! People are completely clueless. One can only hope a good samaritan rescued the poor thing…this girl probably shouldn’t own a dog. Wonder if she left water for it?? Doubtful.

        I found the state-by-state tether laws pretty interesting: http://www.animallaw.info/articles/State%20Tables/tbustetherlaws.htm

        According to DC, it is unlawful to tether a dog in a way that
        – Causes the animal to choke
        – Does not permit the animal to reach food, water, shade, dry ground
        – Does not permit the animal to escape harm

        It seems to me that tethering a dog outside a store on a short leash prohibits the dog from reaching food/water/shade and does not permit them to escape harm.

        • justinbc

          I’m pretty sure that statute is referring to people who chain their dogs up permanently in a yard, not someone who leaves it outside momentarily. I don’t think people should do either, but you would probably have a hard time getting MPD to enforce the latter.

  • Kaiju means “monster” in Japanese. What a cute name for a small dog. So sorry to hear about Kaiju’s abduction. Really sad. I never leave my dog longer than 5 minutes and only outside a place where I can see out the windows, like CVS.

    • Yes, that’s what I was thinking. I would do it if I could keep the dog within eyesight for a relatively short period of time and only if I absolutely HAD to because people are a-holes. She definitely SHOULD have been able to do it, but that’s just not the world we live in. Crazy. How can you be cool with stealing someone’s dog? I can only imagine cartoon villains doing something like that. The Grinch. Mr. Burns.

      • justinbc

        I can’t think of a scenario where someone would HAVE to tie their dog up outside. It’s almost always a matter of being lazy and not wanting to leave the house twice when you already have to go out to walk the dog. Leave that thing at home then do your chores, it’s really not complicated.

        • Bathroom emergency is the one thing that came immediately to my mind. Sure you could just crap your pants so as not to leave the dog unattended, but that doesn’t seem like something most people would do.

          • justinbc

            Yeah I would probably give someone a pass for a literal bathroom emergency, but it seems unlikely you would be walking your dog in that scenario unless you just have an uncontrollable bladder problem (which I realize many do). In any case, I would guess this is by far the minority of instances, but still a possibility.

        • My dog’s favorite thing in the world is to walk to the coffee shop. I tie him up outside while I run in, but I can always see him and he can always see me. Penn Ave. for 20 minutes? Heck no.

      • Accountering

        There is no possible situation, ever, where you would “have” to leave your dog outside. You being able to “see” him, does nothing. When I big scary dude comes up and unhooks him and runs away, good luck chasing him down. You are being irresponsible, and you both should be ashamed of yourself. Leave your dog at home when you run your errands.

        • I have had to leave my dog outside a windowed place like CVs to buy water on hot days. My dog loves long walks but he drinks a ton and I can’t always carry enough.

        • The more I mature the more I shy away from “absolutes” and judging people’s motives. Life has a way of putting you in one of those “Well I’D NEVER!” situations and you end up doing the exact thing you judged someone else for doing. Live long enough. It’ll happen. To be clear, I don’t think tying a dog up outside is a good practice. For reasons including and outside of the issue the OP had. But I’m sure between now and the end of days there could possibly somewhere, somehow be a reasonable explanation for a person having to run inside somewhere quickly that doesn’t allow dogs.

        • Oh wow, it’s so great to know we have The Dog Police patrolling here on Popville to make sure all of us stupid people, irresponsible dog owners, idiots — and whatever else many of you have called us — will keep in line and behave like good the good little drones that YOU think we should be. It’s amazing that you can be so comfortable saying incredibly rude things to people you don’t even know.

          Look, I know this may be hard for some people to understand, but some of us actually know what we’re doing. And you know what? Dozens of years as pet-owners WITHOUT INCIDENT is all the proof I need that we’re capable of thinking for ourselves and applying good judgment from one situation to the next with regard to ourselves and our pets.

          We’re not ALL so un-sound in judgment as to leave a small dog outside of the DOJ on a high foot-traffic street in sweltering heat for 20 mins. Please remember who this thread is actually about.

          • Just because you personally have never had an incident doesn’t mean it’s good judgement to leave your dog tied outside unattended.

        • Let’s promote more things to be scare about. Like big scary dudes who are about to snatch you, your dog, your toddler, etc. Yay for instilling mass fear in everyone. As we see from this story it is the good samaritan you need to worry about more than the big scary dude.

          Was it smart to leave your dog for this long on a busy street where it wasn’t so obvious where you went (as in not outside a coffee shop)? Probably not. But were you really putting the dog or someone else in danger? Or are people just hyped up an over reacting?

    • I watched a dog chew through its leash outside of a CVS and start running toward traffic on 14th St. It took less than 5 minutes. The owner said she left him outside rather than at hom because he gets separation anxiety.

  • The owner was from out of town so perhaps she didn’t realize this, but pure-bred dognappings have been occurring around here. Maybe it’s not an everyday occurrence but it’s often enough to make me hyper paranoid about ever leaving my dogs unattended. Not trying to make you feel bad or scared, but just letting you know that lately I seem to be reading more and more about dogs being stolen (not just when the dog is alone, but when walking with the owner as well!). If it’s any help you may want to check craigslist or other sites for someone trying to sell a Pom. Good luck.

    • This is a good point. It’s very sad this happened to her and I feel bad, but I do hope others reading this might learn from her mistake. Never, ever leave your dog unattended where someone might easily walk off with them. Even in your own front yard. This drives me crazy as it is certainly not unheard of for dogs to go missing from their own yards- especially cute little ones like this.

    • +1. A purebred small dog left unattended is a target for thieves — not a whole lot of risk and a potentially hefty payoff.

    • I do not think there are many dognappings of the variety you mention directly across from the FBI Building, but perhaps. The only people down here during the day are tourists.

      She was from out of town, but she wasn’t from Kansas. The OP says she was from Boston. Having lived there, I assure you, no one with any sense would do this there either.

  • When I first moved to DC, I used to stand with the dogs that were tied up outside, to keep them company and make sure that they were safe. One day I was standing with a Collie-ish dog outside of the Adams Morgan Safeway when his owner came out of the store and yelled at me to get away from his dog. I get it, you don’t know me or my intentions with your dog. But on the other hand, you just left your dog outside, unattended, and tied to a poll in the middle of Adams Morgan where anyone could take or hurt your dog. People…quit tying your dogs to polls (or whatever!) and leaving them on the street. Even for a second. If I saw a dog tied up out in the hot sun for 20 minutes, I might feel the need to resuce him/her too!

  • Maybe the police can get involved and see if there are any cameras around that area that could have caught the thief?

    • The DOJ is directly across the street from the FBI Building. I can’t believe every square inch isn’t covered by some camera.

  • Can anyone who does this, please explain to my why you would tie your dog up outside? seriously, what is the thought process? I find it odd behavior and would like an explanation

    • I tie my guy up every morning for ~2-3 minutes while I run in and get coffee at a neighborhood place. There are typically lots of people around and as he is still young, whines or barks a little bit while I’m inside so I’d notice if he wasn’t. I acknowledge there is inherently some risk of him being taken by some jerkface, I have trouble seeing it happen in this scenario. My motivation is that he is still learning to be at home alone (rescue dog), and it is really helpful to be able to grab a coffee on our morning walk. I work from home otherwise. I would never, ever leave him alone for 20 minutes downtown, of all places.

      • So, you leave an uncomfortable dog alone outside where you can’t control it’s reaction to other dogs or people? This is not how you train a dog to be left home alone. That’s how you train a dog to be even more nervous that it’s owner won’t come back. And you make everyone else listen to your dog whine and bark while you are grabbing coffee.

        • sorry, iphone *its

          • I hate that particular iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad autocorrect. No, I did not mean “it’s”; I meant “its”!! Why would they make it an autocorrect when there are two legitimate ways to punctuate the word, depending on whether it’s a contraction or possessive?

          • justinbc

            Android does it as well. It also changes well to we’ll a lot.

        • This is a good point. This is not the way you train dogs to better handle their separation anxiety.

        • +1. It is most disconcerting when the dog is crying and barking. Why put your dog through that? Make a cup of coffee at home and bring it with you.

        • This is overwrought – he has dramatically improved as he now recognizes this is his routine. Additionally, there are several other “regulars” with dogs who he now knows, who keep him eye on him, or play with him while I’m inside. Additionally, our dog trainer supports this and suggests this is an extension of one of the training missions. So, I don’t agree with your assessment. Moreover, he’s doing really well learning to be at home alone.

          • Is your dog left alone or with other owners? That’s a big difference. And please let me know the name of your trainer that advocates tying up your dog outside -alone- so that I don’t use him or her. You train a dog to be left home alone by crating him alone at home, not alone outside at a coffee shop, for increasing periods of time. Or you work on separation anxiety by walking into a store while someone else waits with him to ensure the safety of your dog and everyone else.

          • And, as a person who likes to sit outside a coffee shop and read, I don’t necessarily want to hear your dog bark and whine, or have it come over to me and sniff me up. I know it’s hard to believe, but not everyone in this city just loves every little thing about your dog.

          • I second wanting to know the name of your trainer so I can explicitly advise anyone who asks me for recommendations NOT to contact that person.

  • Left the dog for 20 minutes — why?! That dog must’ve been so scared. Anyways, I hope the dog is okay for the moment, hopefully she had a collar with your number on it and someone with a conscious will call you. Fingers crossed for you, I hope this was an honest mistake on your part, but sheesh I can’t imagine leaving my dog alone for 20 minutes in a foreign city.

  • Make sure your friend keeps an eye on all local Craigslist sites (DC, Baltimore, etc..). It is not uncommon for stolen animals to be sold through Craigslist along with a false sob story about how their child is allergic or how they are being evicted, to the tune of a 100% profit.

  • nightborn

    So sorry your friend lost her sweet doggie. I truly hope there is a happy ending and she gets her baby back. But yeah, I really hate to victim blame, but having heard the horror stories, I would not be leaving my dog outside unattended… and 20 minutes is a pretty long time. You wouldn’t do this with anyone or anything else in your life that you’re responsible for, right? So why your precious pet?!

  • So she ABANDONED her dog for 20 minutes? Sure it got snatched, and that sucks for everyone – and mostly the dog (maybe). But was it only ‘about’ 20 minutes, or was it really 30, 40, 60? Yes, the puppy WAS ABUSED it was ABANDONED!

    Did she keep an eye on the puppy? Unlikely.

    If being a good dog owner is the test waters for being a good parent (crazy recent notion) then this owner (AND her friend who was likely there getting a latte and chatting about Hill stuffz) FAIL.

    Check with the animal shelters.

  • So far, this thread is running about 10 victim blaming posts for every helpful hint post.
    If she hasn’t already done this, check with the Justice Department. The grounds are regularly patrolled by security officers. Maybe one of them saw the dog tied up for an extended period of time and reported it. In this day and age, anything left outside a federal facility for an extended period of time will be considered suspicious. Check DC Animal Control, the local animal shelters in DC and VA.

    • To be fair, if the dog was stolen, there’s not a whole lot of helpful advice to offer. Checking with D.C. Animal Control is indeed a good idea, as is L2’s advice to file a police report. But IMO, the best advice so far was the suggestion to look on the Craigslist sites for D.C. and Baltimore to see if someone is trying to sell a Pomeranian.
      Selling animals on Craigslist is against the rules, but that doesn’t stop backyard breeders, animal “flippers,” or others from posting animal-selling ads in the “community – pets” section or the “for sale – general” section. The most outrageous ads tend to get flagged and removed, but many of the less outrageous ones don’t.
      Also, the OP (the dog-owner’s friend) tweeted PoP with a link to the Craigslist listing for the lost Pom, but I’m not clear that the friend is actually following this thread. (I got the feeling that the idea behind the tweet was more “Keep an eye out for this lost Pom and e-mail my friend via Craigslist if you see her,” rather than “My friend’s Pom disappeared; what should she do?”) So perhaps someone should e-mail Mary (the dog owner) via Craigslist with a link to this page.

      • Oh, and the idea of checking with DOJ and FBI about footage from their security cameras is a very good idea. (Maybe MPD would consider running such video footage on their YouTube channel? Or Mary could post it herself and offer a reward?)

        • But don’t be disappointed if the agencies are not obliging. It would be unusual for the security guards to use agency resources to go back through the footage to help a random person, who isn’t an employee to boot, find their dog. The cameras are for the safety of the agency personnel and property, not for general law enforcement.

  • File a police report. There have been a few dognappings of dogs similar to this in the last year, and the police may have suspects in mind from previous instances.

  • This is so heartbreaking! I’m so sorry to hear this has happened. I hope owner and fur-baby are reunited soon.

  • isn’t it illegal in DC to leave a dog unattended? At least that’s what the signs in Harris Teeter and Whole Foods say. Therefore, the risk is on the person who left the poor dog unattended. Not sure what the police can do for her.

  • I’m sorry for the situation – it was totally avoidable and irresponsible of the owner. But, with that said, I feel for both the owner and dog.

    And, with that said, I also have to point out that “KAIJU!” has a slightly cooler ring to it than “MOLLY!” does.

  • Heather2

    That’s a pretty small dog to leave tied up for that long, but tying a dog up while you run an errand is fine, I think. My dogs enjoy the walk and enjoy being outside more than they’d enjoy being left in the house. As long as there’s shade, and the weather’s decent, there’s nothing wrong with this.

    • Yeah, there’s nothing wrong with it until a guy with bad intentions dognaps your dog within 2 seconds while you’re in Starbucks or the grocery store on your quick errand. I totally disagree that the risk is worth it, and I’d be more than devastated if my stupidity resulted in my dog being stolen. It’s almost as bad as leaving a dog in a car for a few minutes, while the temps climb rapidly. People, if the dog can’t come with you, don’t leave him or her in a car or tied to a pole. Leave them at home!!

    • justinbc

      I’ve had people stop me on the street in their car and ask if they could buy my husky. If I left her strapped up outside unattended I can imagine she would be gone in under 5 minutes. Even in the rare scenario someone pointed out above where I may have some uncontrollable bathroom urge, I would bring her in the store with me and just tell the CVS clerk to eff off if he had a problem with it.

      • Agree. I have a very small pit bull who has very pretty coloring (she’s under 40lbs). People stop me ALL THE TIME and ask if I “ever breed her” (she’s spayed you pieces of trash). I have no doubt if I ever left her unattended she would not be there when I came back.

        • I know a guy who’s super friendly, chill hound mix got stolen from in front of Target a few years ago. He found a homeless guy walking the dog a few blocks away.
          Sadly, I still see this sweet dog tied up outside establishments in my neighborhood.

    • Yes there IS something wrong with this. Many unattended dogs will whine and/or bark when tied up outside and their owners are in doing errands, subjecting everybody else to this irritating noise. Moreover, there are people who are legitimately afraid of dogs, and are left to make it by these unattended dogs (who are often standing in front of the door to the coffee shop or at the end of their leash in the middle of the sidewalk) just crossing their fingers that it’s friendly.

      • Yes. I saw a large black lab tied up outside of CVS in my neighborhood a few months ago, and there was a little girl who was too scared to walk past it on the sidewalk because it was barking. The CVS security guard had to come and walk between the girl and the dog so she could pass safely on the sidewalk. So, even if you think your big dog is a sweety and he’s barking because he misses you, other people on the sidewalk (particularly small children) don’t feel that way.

  • I hate seeing dogs tied to a pole and left alone. It’s just so irresponsible. And a little off topic, perhaps, but I also have a real problem with owners who bring their dogs with them to the local pubs on summer afternoons and force them to sit in the sun next to their owners while the owners drink. A dog should never been in the sun for more than 20 or 30 minutes at a time on a typical Washington summer day — even when it has water. You may tell yourself that the dog likes it, but he doesn’t, and you may tell yourself that you work all week and the dog needs more of your company, but he doesn’t. It’s just a cruel and selfish thing to do.

    • Most dogs I see in those situations are usually sitting in the shade under the table, at the owners feet. I guess we could argue about the heat conductivity of the ground transferring heat to the dog, but that seems a bit nit-picky.

      • Translation: Most dogs you see in those situations are struggling to find shade in any way that they can. I’m sorry, but it’s just not good for you dog.

    • How many dogs would you say you’ve owned?

      There are dogs that would love nothing more than to sit outside in the summer for hours. It’s pretty bananas to suggest that dogs cannot be outside in the summer for more than 20 minutes or so. My dog asks to sleep outside on our six floor balcony to sun herself (southern exposure).

      There are wild dogs in Africa. They’re not just dying left and right from being outside for more than 20 minutes.

      Where did you even come up with this idea?

      • My dog loves being outside. She suns herself on my lounge chairs and then finds shade when shes had enough and repeat. when she’s ready to come inside she comes to the back door. She loves sitting on the deck watching out into the yard and alley.

        • I’ve had dogs my whole life, and I have dogs now. The difference between the situations that you’re describing and the situation that I’m lamenting is that in your cases the dog itself is allowed to say when.

          Oh, and the wild dogs in Africa? They stay in the shade.

          Every time I see a poor dog panting in the sun on 14th Street while the owners party away I cringe. Take your dog for a walk, then leave him at home before you go play. That’s what caring, responsible dog owners do.

          • First of all, there are very few if any dogs who are left neglected, suffering in the sun. A panting dog is a not a suffering dog. Also, do you think that someone who brought their dog along for their Sunday brunch a Le’Diplomat hates their dog and wants it to suffer?

            Get real people! Pretty much all dogs are social animals who would much rather be outside, in a social setting than inside at home. One of the awesome things about DC is how many places you can bring your dog outside and for the most part the dogs are used to it and very well behaved! And even at home, my dog loves to curl up under the dining room table while we are eating dinner. And, no she is not looking for shade.

    • OMG. I COMPLETELY AGREE. It’s one thing to hang out with you at your pool with plenty of shade and fresh water, but bringing a dog to a crowded bar is just stupid.

      I was at Dacha beer garden to watch one of the World Cup games. It was completely slammed, hot as hell, and a few idiots brought their large dogs. The floor in that place is covered with sharp stones which is not good for dogs sensitive paws; they couldn’t fit anywhere to lay down so were just walking around panting and getting stepped on–it was just awful. I can’t understand why people think their dogs enjoy this.

    • you are totally crazy. dogs are animals. animals live outdoors. several years back on a vacation to egypt i observed hundreds of feral dogs lounging around all over various temples in 120+ degree heat.

    • I see this pretty often too, and it drives me nuts. If the animal has access to shade, fine. But I’ve seen many dogs tied to the railing outside the restaurant, in full summer sun and with no way to get shade if they want or need it. Last summer I watched for 45 minutes as one poor dog, black in color and panting heavily, kept trying to squirm through the bars to get into the shade where his owner was having beer with his buddies. The dog had water, but it sure seemed to be in distress. Not sure what I can do in cases like this–I usually admire and/or pet the dog, chat up the owner, say what a sweet/pretty dog it is and then wonder out loud if he/she might be getting too hot in the sun.

  • The dog has apparently been found. It was turned into the Humane Society.

  • Okay, just saw this Facebook group. Mary posted that the dog was turned over to the Humane Society.

    I hope she learns not to tie her dog up again.

  • Who thinks it’s ok to tie their dog to a post and leave it? I would never… I would be freaking out. She’s VERY lucky that she got that dog back.

    • She is VERY, VERY Lucky that dog was located. I hope the owner has learned to leave her dog at home.

  • If you read the post on Facebook from the dog’s owner, the dog was left for 35 minutes, perhaps more, and had no collar or microchip. I’m not surprised that someone thought it might just be an abandoned dog.

    If you’re going to tie your dog up outside in public, please have a collar with identification tags on it. If the dog somehow got free, how would someone return it to you?

    • Yeah I really don’t get it. No collar? So the leash was just looped around her neck??? Who in their right mind leaves their tiny, adorable untagged dog for 35 minutes while they have a “quick meeting” at the DOJ??? I really really hope she has learned a lesson and gets her dog chipped and a proper collar!

  • I don’t understand why people go up in arms about tying your dog up in front of a store. My option is make a run to the grocery store to pick up a few items and bring my dog along who loves the walk and the 99.9% positive attention from whoever stops outside to pet her. Or I can leave her at home by herself while I make another errand. Trust me she is 100% happier sitting outside the grocery store than sitting at home.

    And of course I worry about that a psycho or a equivalently psychotic “good Samaritan” may try to rescue her.

    • I think reading the story at the top of this page is a pretty good step to try to understand why some people think leaving your dog tied up in front of a store is a bad idea. It’s not like the risk is just theoretical, you have a real world example of what can go wrong.

      • Yes, a real world example of what CAN go wrong. That doesn’t mean it will go wrong. It’s a risk that each owner has to judge for themselves. There is a difference between leaving a dog outside a store for a few minutes, where most people would presume the owner is nearby and returning shortly, and leaving a dog outside a building where it’s not obvious the person will be returning – and it may even look like the dog has been abandoned there with the hope someone will take it to a shelter.

    • “And of course I worry about that a psycho or a equivalently psychotic “good Samaritan” may try to rescue her.” THIS is why you don’t leave your dog even for “a few minutes” while you run an errand. If there is even a small chance of her being taken how is it worth the risk? Take her for a walk first and then do your errands. Sheesh how is this so hard for people?

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