Animal-related complaints and concerns: what to do?
We’ve all been there: you’re minding your own business, walking down the street, when you see a dog that’s been left in a hot car. Or, you’re out for a run and an aggressive dog comes charging at you. Maybe you found an injured bird and don’t know how to help. These are all common animal-related complaints and concerns that we often don’t know how to handle. Here are some tips on what to do in these situations.
If you see a dog in a hot car, the first thing you should do is call the police. It is illegal in many states to leave a dog in a hot car, and the police will be able to help the dog. If the police are not available, you can try to find the owner yourself. If you can’t find the owner, you can break the window to get the dog out. Be sure to take video or photos of the dog in the car as well as the license plate of the car so that the owner can be identified and charged.
If you are out for a run or walk and an aggressive dog comes at you, the best thing to do is to stay calm. Dogs can sense when you are afraid, and if you show fear, the dog may attack. If you have a bag or jacket with you, hold it out in front of you so that the dog has something to bite other than you. Once the dog is biting the bag, slowly back away until you are out of the dog’s reach. If you don’t have anything to offer the dog, you can try to make yourself as small as possible by crouching down and covering your head with your arms. Once the dog is no longer interested in you, slowly walk away.
If you find an injured bird, the best thing to do is to call a local wildlife rehabilitation center. These centers are staffed with people who know how to care for injured animals. If you can’t find a rehabilitation center, you can try to care for the bird yourself. First, you will need to catch the bird. This can be done by throwing a towel over the bird or using a box to trap it. Once the bird is caught, you will need to create a makeshift nest. This can be done by lining a box with soft material like towels. The bird will also need food and water. You can give the bird small pieces of chicken or insects. Put the food and water in a shallow dish so that the bird can reach it. Once the bird is in the nest, keep it in a quiet, dark place until it can be taken to a rehabilitation center.
These are just a few tips on what to do in common animal-related complaints and concerns. By following these tips, you can help to keep animals safe and help them to get the care they need.