|Barked: Sat Nov 9, '13 10:34am PST |
|OP, this is really very simple, for you. If you can't keep her, the dog needs to be returned to the rescue from whence she came. Good rescues make a lifetime commitment to every dog they adopt out, come what may, without excuses. Besides that, check your adoption contract. Presumably, there's a clause therein that states you MUST return her to the rescue if you are not keeping her. This is both your obligation, and the rescue's responsibility. Hound Haven has to do whatever they have to do to honor their return clause. It's the most basic tenet of rescue ethics.
Once Becky is back in care of Hound Haven, they will make the decisions about her future. They will have their own behavior and training experts evaluate her, and they will review her history and the liabilities incurred. They may decide that she is not safe to adopt out again, in which case they may have her euthanized, but (at least in my opinion) that may be acceptable even for a "no-kill" rescue, under certain circumstances. Otherwise, they may be able to re-adopt the dog, but only with careful screening and preparation of the new owner. Or, they may seek to find the dog a sanctuary.
If Hound Haven doesn't have a foster home that can manage a dog-aggressive dog, they can board her at a commercial facility on a short term basis until they decide her future. If you feel sympathetic to the rescue and the taxing of their resources, you could make a donation toward the cost of boarding. Honestly, though, there's no need to feel bad. Rescues have to be prepared to deal with this sort of thing; otherwise they just shouldn't be rescuing~!
OP you are lucky that Becky came from a rescue, as I am sure, after her return, they will do the best they can for her as well as the community, and make a sound and reasoned decision. But I am sorry you've had to go through all this - it will still be hard for your family to lose Becky.
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