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Family pet put down
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steve19438    Posted 10-13-2004 at 10:14:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
from philadelphia, pa:
a families two year old pet dog was "done in" by a pet shelter after becoming agitated and unruly after only 9 minutes at the shelter. the family is griefstricken and people are outraged!
turns out the dog had no ID, collar or license as reguired by PA law.
who is the bad guy here????

Easy Answer ... Everyone    Posted 10-13-2004 at 16:34:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
... that was involved.

Where do you start? Here is my $.02:

1) Owner - for not maintaining control of the pet. Sounds tough cuz dogs get out but it really isn't if you pay attention to your pets and provide the proper area for them.

2) Shelter - Bad policy for unruly animals? I cannot get homeowners insurance if I own one of the top "bad" breeds of dogs. They are: Pitbulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Chows, or Akita. That is what the "insurance brain trust" in Missouri has determined to be dangerous. Forget the fact that an owner has 90% to do with the behavior of the pet. Hmmm? Sounds kinda like passing the buck doesn't it? Maybe the the shelter cannot keep certain breeds no matter what their behavior pattern. I don't know >>>> Just speculating.

3) Idiot employee at the shelter - may have been frightened by a scared dog. Could have made up an "attack" story and had the dog euthanized. You never know these days.

No matter, a family member is now gone. Hopefully the family can grieve and get through it OK. I really like a good dog to hang by my feet all day long.

- Peanut

Oliver    Posted 10-13-2004 at 15:19:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
The dog owner is at fault. They and dog are both lucky it made it to the shelter and was "put down", rather than being hit and killed on the road. PETA or somebody should go after owner for neglect. Play by the rules or don't whine when you get caught breaking them.

~Lenore    Posted 10-13-2004 at 12:24:04       [Reply]  [No Email]

Put down after only nine minutes!
What in the world could a dog that is caged, do to prompt that type of action?

The owner is also responsible for letting the animal run free without a collar.
Even if it escaped, it should have had a collar on.

I can't help but wonder what the "shelter" rules are for length of time from the time an animal comes in to when it can be put down.

Most city pounds even have a "grace" period before animals are euthanized so their owners have time to locate them!


Melanie    Posted 10-13-2004 at 13:06:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Unless the dog was sick I can't imagine why it would be immediately put down. Wait- what was its breed? I know I heard somebody somewhere says that pits got put down almost right away, was that here I heard that?

Rickstir    Posted 10-13-2004 at 11:03:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Unfortunately the family is at fault and the dog had to pay for their negligence. Either by ignorance or trying to skip by the regulations and save money, it cost them their pet. I have four dogs and spend a lot of money keeping them in good health and withing vacination regulations, and they are all chipped for easy identification. Two of our dogs cost real money (yellow lab bird/duck dogs), two were walk ups, they all get treated the same.

steve19438    Posted 10-13-2004 at 11:26:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i totally AGREE! the family is trying to (with the media's help) make the shelter look like the bad guy.

Tom Henson Sr.    Posted 10-13-2004 at 10:22:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The shelter. So sad. I know it hurts. Best wishes. Tom

steve19438    Posted 10-13-2004 at 10:50:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks but it wasn't my dog.

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