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I remember there was an adjective for this kind of dogs, but I forgot what it was. It sounds like "scavenge", but it doesn't start by "s". I have the word on the tip of my tongue, but I can't remember it. A dog without a owner roaming the streets.

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The most common way to refer to this would be stray dog--a dog without an owner, whether because it got lost, was abandoned, etc.

You might also see feral, but that would imply a dog that was born wild and not ever accustomed to humans.

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    "feral" can also mean an animal that has been on its own so long -- perhaps for years -- that it has lost all socialization to humans. I would not use it for a dog that was simply lost. – David Siegel May 3 at 23:18
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    I have also heard "homeless" and "ownerless" used in such cases. – David Siegel May 3 at 23:19
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    While I do believe this is correct (+1), the OP said that word does not being with an "s." Also, "feral" doesn't really apply to what the OP is asking... – Voldemort's Wrath May 3 at 23:27

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