A friend of mine was telling me about his friend, M. In late December, there was raid by the sheriff's department at M neighbor's home (nothing to do with M whatsoever) but they gained access to the sides/ yard of the neighbor's house by 1) cutting the lock on M's gate and 2) opening, and leaving open, M's gate, which is leads to the driveway and yard. This is caught on surveillance video from M's house. Following the lock cutting and gate opening, M's dog is on seen on tape walking right outside the yard and wandering off. I watched the video myself, and this is exactly what happened.
M's dog is GONE and he and his family is devastated. M had NO idea that the sheriff was coming and had nothing to do with the raid. M was in the wrong, for sure, for having the dog outside unattended, but it is also unclear if they were home at the time with the door open, or if the dog was outside while they were gone.
M called the sheriff, who, especially when confronted with the video, fully admitted that they let the dog out and they are responsible for it. So they asked M "how much he wants" for his dog. M was flabbergasted and said this is is PET who was 8 years old and he has raised this whole time. Sheriff said, "Oh well, we can give you a check for $500, but that's our limit." M is super upset and doesn't know what to do.
What would YOU do??