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    John had found two stray dogs

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    John had found two stray dogs and taken them into his house.

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    #2

    Re: John had found two stray dogs

    It's fine if you definitely want it in past tense "had" rather than "has".
    Although the most natural would probably be "John had found two stray dogs and taken them in." The 'into his house' or similar is sometimes not necessary as a shortened version implies the rest of the info anyway. In this case, taking someone or something in is a common enough phrase for people to know it refers to bringing in under someone's control, supervision, care, etc.

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    Re: John had found two stray dogs

    On the subject of tenses, it's also perfectly acceptable to say "John found two stray dogs and took them in". The only way to tell if your choice of tenses was correct would be to know the context and the surrounding sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: John had found two stray dogs

    It's perfectly natural in the right context.
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