When I arrived home just now I noticed a little dog (I think it was a chihuahua/terrior mix) wandering around in the street in front of our house. She had a leash on but no human attached to the other end. She ran in front of a car, that stopped in time, honked and drove off. This spooked the little dog and she ran a few houses down.
I called for her to come to me, but she continued to skitter away with an occassional little "woof" in my direction. I was afraid to leave her out on the street, so I followed her to a house about two blocks away. She went up to the door and I was able to get the leash.
I rang the doorbell at this house, since the dog appeared to know it. I waited a couple of minutes with there being no answer. I picked the dog up, planning to take her to my house until I could find where she belonged. She had on a collar but no tags, and the leash was attached to the collar by being knotted several times around the it instead of attached by the clasp.
That couldn't have been very comfy for the little dog.
Finally, as I was walking away with the dog, a lady answered the door. I asked "is this your puppy" and she rudely took the dog from me, as if I had tried to steal it. I started to explain that the dog was loose in the street and all she said was "Yeah, sorry" and shut the door in my face. I thought that was very rude.
Now, I wonder if I should contact animal control and ask them to investigate, but don't want to take up the time of a.c. from more pressing issues, as it is probable this little dog just got out accidentally, or was tied-out (on what was less than 4' of a ragged and poorly attached leash) and got loose.
I just thought it was all very odd. We don't have loose dogs in our neighborhood. This is the first time in the 8 years since I have lived here that I have seen an unleashed (well, a dog without a human on the other end of the leash, I should say) running loose.
Just venting...If my pet had gotten loose, I would have been very grateful for someone to have returned it.