Some people just shouldn't be pet owners. That is apparently what one man thought when he nabbed a neighbor's dog. Crawford and Mary Clay Gupton noticed that their 10-month-old Swiss mountain dog, Heidi, was missing. As any dutiful pet owners would, they put up fliers and asked neighbors if they had seen her. They even offered a $2,000 reward on Reddit. But they got an unexpected response from one user who calls himself "dogthedogsaver."
He wrote that he had "rescued" the dog, who the couple had left outside in the freezing cold for "close to 7 hours." He had first spotted Heidi in an outdoor enclosure and sawed off the lock to set her free.
Here is what he (or she) wrote:
"Not wanting such a sweet dog to freeze to death I headed home, grabbed some tools and headed back. It's now been close to 7 hours since I first saw her, temps are in the teens and that poor dog is ice cold."
Obviously stealing someone's pet is wrong. But I have to say, I don't blame this person one bit. That poor dog was probably freezing out there. Extremely cold weather can be just as dangerous as severely hot temps. If I had passed by and seen Heidi out there, I would have taken note. Then, if she was still in the cold 7 hours later, I would have been incensed. Not sure if I would have cut through a gate to free her, but I would have called the police or another group that handles animal cruelty complaints. But if I thought the dog was in immediate danger, I may have done the exact same thing. Wouldn't leaving Heidi there to suffer have been worse?
But that is not all that concerned this dog rescuer. When Heidi got to his place, he said she made a bee line for the litter box and started eating like she hadn't been fed a decent meal in days. When he gave her bowl of food, she was so hungry, she didn't even stop to go pee. She just let it stream down while she was eating. His post to the Guptons included a photo of a happy and warm Heidi.
Of course they deny the allegation that they neglected their dog. And insist they are a loving, kind family. Other neighbors vouch for that. Since, Heidi has been returned to them. I suppose next time they will think twice before putting her outside in the cold for so long. At least, I hope so.
Would you have taken Heidi?