Found: Reddish-brown terrier mix in Silver Lake

A reader named Arman reports finding a small, reddish-brown female dog on Tuesday near Earl Street and Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake. The dog, which has a small white spot on her chest,  is now at the North Central Animal shelter in Lincoln Heights. Here are the details:

Possibly Cairn Terrier mix. Calm, quiet demeanor. Is chipped but number was not registered w/ Animal Services so they will try to track it.
Dropped off this morning (Sept. 14) at LA Animal Services – North Central Div.

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  1. How could you take that little cutie to the pound? Now it will modest likely be killed!

  2. Wow Can I spell!

  3. @ Alijii……Armen did exactly the right thing by taking this little found dog to the shelter. When someone loses a pet, the first place they look is the shelter! The dog will be held for several days, and if the owner isn’t found, it is put up for adoption. At that time, the finder or anyone who wishes to give the dog a home may adopt it. The adoption fees include a health check, vaccinations and spay/neuter.

  4. What is the murder rate at this high kill shelter?
    You can leave a notice on the pound’s bulletin board
    when you find a lost pet. It really is not the right thing
    to do but it is the easiest!

  5. Unadopted pets are humanely euthanized; they are not murdered. No one likes this option, but because the supply exceeds the demand (homes available), and because public shelters are required to take in ALL stray pets within a given area, some must be euthanized to make room for incoming animals.

    Over the years, I have found many pets, and turned them into the shelter that covers the area in which they were found. Many have been claimed by their owners who locate them in the shelter. For many others, I have adopted them out, and found homes for them. I was the volunteer coordinator for this shelter (N Central) for more than 20 years. The euthanasia rate is much lower now than it was many years ago, and adoptable animals are being kept much longer. Things are not perfect, but they are better. As I’m sure you would agree, spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership are the keys to bring that rate down.

  6. sandy – right on !!!! not only is it the right thing to do —- it’s the LEGAL thing to do…..if you take in a dog that’s not yours, you are STEALING.
    By bringing the animal to the shelter, you are giving the owner a chance to claim him/her.
    If no one claims him/her, then it then becomes the city’s ‘property’ and available to the public for adoption.
    Additionally, i know plenty of people who have lost their dogs and they never showed up — we assume that they were taken in by a well-meaning but totally wrong person. Those people are sadly very heartbroken over just not knowing what happened to them.
    You can never ASSUME what a dogs history is — just 2-3 days out in the elements and on the streets with no food or water can make a well cared for dog look like they’ve been neglected and act like they’ve been abused. You can’t assume you know what a dog has been through.
    Do the RIGHT and LEGAL thing — take a found animal to the local city shelter.

  7. just an update, i’ve been keeping track of the pup who was chipped, but the info was out of state. so they kept pushing back the adoption date so they could give the owner some time to come forward. I called today and its been adopted! Congrats to whoever the new owner is, you got a great dog!

    (thanks to those who defended my actions, and SMH at those who already assumed the worst outcome)

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