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?