Wanna hear my very strange doggie adoption story? Ok here goes:
Late Saturday night, I come across the following post on craigslist,
Looking for a guy to help adopt! Dog lovers APPLY - **
Date: 2009-11-01, 12:14AM EDT
thats right ADOPT
a dog of course!
okay so I wanted to rescue a dog, but filled out one question wrong and now I can’t go back but I’m in desperate need of getting that dog, so I need someone tomorrow to go with to the pound and get them to bring the form back in the car and we’ll fill it out together, must have a car and live in a house! .
You can’t be afraid to meet the dog either! Dog lovers APPLY
So it turns out that this 18 year old girl fell in love with a doberman at the pound but they wouldn’t give him to her because she lives in a condo. I agree to help (because if dogs dont get adopted they are euthanized) and get the dog for the girl. Unfortunately, girl can’t handle the dog so she apparently sells him for a few hundred dollars (I doubt she made a profit, she already had to pay $200 adoption fees + food etc) to a third party (nice family who live in a 4000sqr foot home in a rural area).
The pound apparently does extensive follow-up work to make sure pets are being cared for, including at-home visits. So they now know what happened, that we tricked them into letting us adopt a dog that they previously refused to. They’re now harassing us and becoming very threatening (“we’re the city, this is a very serious matter” blah blah") but I don’t think we did anything wrong. I had every legal right to adopt the dog, and subsequently give it away (no money was exchanged). Likewise, the young girl had every right to sell him when she couldn’t take care of him.
In retrospect, the pound was right that she wasn’t a great dog-owner, but I’m still glad the dog has been rescued (plus I got to spend an hour playing with him, which was great). Ultimately everyone seems better off, but the pound isn’t convinced that we did nothing wrong. Whats the legal straight dope?