|Barked: Wed Apr 17, '13 1:48pm PST |
|So I have an older women (70+) who lives down the street from me, i know her but not well enough to have her personal info (phone number/name/etc). She had 4 dogs, a small terrier mix, 2 large (100+ lbs) black lab mixes, and a GSD mix. She cannot keep these dogs in her yard, my neighbors and I built her a fence, secured her yard (as best we could), and got all her dogs microchipped. She was very picky about the fence, no taller than 4 feet or she would not let us fence it in..unfortunately the 3 large dogs can jump the fence. All these dogs are friendly and everyone knows to tell the dogs to go home and they go back to her yard, not a big deal..even the animal control officers know these dogs and will take them home to her.
So today I am leaving my house and a large pit bull mix is standing at the end of my street. It is growling at everybody walking on my street and charging people with dogs. I get in my car and drove closer (I wanted to be protected, note I have nothing against pits but it was acting aggressive). It came charging at my car (luckily I was going slow and could stop) and jumped at the window trying to bite! I saw a name and number on the tag so I threw a treat out the rear window to distract it and it ran to the treat while I pulled to the side of the road and called the number. When I dialed the number I was surprised that the old women at the end of my street picked up!! I explained the situation and she came out and got the dog..she told me that since she had a nice yard now, she went to the shelter and adopted this dog!! The shelter told her that it was the dogs last chance as it had bitten in the past and since she did not have much company it would be the "perfect fit" for Bo (the pit bull). Just as she was walking away Animal control pulled up (some one else had called them) and asked what was going on, they gave her a citation because they got a complaint.
Now can someone tell me why in the world an old women who cannot keep her current dogs in her yard would go out and adopt an aggressive dog??
Why would the shelter adopt any large dog with aggression issues out to an elderly person..what if she needs medical attention??
My dilemma comes with what to do. Animal control said that if they kept getting complaints they may have no choice but to take her dogs. I have no problem with them taking the pit (that she should not have), the terrier mix would find a home no problem but the other dogs would have a hard time being adopted..they are shy until they get to know people and the black dogs are old (about 10, littermates). I would hate to see all her dogs taken from her and sitting at the shelter just because she got this aggressive dog. I asked her about putting up a taller fence and she is still opposed, she said she would rather have a good view and if they take her dogs its not her problem where they end up (im sure my jaw dropped).
I am wondering if maybe I should ask her if she would care if i started looking for new homes for the 3 large dogs (other than the pit as i know I could not find anyone to take him). Any advice on what I should/could do to help the innocent dogs that would be affected if animal control had to step in (i gave them my info so if it does happen they are suppose to call me and I will take the GSD mix as a foster (he stayed at my house while she was in the hospital and loves my dogs/cats so i know it would not be a problem). The others are not good with cats so they would have to go to the shelter..i would hate to see the old dogs in a concrete kennel..
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