Leading Dogs Astray

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(My grandparents have a labrador/border collie mix. Their area is mostly empty fields and few houses, and like most people in the area, they have a very large yard with no fence. Because they had trouble training him not to run out of the yard when he was a rambunctious puppy, they have decided to put up an electronic fence before their dog starts to make a nuisance of himself to the neighbors. His collar beeps a few times to warn him that he’s out of bounds before shocking him, so he learns very quickly that the beeping means to get back in the yard. My grandmother has him outside with her, and one minute he’s sitting on the boundary of the yard, sunning off, and the next he disappears while she isn’t looking. It’s very unusual for him to wander or disappear at this point, as he’s fairly obedient and the collar is now just a precaution. She starts screaming his name, wondering why he’s not coming, when she hears him shrieking in pain towards the front of the house. She runs to the front and sees a van with the back door wide open and a little girl sitting inside watching. A woman has a death grip on my grandmother’s dog and is actively dragging him out of his yard and toward her car, ignoring the beeping of his collar and his yelps of pain as he fights to get away from her and back into the yard.)

Grandmother: “Excuse me, but what do you think you’re doing with that dog?!”

Woman: “I think he’s a stray.”

Grandmother: “That is my dog! How could you not hear me calling for him, his collar beeping, or him yelping every time it shocks him? If you just take a moment to look, he’s got tags on with this address! Now, you are hurting him, so I demand you let him go!”

Woman: “But he was running loose!”

Grandmother: “He was in his own backyard, and there is no way he would have wandered this far out front on his own because of the collar. Now, let him go before I beat the s*** out of you!”

(She had to actually pull her dog out of the woman’s hands and, predictably, he ran straight back into the yard, shaking and whimpering. The woman got back in her car and sped off without so much as an apology. My grandmother is convinced that she knew he lived there and thought no one was around to see her helping herself to a free dog. He doesn’t wear the collar anymore, and my grandmother never turns her back to him when they’re outside anymore, either.)

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