|Barked: Mon Nov 30, '09 7:59am PST |
|Oscar- hope I'm getting the name right- I applaud what you've done with Sarge and others. We have a difference of opinion, but that's the beauty of living in a free country.
The dog that has been returned three times I would almost certainly euthanize. I don't know why he bit those people, but three different times in three different homes seems like a problem to me. It could possibly be fixed at the expense of a lot of time and effort, but I'm one of those who believes that there's a dog in a shelter somewhere that WON'T bite that deserves a home.
When I was a child, a standard schnauzer nailed me in the face when I tried to give him a hug. On the one hand, it was my fault because I was only three and didn't realize that some dogs don't like to be hugged. Conversely, it was also the dog's fault because getting hugs from the family children is part of being a dog. I crossed his boundary, but he had an unreasonable boundary.
I've done a lot of rescue work, and I don't choose to rescue dogs which are going to take a large amount of time or money to rehab. Biting someone over food had a clear trigger and the dog's boundary was clearly crossed, but to me, the dog's boundary was unreasonable, and I'd pass that dog by to save another. If there were no perfectly healthy- emotionally, mentally and physically- needing rescue, or if one of my pets developed a problem such as this, I would work to rehabilitate, but with things the way they are and doing what I do in the region where I live, I have to choose my battles.
That said, I don't think rescue is my responsibility at all. It's an act of charity, something I do because...I don't have anything better to do? I have no idea why I do it.
I do know that I have never sent a dog to the pound, created a behavior problem in a dog, bred an unwanted litter or bought from a BYB. It's not my fault that any dog needs rescue. I do rescue, but not because I'm morally obligated to.
Again, jsut my opinions, and part of the beauty of living in a free country is I can rescue the dogs I want to rescue and others can rescue the dogs they want to rescue. In answer to your question, Shandi, if it were my shelter, I'd probably euthanize those dogs. Animals have a colossal ability to do harm and hurt people and other animals, and I'm not willing to send that forth into the world. With other dogs that don't bite waiting for homes, I'm also not willing to expend the resources necessary to fix them.
Of course, like everyone else, I dream of the day when no animal needs rescue.
I don't want to come off like a hard@$$. I'm realy not.