It depends. You are legally required when you find a stray dog to report such a finding to your community's law enforcement association or animal control officer within 48 hours. If you do not do so you can be found guilty of a misdemeanor. If you do report the finding of a stray animal within the time given under the law, and there is no owner registered for the animal than you may keep it as your own if you wish. However, keep in mind that if you steal or take a dog, which is registered, without the consent of the dog's owner you will be subject to criminal liability.
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