The original poster’s (OP) friend found a dog near her house. OP decided to help with finding the owner and taking care of the dog. During their journey, they developed a strong bond with each other. But trouble ensues when the original owner steps forward.
He Had the Dog Checked Out
OP took the dog to animal control. OP says the dog was underweight with dirty fur. Animal control couldn’t find a microchip to detect the owner.
He Adopted the Dog
Animal Control told OP they couldn’t locate the microchip so they said he could keep the dog for a week while they listed her on their website. If nobody claimed her in that time, OP could adopt her. Nobody came forward to OP adopted the dog.
The Dog is Healthy
OP says the dog has shiny fur and is very healthy. He says she is polite and walks well on a leash. She also does lots of tricks.
OP Has Depression
OP says he has depression and anxiety. He calls her his support animal and says the dog lights up his life.
He Joined a Facebook Group Specific to His Dog Breed
OP joined a Facebook group specific to his dog breed. He posted a picture of the dog in the group.
He Received a Direct Message
After posting the picture of the dog, a woman was tagged and a few hours later she sent OP a DM (direct message).
She Said She Was the Owner
She said she was the original owner and was thankful that OP found her dog. She wanted to arrange to come and pick up the dog.
She Offered Money
She offered to pay OP money for taking good care of the dog.
He Thought it Was a Scam
OP thought the person was trying to scam him since she lived across the country but then he looked at her Instagram account and it had a lot of pictures and videos of her with the dog. There was no mistake because the dog has unique markings.
The Dog is a Show Champion
The dog is a show champion and had a lot of obedience training. OP says the dog was clearly well cared for, well trained and well loved.
She Said She Lost Everything
The owner said her house caught fire last year and she lost everything, including the dog who ran away.
She Had the Dog Since it Was a Puppy
Nobody knows how the dog traveled so far or what happened between when she got lost and when OP’s friend found her. But the owner never stopped looking for the dog. She has a video of the dog as a puppy getting a microchip. It’s confusing why animal control couldn’t locate the chip.
OP Refused to Give the Dog
OP told the woman that he appreciated the great job she did with his dog the first few years of her life and she couldn’t give it up. OP told her its his support animal and he couldn’t live without her now.
She Was Furious
OP offered to send her pictures regularly but says she became furious. OP says she turned nasty and he started to receive tons of hateful messages from people he didn’t even know.
He Started Having Panic Attacks
OP says he had panic attacks whenever he received a notification. He says he didn’t choose for this special dog to change his life so much. He decided to block her because she wouldn’t leave him alone.
Is He Legally Right But Morally Wrong?
OP has adopted the dog so he thinks he is the rightful owner now. But he still wonders if he is doing the wrong thing by not returning the dog.
The Readers Respond
Unfortunately for OP, not a single reader respected his decision to keep the dog. They all believe that the right thing for OP to do is to return the dog to the owner who had it for five years when OP has only had it for 9 months.
“The original owner had the dog 5 YEARS and she’s had it 9 months and is complaining about losing their beloved pet? Imagine how that woman feels losing her pet and house. Not your dog, give it back.”
There’s No Excuse
Many readers said that using the state of their mental health isn’t a good excuse to do the wrong thing.
“YTA – this is a prime example of someone using their mental health diagnoses to deflect their bad behavior.”
Also, if it’s a show dog, then they have spent a lot of money training this dog.
“Your mental illness does not give you liberty to be a jerk here. Give the dog back and adopt one of your own if it’s so important to you. If it’s a purebreds show dog, it probably represents significant financial investment for this woman too. Come on”
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