[Resolved] Tried to Help a Tied up Distressed Dog, Ended up Making It Worse. Struggling to Get over It. What Are My Options?

As a dog owner myself, I feel so shitty at the moment with what has transpired this morning.

My wife and I went to Coles this morning and noticed there was a border collie that was tied to a railing with its leash to its collar. He/She looked distressed as there was a free standing advertising/booklet holder that was put against the railing and the lead was pushing against it and the noise it was making was freaking the dog out and he looked distressed.

We tried to remove the holder that was stuck but the dog got out of the collar and got free. I tried to get him to come to me and some of the passers by tried to get him, but we had no luck. My partner ran into Coles to get the Manager to make an announcement to see if we could locate the owner, but no luck.

I followed the dog to see if he would come back, but by the time my partner was able to locate the owner, the dog was gone. It wasn't our intention to let the dog out of its collar, but in trying to remove the holder, we ended up with this situation.

We feel so bad for the dog and the owner at the moment. I ran around the side streets to locate the dog, but to no avail. We have our dog on a harness all the time because twice on the collar, he got out and it gave us enough panic to see him run around on the street with all the cars around. I feel sick to my stomach thinking about what that dog owner is possibly going through now.

I am currently so angry with myself and trying to figure out what to do. Any recommendations would help? In all panic that followed, I didn't even get her details. Should I go back to Coles and see if they could help me identify her through CCTV so we can reach out to her possibly and help her locate the dog?

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  • -2 votes

    Pay him compensation for the lost dog.

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      I am willing to do that. But we didn't even get to grab her details as she was panicking to get to her car to locate the dog. :/

      • +2 votes

        If the dog is still missing she may put a notice up at the Shopping Centre with her contact details.

    • +5 votes

      Money doesn't really compensate for the loss of a pet.

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        Yes. I completely understand that. I want to try and do whatever I can to help her find the poor dog.

        Financial compensation is the worst case scenario even though it doesn't make up for the pain and distress

  • +8 votes

    I'm not sure why you have posted this on OzBargain.

    I'd try posting on a lost/found facebook site for your area.

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      I have never been in a situation like this before and I trust to get some ideas to see what I can do as my brain is refusing to think because I am really annoyed and feeling shit.

      I will consider the Facebook option you suggested. Appreciate it.

  • +16 votes

    The moral of the story. Don’t touch other people’s property.

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      I totally agree with you. Honestly speaking, we didn't even touch the dog :/

      We make sure we don't pet dogs when owners are not around because we don't know how they would react.

      All we tried to do was to remove the holder by pulling it under the leash so it didn't make the noise to stop freaking him out.

      Our intention was to help the dog. Not this.

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      Ha. Thats only the moral of the story if you have an exceptional bad grasp of causality.

  • +1 vote

    You should have followed the dog. Now it could be anywhere.

  • +1 vote

    If the owner cared enough to bring it out odds are it is microchipped. Don’t sweat it too much as you tried to do what you thought was the best. Learn from your mistake and move on.

  • +3 votes

    We tried to remove the holder that was stuck but the dog got out of the collar and got free.

    My partner ran into Coles to get the Manager to make an announcement to see if we could locate the owner…

    Hindsight is a great thing, but you probably should've done this the other way around. You shouldn't be touching other people's property in the first place. There might be a reason the dog was left like that in the first place.

  • +5 votes

    Border Collie likely ran straight home.
    Of all dogs to be in this situation, I'd back a Border Collie to get home safe more often than not

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      I had two kelpies many years ago, and they got scared by some loud noises while we were out walking. Thought I lost them forever. Gave up looking for them after about 4 hours. Got home and both of them were sitting at the front door looking at me like “where the F you been? We’re hungry..”

  • -1 vote

    ‘As a dog owner’ you should know better.

    So many animals are adopted post poor experiences. You come up to a dog without knowing it’s history, when it is ‘tied up’ - ie. can’t get away from you, without the security of its owner the person it trusts nearby, why would you expect the dog not to get scared & try & run away.

    I hope the dog is ok & hasn’t been run over as is very possible around car parks.

    • +2 votes

      I agree with you. I should have known better. Big lesson learnt today. Never again that I Can tell you.

      Again, my concern is more about the wellbeing of the dog and its safe return to its owner.

  • -2 votes

    I hate meddling fools

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      Cheers. Thanks mate

      Sometimes we do things because of the goodness of the heart, and things dont go as we planned.

      I didn't purposefully go and disturb the dog for the want of doing it.

      • +3 votes

        "I didn't mean it" is literally the worst cop out excuse ever. Actions have consequences. It has nothing to do with your intentions. You need to consider the consequences before you do something.

        Interacting with a stranger's restrained dog has many, many potentially bad consequences.

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        there was a free standing advertising/booklet holder that was put against the railing and the lead was pushing against it and the noise it was making was freaking the dog out and he looked distressed.

        We tried to remove the holder that was stuck

        So was the booklet holder stuck or was it free standing? Perhaps the owner of the dog wanted the booklet holder to stop the dog sliding the leash off the railing?

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          The free standing booklet holder had been dragged by the leash and the books were on the ground. The dog couldn't move because the holder was stuck in between.

          Thanks again. Appreciate your help.

  • +3 votes

    Post to your Facebook local mums group to see if they spot a nearby border collie

    Contact all of your local vets with the description

    Keep looking around nearby to see if you can spot the dog, give it a few hours if you didnt spot any then it is out of your control

    • +1 vote

      Thanku.I didn't even think about the vets. I will contact my vet first thing Tuesday morning and will contact other vets around the area.

  • +3 votes

    Peeps trying to attack OP as if they are so damn perfect smh.

    Don't stress yourself out too much. It was the owner's fault for leaving the dog like that. You were only trying to help. Sometimes sh!t happens even when you are trying to do the right thing.

    • +1 vote

      I agree. So many of the comments in this thread make me sick.

      OP, you did the right thing and in the same situation, I probably would have done the same thing. I hate people who tie their dogs outside in front of shops and leave them to fret and stress out. The dog could just as easily have been stolen if the owner was in the shop. And no doubt it was tied up without any water on a day like today.

      So, (fropanity) the owner and (fropanity) all the holier than thou pee holes in this thread acting all fake outraged at what you did for pathetic fake internet points. You did as much as you could under the circumstances, OP and no one has even mentioned the dog owners dick move.

      DoNt ToUcH oThEr PeOpLe’S sTuFF

      How about, don’t leave your (fropanity) dog tied up and stressed while you go shopping? You wouldn’t tie your children up in the front of a shop and just go inside. (Although, some of you should…)

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    Contact local pounds, describe what happened and see if a dog has been handed in that matches description and whether it has gone back to the owner, they may then be willing to contact the owner on your behalf to pass on a message. Note that there could be repercussions for you if you do find the owner but if you are trying to set your mind at rest and willing to take responsibility then this might be the best way to go. You were trying to help out an animal in distress and that says a lot about your character, even if it didn't end well.

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