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Case Study: Priscilla
RECOVERED FOR REWARD
sinking economy has increased the likelihood of this situation occurring.
When a dog is
RECOVERED FOR REWARD, the pet is generally retained with the individual's intent being to collect the reward.
The most likely candidates are
designer dogs such as the Yorkshire Terrier, the Pug, any of the bulldog breeds, poodle, pomeranian, chihuahua and
other small pocket pups or dogs that the finder knows are cherished family members. In addition, dogs that the finder feels
may be of monetary value to the pet owner like show dogs and hunting dogs can also end up in this situation.
This is not a common occurrence but it needs to considered as a possibility when circumstances
such as breed desirability, perceived value or cherished family pet are in evidence. The pet owner should be aware: very cordial
and non-threatening if she receives a phone call from someone asking about the reward. It is important to graciously
and positively handle the call. Do not assume the police will get involved with this... likely they will not. Generally law
enforcement will see this as a stray dog that someone is deciding to keep... and that is a very gray area
for most police departments. Frustrating?... yes... but our goal is to help get the dog back not make a political statement
at the expense of the pet.
Fortunately, we generally recover
these dogs by following a plan while remaining calm, cool and collected regardless personal feelings. Aggressive behavior,
accusations or threats of police involvement are not called for and does not work in this situation. Keeping the caller on
the phone with an understanding demeanor is the most important or the pet owner will most likely never hear from the
I have never known any of these dogs to be harmed and the caller is not a thief but instead an opportunist.
The police are generally reluctant to get involved in these cases. By following certain steps and keeping a cool head, most
all of these dogs are recovered by their owners with professional coaching over the phone.
Above all, do
not panic, become angry, threatening or accusatory. Keep one goal in mind... the return of the dog... period.