|Barked: Tue Dec 6, '11 3:21pm PST |
|"Home confinement, muzzling in public, fencing, etc, are all something I'd consider a reasonable demand for a dog with an established bite history, or perhaps in specific cases where it was determined the dog bit without warning."
I can say that in my jurisdiction, we do have things in place that require court-ordered containment inspections as an outcome of a "dangerous animal" charge.
In my opinion, nothing is the dog's fault. They are, usually, the victim of irresponsible ownership. I do think that many of them (not all) can be rehabilitated. Again, though, I return to my previous statement of "who is going to pay for this?" and "who is truly qualified to do so?"
A lot shelters and humane societies are NPO's, not government run, and are not rolling around in tons of cash handed over from the state/county/city. I just don't see any of them being able to offer the solution of rehabilitating a dog that severely mauled someone. And, even if they could, what average citizen is going to bang down the door to adopt a dog like that? Most of the people who would want that dog are the ones who probably aren't equipped or prepared to take on that responsibility - they are the bleeding heart types who see a dog "behind bars" and want to save it from the big, bad dogcatchers. Now you have a dog you've poured tons of money into, and he's just taking up space in your shelter because you can't find a suitable home for him.
To the OP, Daisy, I would strongly suggest you think about getting in touch with some law enforcement agencies and find out what their protocol is, and - more importantly - why that protocol is in place. It is very easy as a pet owner to feel one way, but you might want to get a feel for what it's like in "our" shoes, so to speak. It is not an easy job, and we often get blasted for things because I don't think most people are able to see the other side of the fence.
|my posts | my page | msg me | gift me | become pals|| [notify]|