Recently Los Angeles experienced an exciting thunder and lightning storm. When I went to my front window to enjoy the light show, I saw a dog, soaking wet, running down the street in an utter panic. Over the next few days, neighborhood websites lit up with “Found Dog” and “Do you know who this dog belongs to?” A day after the rains, I saw an unaltered brown male pit bull, dazed, lethargic, shuffling slowly in front of my place. He had probably been running for most of the night. He seemed exhausted. I went out and gave him water. He wouldn't eat the food.
NONE of these dogs, probably beloved family pets, had tags on. If they had, the owners could have been notified immediately. Instead, if the dog is lucky and allows itself to get close to a person, kind-hearted souls will go out of their way to take it in and figure out what to do. They put up posters, contact animal regulation, take pictures and send out to their email lists - none of which they would have to do if the owner had simply placed a tag on the collar. The unlucky ones get hit by cars or become wandering, abandoned dogs unable to find their way home. The pit bull got picked up by animal regulation. If the owners don't claim it within a week, it will be euthanized.
During July 4th, the week leading up to it, and during thunderstorms, if you have an outside dog, please consider bringing him indoors. Terrified dogs will do whatever it takes to break free of a yard and run and keep running. You can leash her up in the kitchen if she is not used to being indoors.
Help your dog find its way home quickly, help the dog rescuers find you quickly. Please tag and micro chip your dog. Sometimes collars come off or don't go back on after a bath. Micro chips improve the chances that the dog will eventually find it's way back to you. You can go online to order a tag. Petsmart and Petco have tag-making machines. A little effort can prevent much suffering and heartbreak.
FOR LOW COST MICRO-CHIPPING:
Los Angeles Animal Services (City of LA) P: (888) 452-7381 www.laanimalservices.com Address: Multiple locations, call.
Established in August of 2008 by writer, artist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.