And you think you have rotten neighbors! Meet the Duffs.
Scott and Roxanne Duff of Leechburg, Pennsylvania found their neighbor’s Golden Retriever and new Rottweiler puppy wandering in their yard. They called the police, who said to describe the dogs and hand them over to a local animal shelter. They finally returned the Golden to the owners, who lived on the same street, but told the police and the owners that the puppy had run away. Actually, the Duffs were in the process of trying to sell the Rotty on Craig’s List.
The next day, the owner of the dogs called police to say he had heard that the puppy was still at the Duffs’ house, as someone reported seeing it in their yard. Police inquired, only to be told, “Puppy? What puppy?” Eventually the Dastardly Duffs confessed to selling the dog for $50. The puppy was duly retrieved from a Pittsburgh woman who police said was unaware of the theft, and reunited with its owner.
Obviously, the Duffs are awful neighbors, untrustworthy, venal and mean. No mystery about that. And they are now charged with not making a reasonable effort to return lost property, two counts of conspiracy, and filing false reports. Presumably, however, this won’t keep them off Second Street for long, so your Ethics Alarms Quiz question is this:
If you are the owner of the puppy, what is the ethical way to treat these black-hearted neighbors from now on?
Do you inform other neighbors about what they did? Do you move? Do you forgive them? Go on as if nothing happened? Watch their every move to see if they are keeping kidnapped teenaged girls chained in the garage?
Let me know.
Pointer: Legal Blog Watch
Facts: Trib Live
Graphic: Denali Rottweilers