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POLL: Did Manitou Springs man cross an ethical line when he stole a pup from a homeless man

July 8, 2017 Updated: July 8, 2017 at 10:21 pm
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photo - Don Goede in his office Wednesday, June 14, 2017, with "Stella," the dog he took from from a panhandler after he says the man told him "I'm starving the dog to teach it a lesson." Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Don Goede in his office Wednesday, June 14, 2017, with "Stella," the dog he took from from a panhandler after he says the man told him "I'm starving the dog to teach it a lesson." Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette 

On that day in May, Goede hit his brakes in time to avoid striking the basset mix. He hopped out of his car to signal other drivers to swerve around as he scooped up the adolescent dog. Goede asked a woman panhandling at the intersection if the dog was hers. It wasn't, so Goede put the trembling animal in his vehicle.

As he prepared to drive away, a man ran up and started pounding on the car. Goede rolled down his window, and the man explained that the woman had been watching the dog for him when it escaped.

"I said, 'It doesn't look like you take care of the dog because it looks dehydrated and sick from hunger,'" Goede said. "The man said, 'If you don't give the dog back, I will shoot you.' I decided I'm not going to get shot over a dog today."

After he drove away, the exchange replayed over and over in Goede's head. What could he have said; what should he have done? What if he'd been that poor creature's last chance?

Goede returned to the shopping plaza daily over the next week. He watched from afar as the panhandler solicited for change and the dog baked in the hot sun with no apparent food or water.

"I was basically stalking them and trying to see what was going on," Goede said.

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