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Many of us have witnessed the heartbreaking sight of a lost or confused dog running down the street in danger. It happens all the time. Dogs get loose. Our America Now pet pro, Luciano Aguilar, recently interviewed Officer Robinson from the South East Area Animal Control Authority and she deals with strays every day.

"The type of strays we usually come across are dogs that people can no longer keep. They might not be able to afford them anymore, so they become abandoned, or turned into the shelter," Robinson explains. "Other types of strays that we come across are dogs that happen to get out of the yard because of lack of stimulation. So, the types of dogs vary on a day-to-day basis."

What's the first thing you should do when you see a stray dog?

"If the dog seems like it's friendly and you can safely call it over to a sidewalk, then you can do so. If not, I recommend calling your local animal control agency as well as your local law enforcement agency. That way your law enforcement agency can block traffic so that animal control can safely move in and pick the dog up," she explains.

If you do get the dog to a safe place, Robinson says you should check for identification. It might have a collar and personal tags with a number you can call.

"I don't recommend for people to bring stray dogs in themselves, just because there is a risk factor there," she adds. "If the animal is injured or frightened, they may bite them, so I always recommend to call your local animal control agency. We're trained to pick up the dog safely, we have the proper equipment, and that way there's no risk involved for the person.".

People often assume that strays have been neglected or abandoned. But even a well cared-for dog can get loose. So remember the Golden Rule and always treat a stray like you would want to someone to treat your lost dog!

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