Would You Steal a Dog to Save Its Life?

“The dog could barely stand up she was so weak. She was shaking, she was so cold,” Autumn said. “I don’t think I stole her, I think I saved her.”

 

 

 

 

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If you saw an emaciated dog with a chain embedded in its neck, left outside in the freezing cold, you’d do what you could to save it, right?  That’s what some animal lovers in Washington state did, and the Humane Society of Tacoma just put her right back into the hands her abuser and said animal control is investigating.

A neighbor took photos of Kiki and posted them and the Tacoma, WA address on Facebook, and a small band of vigilantes decided to rescue her.  What they were planning is against the law, but if laws aren’t just, it is up to people to do something about them.

“The dog was clearly starving and in really bad shape so we got a group of us and go over there,” Autumn Niesz-Ramos told Fox13.

Four people entered the property of Steven Lee Jr., whose father is the owner of Kiki.  They found the poor girl chained to a dog house, which unfortunately is legal in Washington.  The group cut her chain and carried the dog away.

 

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“The dog could barely stand up she was so weak,” Autumn said. “She was shaking, she was so cold.”

Kiki’s tight chain had become driven into her skin, and the crew brought her to a veterinarian.  They weren’t trying to break the law, but something had to be done for this dog.

She was turned over to the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, who gave her back to her owner.  They are legally required to, unless there is a warrant or they believe the dog is being abused.  Could they really not see that this dog was being abused?

“We are very concerned about Kiki, too. Her case is under investigation by Animal Control, and we are working with them to be sure Kiki gets the care she needs,” Aubrey Clement told me.  “By law, we cannot refuse to return a pet to its owner. We do, however, report cases of neglect and cruelty, and work closely with Animal Control to be sure they are investigated.”

Hopefully that is the case, and we sincerely hope Kiki’s family will be taking care of her.  At least now the spotlight is on them and animal control.

“I don’t think I stole her, I think I saved her,” Autumn said.

 

We do not advocate stealing dogs.  As well-intentioned as it is, theft is a crime in every state, and sadly, dogs are only considered property to some.  Do what you can legally – get photos and videos, speak to the owner, put food, shelter, blankets, water, straw, etc. out for the animals in need.  Know the laws in your state and town, and make sure you are courteous with police and sheriffs.  Keep on them and make sure they know what the laws stipulate, too.  “Adequate” shelter means that animals are to be protected from heat, cold, and other inclement weather.  It might be legal to keep animals tethered, but not when it threatens their well-being.

1,225 thoughts on “Would You Steal a Dog to Save Its Life?

      1. I would do the same thing. However, I’d go one step further . . . I’d use the same chain and chain the owner to the dog house and leave him out there for a few weeks without food until he learned his lesson.

        1. WTH? Why do you have an animal? You don’t have to. BUT if you do, just like children, in this day and age you don’t have to have children, THEN YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM!!! Please get the owner/s names plastered across the internet so everyone knows how depraved he/she/they are.

          Just as with children, if you are depraved and don’t take care of them, they are removed.

        2. My thoughts exactly. Also, what the hell is there to investigate, isn’t the collar imbedded into a dogs neck proof in itself this poor dog has and is suffering and then throw in the dog is emancipated. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude this poor helpless dog is abused and neglected. Guess the lesson learned is; if you find yourself in this situation take the dog about 30 miles away and tell the vet or animal shelter you take it to, you found the dog on the street. Doubtful the POS owner would get off his inhumane ass to try and find his lost or stolen dog. Why post it on FB if you really wanted to save the dog.

          1. When I say; why post it on FB, I meant why leave a trail. Take the dog like I stated 30 miles away to a vet and tell them you found the dog wondering on the street. No way to trace the dog back to its owner. Highly doubtful a person that neglects to feed a dog and allows it to suffer would have had the dog microchiped. Just saying people want to run to social media these days and this proved it’s not always the smartest thing to do.

        3. I think I would do the same, but I don’t think I would ever give them food or water or even shelter

        4. I feel the same way for what Bill said,I would like to find out how kiki is I,m sure there are a lot of people feel the same way,who can find out how she is doing.

      2. Iwould never take the dog to the humane society or call them. Take care of the dog and if you can’t keep it find it a good home.

      3. I would absolutely take her/him and after reading this, would take her out of state for help. I would never turn to the Humane Society!! There are rescue agencies that will REALLY rescue this dog and others!!

      4. One look at this hugely over-weight man with this starving dog is simply infuriating. Could he not afford a bag of dog food instead of one more round at all-you-can-eat? The mistake was taking the dog to the Humane Society. Really, how long does it take to see the dog is being abused? Long enough for him to die??

        If the “father” can’t take care of the dog, it needs to be re-homed not just dumped in the backyard to die! People like this should never be allowed to own another animal. He doesn’t seem one bit concerned AT ALL.

        Never assume any group that claims to be “humane” or “protection” to animals is that. It’s just a name anymore. Be sure you know what their “kill” policy is. NEVER use anything but a no kill shelter. But really, lie your butts off if you have to that the dog was found or abandoned and get it help. A dog’s life is worth a lie. However, what did the vet say was wrong with the dog? Could it be saved or was it too far gone? Or did the vet just turn it over?

      5. I would never turn her over to Animal Care & Control because they are required by law to give the dog back unless it is a voluntary surrender, abandoned or stray dog. ASPCA only keeps the dog if it is a victim of a crime & this is clearly a crime; when a person intentionally refuses to care, feed, provide adequate shelter, beats, fights, neglects the dog, will not provide vet care etc. Documentation and calling the police are a must. Once it is documented, the animal will be kept at the ASPCA & not returned to the abuser. These are the laws in NY, but be guided by your state laws. If it were me, she would not have been returned to the garbage that did this! But great job for those who had the courage to intervene. Now the owner knows he’s being watched & will be required to feed the dog, provide the vet. care to remove the embedded chain & if he fails to comply, he’ll lose the dog. I just hope it’s not too late for Kiki….If they saved her once, they can do it again & this time…keep her!

      1. I have done large scale animal rescues it is very heartbreaking but when you can save the animals and let them see all humans are not bad there are a few good ones left, If the dog was mistreated he should have been rescued. If the man who owned him were old or senile he may not have known better than maybe it was not his fault. If he had a clue give me a big chain and we will teach him how it feels

    1. I would steal her in a heart beat. They should have found her a new home. The owners should be allowed to own a dog

    2. Yes;I have taken 2 dogs and I would do again in a heartbeat. One time was actually encouraged by a worker at a shelter(I ended up keeping her) and another time it was a beautiful Rotti puppy. I did take him to an out of town shelter(who found him a wonderful home) but I told them that I found him on the road. Lie, lie, lie, if you have to. Animals Rule

    3. Absolutely without hesitation: however I would never take the dog anywhere where it would be returned to its owner. I would either keep it and nurse it back to health and then try to rehome it far away from its original owners. I doubt those pos would even look for the dog.

    4. yes I have, to save an abused dog….much better off in a non kill shelter than with that pig of an owner. Yep. I got away with it too..

    5. I would try the legal route. If the authorities would not protect her then I would take action. Unfortunately there are a lot of clueless and cruel people. No animal deserves to be treated that way.

    6. I did take my neighbor’s dog when I moved. The vet said he was 2 weeks away from death (their other dog had already died). I could not stomach seeing that beautiful dog die. Now he is happy and healthy and safe. Safe for the last 8yrs. And I would do it again in a heartbeat.

    7. I would save all and steal all dogs that I saw being abused in any way!!!!!!!!! a dog is
      a beautiful creature and deserves love caring and respect!!!!!

  1. Then I would take her again and never tell anyone where I took her. Bet your butt she would be safe, inside, loved, vetted and never again hurt !!! And pitty the fool, idiot that got in my way.

  2. Here in Framingham Ma we’re trying to do this the right way. Yet authorities are leaving us hopeless Freedom for Misty

  3. If you do this, you need to be prepared to DISAPPEAR THE DOG. This is an old story – animals are considered property in most jurisdictions and will be returned to their torturers if surrendered to animal control. The citizens of Tacoma need to check into how their “humane” society is being run.

  4. This is why you idiots shouldn’t take the dog to authorities! You take it to a vet you know does the right thing and then have the dog *poof* disappear…..

    1. You’re right on, girl. People think government and authorities are always good and know everything….NOT. FYI, for people reading this, do NOT vaccinate an animal immediately. In this condition, it will do harm. Wait until it is healthy and then run a titer test that will show if the animal has already been vaccinated or not. Giving more than one vaccine in a lifetime is NOT necessary and only does permanent harm.

  5. They should have called 9-1-1

    It could very well be that this dog has cancer or another terminal illness…not that I think it’s likely or probable, but it is a possibility that can’t be ignored.

    I would have likely knocked on the door if the police didn’t show up as well as called a few local news agencies to drum up attention to the plight of the dog.

    1. THAT IS WHY DOG WAS TAKEN TO VET. VET LOOKED AT ANIMAL AND VERIFIED NO PHYSICAL AILMENT OTHER THAN ABUSE THEN RETURNED ANIMAL TO THAT ROTTEN PERSON THAT CALLS HIMSELF A HUMAN BEING. VETS ARE LEGALLY SUPPOSE TO NOTIFY LAW ENFORCEMENT ALSO OR SUFFER LOSS OF THEIR LICENSE TO PRACTICE BEING A VETERINARIAN . I HAVE 1000 ACRE FARM THAT EVEN BEAVER’HAVE RIGHTS OF WHICH I SO GLAD THEY ARE A PROTECTED SPECIES. OTHERWISE JERK NEIGHBORS WOULD BE OUT THERE SHOOTING THEM ILLEGALLY ON MY FAMILIES PROPERTY. BEEN THERE DONE THAT AND GOT LOCALS, COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INVOLVED. IT DEFINITELY WAS A HUGE UPHILL, VICIOUS FIGHT TO DECLARE THEY HAVE RIGHTS ALSO. NOT JUST IDIOT NEIGHBORS WITH THERE SANDWICH PROPERTY. ON A PRIVATE ROAD THEY ONLY HAVE THE RIGHT TO USE TO THEIR HOME. GLAD TO SAY THOSE BEAVER ARE BUILDING HOMES ON OUR PROPERTIES AND PROTECTED BY THE FEDERAL , STATE, CITY, VILLAGE GOVERNMENT. AS WELL AS GEESE, BROWN BEAR THAT TRAVEL FROM ONE SIDE OF MOUNTAIN TO OUR SIDE EVERY DAY.ALL WILD LIFE AND OUR ANIMALS ARE PROTECTED . THREE IDIOT NEIGHBORS DETEST ME BUT THEY LIVE ON PRIVATE LAND NOT PUBLIC LAND.

      1. Good for you…love what your doing for the wildlife..on your own property…As for your asshole neighbors…so glad you stood your ground. ..I have some on both sides of me that give me the same Hassel if my rescue dogs happen to just bark when playing together. ..hard to keep Dogs hushed 24/7…During exorcize or play. ..wish I had the opportunity as you to have that much propery…I’d get out of here in a heart beat.

      2. We need more people like you, Norman. Love animals just like you do and am saving lives in a sea of disrespect all around. Bless you.

  6. I would definitely steal a dog being abused..over and over again. Someone needs to do something! To give this poor dog back to her abusers…what the hell are they doing? Would they give a child in this shape back to her abusive parents? Same thing here…wake up!

    1. Unfortunately abusive owners and abusive parents all have more rights than animals or children. There are far too many children returned to abusive homes who are subsequently killed. I am afraid for this poor dog. I hope the news media keeps a spotlight on these people. Because anyone who can abuse an animal is quite likely to do the same to a child.

  7. Someone wasn’t doing their job for sure why would anyone give the dog back to its abusive owner. Who ever is responsible for the return should be charged with murder and never be allowed to work with animals again

    1. Same here. When someone “SAVES” a dog from abuse.. .NEVER, EVER , EVER got to the authorities or tell ANYONE about it. Make sure you have a “safe place” arranged BEFOREHAND and get the dog as far away from the area as possible and especially NEVER say anything when taking a dog for medical treatment except that it was a roaming stray. Law enforcement, Animal Control and the “Humane” Society are all USELESS and RARELY, if EVER go after the abusers. I know where I live they are corrupt and don’t give a damn about the animals.

  8. What a stupid question! Of course I would done it again. Did it twice and would do it again without hesitation.

  9. Do what I did…go to their website and send them a message. They aren’t ever going to see the posts here, but they will definitely notice if their email fills up with outraged messages.

  10. The Humane Society of Tacoma should have kept the poor thing in protective custody during the investigation. For shame!

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