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AWLA Handles Richmond Stray Dog Case

by ARLnow.com January 11, 2012 at 9:33 am 3,137 69 Comments

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington recently handled a case involving a stray dog picked up near Richmond and turned in to the AWLA in Arlington.

From the League’s Arlington Animal Watch blotter:

12/26/11 — An Arlington resident driving through Henrico County, VA picked up a stray beagle wearing a collar with ID tags and a tracking collar and brought the dog home with her to Arlington County where she turned it in to AWLA. The shelter found the owner from the information on the ID tag who said he was hunting with his dog and the finder must have picked it up while they were out. The shelter verified the current status of a rabies vaccine  and released the dog to a friend of the owner who agreed to drive it back to Henrico County. If you find a stray dog, it’s best to turn it in to a shelter in the jurisdiction where you found it.

  • TGEoA

    What an idiot

  • Richard Cranium

    “No, Mom, really . . . he followed me home!”

    • Lou

      Strange that they decided to drive all the way back to Arlington with the dog when it had tags and an ID collar on it.

      • Vinh An Nguyen

        Some people just aren’t very bright.

      • CrystalMikey


        • Arlington Cat

          MEMO to the AWLA; if a dog is wearing a collar and doesn’t have fleas, you can bet the mortgage it isn’t a stray. If a cat is walking outside, and the cat is clean with no fleas, it is not a stray.

          The animal is not “really lost” and will make it to its owner 99.999% of the time.

          In both these cases there is no need to pick up the animal and call the AWLA ,or drop the animal off at the AWLA. The AWLA should be deseminating this message, but they are not.

          Considering the misinformation and misleading statements the AWLA sends out on a routine basis, including the one above mislabeling the hunting dog a “stray,” it is no wonder dumb people tend to put credence in the crap the AWLA disseminates. She assumed the dog was a stray because AWLA has told her repeatedly if a dog or cat is outside without an owner, it is a stray. The AWLA misinforms on the laws of Arlington County, the AWLA creates unnecessary hassles for pet owners and their cats, and the AWLA hold Arlington resident’s cats for ransom as a cash cow. The dog wasn’t a “stray” AWLA. Stop the misinformation!

          • drax

            Dog not on a leash = stray.

            Cat looking at my birdfeeder = stray.

            Cat who got a bird at my birdfeeder = dead.

          • arlington cat

            There are no laws in Arlington concerning cats being outdoors. Please do not make up laws, the awla does enough of that for everyone. An outdoor cat is not automatically a stray. Get over it.

          • Tabs

            Arlington County has no leash laws concerning cats, only dogs.

            As it should be–leash laws are there to protect people.

            And most cats do not kill song birds. Rats and mice, yes.

          • arlington cat

            Killing a domestic cat would be illegal. Dumass.

      • Ben

        My guess is she was against the owner using the dog for hunting. Some people (especially PETA) views using dogs in this manner (with tracking collar etc) as abuse.

        She probably knew the dog had a owner and wanted to prove a point. Apparently it’s not uncommon for people to do this sort of thing to tracking dogs. There was a case a few years ago were a PETA employee picked one up and tried to destroy the tracking collar to try and prove it was stray.

        • Lou

          Well if that happened I would certainly reconsider my opinion that this person lacked common sense. They might be a criminal, but at least not a complete moron.

          • Ben

            She still could be – it’s possible she didn’t know what this type of hunting entailed and simply assumed a dog wandering around without a owner in site was simply lost.

          • arlington cat

            Killing a yes,because the awla misinformation the public.

          • arlington cat

            Yes, because the awla sends out misinformation on a routine basis.

        • que

          That’s interesting. Never thought about that. Thx

  • CW

    What a weirdo.

  • WinMan


  • JamesE

    Take that dog and drive to Mexico!!!

  • Archbishop Colloredo

    We don’t know the whole story. It’s not like Richmond is the other side of the world.

  • John Fontain

    There is a woman on my community list-serve who occasionally spreads the word about missing dogs. The funny part – the missing dogs are from other places. A typical missing dog alert from her would be something like: “Hey neighbors, please be on the lookout for a white and brown beagle with a black collar. It’s name is Bessy. She went missing from her home in Annapolis yesterday.”

    • Bessy

      Anyone driving to Annapolis I can hitch a ride with? I don’t shed much.

    • LP
      • John Fontain

        Yeah, but exception does not = norm

        • LP

          Agreed, but don’t think it hurts to do so.

          • John Fontain

            I lost my watch in Baltimore last week. LP, you didn’t happen to run across it in Arlington today did you?

          • John Fontain

            LP, a friend of mine thinks she left her phone at a bar in Richmond yesterday. It’s a HTC with a white case. Did you happen to see it in Arlington today?

          • John Fontain

            LP, my hubcap came flying off my wheel when I was driving in Ashburn on Sunday. It’s really shinny. Did you happen to see it in Arlington since then?

            By the way, sorry if I keep asking you to look for things in Arlington that aren’t likely to be in Arlington. I know it’s really annoying, but I am doing it because I “don’t think it hurts to do so.”

          • que

            guessin you’re a real hit with the ladies

          • John Fountain

            Yeah, he cracks himself up.

          • John Fontainish

            I lost my sense of humor somewhere. Did you see it in Arlington?

  • dog catcher

    I found a dog in Richmond. The tag said his name is “Cooch” and he’s from Fairfax County.

    I let him out of my truck somewhere on I-95.

  • Dezlboy

    I put only my dog’s name and my CELLPHONE number on the dog’s tag. That way if I am out looking for the dog, I still get the phone call.

    Rabies tag and license can lead authorities to my address.

  • OX4

    This is the second in a series of URBAN DANGER articles, brought to you by AWLA. Keep those kittens indoors, folks, and we’ll see you next week.

    • arlington cat

      Is that the law?

  • Dezlboy

    Heck, at least she picked up a “lost” dog. Most people would have done nothing, and lost dogs end up hit by car and killed. Who knows why she did what she did after she picked up the dog, but she DID! so give her a break. Maybe she had a family emergency in Arlington – or the local shelter was closed.

    • Frank Alfred

      And maybe she had no idea where to go in Richmond to find the shelter….kudos to her for at least making an effort.

    • arlington cat

      Hunting dogs are trained not to cross roads

    • arlington cat

      The dog wasn’t Lost. It was a hunting dog. It was trained. Do you want hunting dogs to be trained to be fearful of strangers?

      • Spay Neuter

        Arlington Cat – Please tell us what training hunting dogs get? During hunting season you see them dead on the road every day. Hunters could not care the least about the dogs… Get Real

  • Ashton Height Bob

    After many decades of living, I am starting to realize (or maybe accept) that there are functioning people who have the brain strength of moths. It still astounds me how stupid people can be, yet not be a foaming at the mouth lunatic — for the foaming at the mouth moron, I understand.

    The Washington Post just had posts/articles about a search and rescue tracking dog that went missing for a day. The person who found it was taking it with him to work. Apparently it did not dawn on him that finding a healthy dog on the street might mean that the dog belonged to someone else. “Hey, magic just sent me this wonderful dog, so it must mean I should keep it.”

    Maybe my personal favorite is people cutting across mud to save 20 feet of walking on concrete walkways. Really, is it that hard to stay on the sidewalk when the alternative is a muddy mess? Or maybe idiots who MUST park in a tight space when there are unlimited open spaces 20 feet away.

    • drax

      Dog wandering on the street might get hit by a car, moth-brain.

      • arlington cat

        Hunting dogs are trained not to cross roads.

    • arlington cat


  • ronald

    I was driving through a far western part of virginia and found a dog that had clearly been running wild for at least a month or two without any tags. Stopped by the nearest houses, a couple miles away and no one recoginized the dog.

    The county we were in did not have an animal shelter or animal control so we found the closest shelter about an hour away (adding 2 hrs to a 4 hr drive home) and took it there.. they were of course closed (it was a Sunday). So we were just going to bring him back to Arlington, until the clerk at the only gas station in town mentioned she knew the lady that volunteered at the shelter and who was kind of enough to meet us at the gas station…. However, despite being very cute and friendly, the dog was never claimed and wasn’t adopted for nearly 9 months, which likely wouldn’t have been a problem for a friendly 12 mo old lab mix in DC.

    basically point is… shelters are not easy to find, there isn’t always one nearby, and dogs often have a better chance of being adopted the closer they are to an urban center – which is why the dc area is always getting shipments from puppy farm raids in Kentucky, Arkansas and Missouri. Sure the person referred to in this article could have spent hours and done something a little different but they got the dog off the road where it could have been killed and turned it into awla where it could be identified. Owner should and those involved should be nothing but thankful.

    • Jax S

      Henrico has an animal control division with a special nighttime phone number. It’s a suburb of Richmond, not the sticks. This sounds like a very suspicious situation.

      • Tabs

        She wouldn’t have been able to find that out very easily though, even assuming she has a smart phone.

        • Jax S

          You could always try to ask a real live person too. Driving over 100 miles away with the dog is about 10th on the list of things to do.

          • First on the list is to get the dog off the road. Check.

          • Virginia^2

            I agree that this facially appears to be a stupid thing to have done, but do we actually know that this person didn’t ask multiple people first?

            YOU know that Henrico has a special nighttime number… but I certainly wouldn’t expect that to be common knowledge, even within the community.

          • drax

            Ask whom? The next random stranger you see? Everyone knows each other’s dogs down there?

    • ” but they got the dog off the road where it could have been killed and turned it into awla where it could be identified. Owner should and those involved should be nothing but thankful.”

      This is very true. Better 90 miles from home safe than splattered by a vehicle.

      • arlington cat

        Again, hunting dogs are trained not to cross roads.

  • KalashniKEV

    Most educated populace with the stupidest people in America.

    • brendan

      bad day? do you need to talk?

    • drax

      Wow, you showed up at exactly the right time, Kev.

  • Darwinism

    Stupid = letting your dog run around loose in an area where someone else can find it and assume it’s lost. Even if “hunting.”

    • arlington cat

      If it doesn’t have fleas, it is not a stray. Leave it alone; it will get home.

      • AllenB

        That’s utter BS. You know nothing about lost dogs. If you find a lost dog in Arlington, turn it into the AWLA or a local vet. They will find it’s home if it its microchipped or keep it until an owner can be found.

        To ignore it and assume it will find it’s way home is just wrong… and dumb.

        • arlington cat

          Did the dog tell you it was “lost?,” or, did you just assume it was lost?

          • AllenB

            Really? That’s your response? It doesn’t take a genius to figure out if a dog is lost. But obviously you need to be told by the dog.

            Ask any dog owner – if someone came upon their dog out in public with an apparent owner around, they would be grateful if someone turned the dog into AWLA or a nearby vet.

            But you obviously have an axe to grind with AWLA about “misinformation”. They do great work; I’m guessing it’s you who has the misinformation.

          • Yeah – it also shouldn’t take a genius to figure out that if a dog is “wearing a collar with ID tags and a tracking collar” — yes, that is TWO collars – that it’s not lost, but rather a hunting dog.
            Ever seen a tracking collar? Large plastic box with antenna – not exactly what you find a “stray” wearing.
            Most hunting dogs run over many miles … and if it was a beagle, during deer season, was probably either running or tracking deer.
            At best, the individual who gave Rover a ride to Arlingotn was just a clueless urbanite who’s only experience in the outdoors comes from the Discovery channel and trips to REI.
            At worst, it was some PETA loving dope bent on preventing the legal hunting of game … & BTW, it is against VDGIF regulations to interfere with or detain dogs that are being used to hunt in a legal manner.
            I doubt the owner was “grateful” – more likely PO’d that some dumb-ass ran off with their dog and ruined a day of hunting.

          • AllenB

            I’d say at best it was a well intentioned person who truly thought the dog was lost and didn’t know where to bring it.

            But my comment was in reference to Arlington Cat who said that all dogs should just be left where they are and not turned in (unless they have fleas… utter nonsense).

  • arlington cat

    The point I am trying to make is the AWLA misinformation about indoor/outdoor cats. The AWLA continues to tell people to call the AWL on cats outdoors even though there are no laws against cats being outdoors in Arlington. Someone called the AWLA on a cat outside her house because she read a AWLA press release on cats needing to be indoors. The AWLA picked up the 16 year old cat, shaved her, and then claimed they didn’t have her. The 16 year old cat was picked upped three doors down from her home, and became terminal without her daily medicine. She had to be put down because, under the “care” of the AWLA, without her medicine, she threw up all her food and water. She had to be put down. The AWLA calls All outside pets “STRAY,” and in most cases, like above,, they are not.

  • get real

    Why would the AWLA advise us to approach strange dogs and transport them somewhere? Isn’t there a real safety concern about approaching dogs that don’t know you?

    The AWLA sucks big time!

  • Arlington Cat

    I’d say at best it was a well intentioned person who truly thought the dog was lost and didn’t know where to bring it.

    But my comment was in reference to Arlington Cat who said that all dogs should just be left where they are and not turned in (unless they have fleas… utter nonsense).

    So what you are saying is if you see a dog or cat outside, you are to take the initiative to trap the animal yourself and drive it to the AWLA, or take it home and call the AWLA? Remember, the AWLA does not pick up cats outside per Arlington law; it has to be in someone’s procession for them to pick it up, or someone has to drop off a cat at the AWLA.

    Attempting to trap a dog is just dangerous.

    In attempting to seize an animal, you are risking dog bites, flea infestation, getting rabies, or cat scratches. Leave the animal alone or call the AWLA. Do not approach the animal, trap it, and transport it somewhere or take it home and call the AWLA; that approach is “utter nonsense.”

    • AllenB

      Way to spin things. You assume that common sense doesn’t prevail and you need to “trap” the dog. You just keep going off in different directions. But as a dog owner, and a responsible one, I won’t let you make people think they shouldn’t help a dog who is obviously lost.

      If a dog appears at all malicious (growling as you approach, showing its teeth, etc) of course you shouldn’t try to “trap” it. You could call AWLA or the police non-emergency number, etc.

      Please stop trying to demonize a great organization who does wonderful things to help all pets. You’re just a disgruntled person with an axe to gring against a great organization. Your misinformation is quite harmful.

      • Clarendon

        Common sense ! What a concept !

        A little less than 10 years ago I saw a dog (collie) on the sidewalk in Ballston with no collar. She was friendly so it happened to be in front of the UPS store and I got them to give me some twine to make a leash and I took her to my office, called the AWLA and they found the owner who was visiting a friend and the dog had went out an open gate. When the owner picked up her dog from my office she was so happy, it was great. The dog was a “country dog” and probably was oevrwhelmed with the “city” (or maybe it was having a great time, who knows). Anyway, I’m glad I took the dog in.

        • AllenB

          That’s great.

          I’m guessing most dog owners hope that if their dog ever gets away from them that someone like you finds it.


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