|Barked: Mon Mar 17, '08 10:33am PST |
First, the dog in the picture on my dog page is NOT Lucy, it is our other dog, and her best friend Fritz. I did not have a picture of Lucy on file, and I needed to post this ASAP.
Here's a little back story on Lucy. We took her in from a co-worker of my husband's who found her as a stray in the woods. She gets a LOT of love and attention here. She has always been a little aggressive, but gets along fine with Fritz and myself. She does NOT like my husband.
First, we took in another stray puppy that she was constantly snapping at. Second, we found a family of possums in our backyard that she had killed. Thirdly, she bit my husband. This all took place over a few years. What has happened in this last week has driven my husband over the edge, and he is ready to have her put down.
We took in two stray female dogs several weeks ago, that had puppies six days apart, for a total of 17. We kept them in the house until they were 4 and 5 weeks old, and made a fenced in pen area outside to move them. It's impossible to keep 17 puppies inside your house. Anyhow, two nights ago, Lucy killed a puppy. She went to its pen apparently, and pulled it out from under the fence and killed it. We immediately kenneled her outside. Yesterday we went out to let her out to potty, and she started sniffing and drooling around the puppies fence again. After she did her business, we went to put her back in the kennel. This time she tried to bite me. She has never, ever shown aggression towards me.
After the senseless killing, and the repeated bite attempts on my husband, he wants her put down immediately. I, on the other hand, cannot bring myself to do so so quickly even after everything. I cannot adopt her out to another family, for fear she'd hurt someone, and I won't put my problem on anyone else.
We have showered this dog with love and attention, socialized her the best we can, tried everything possible. With this much aggression is euthanasia really the best way to go? I'm emotionally drained and torn here.
Thanks for reading.
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