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    Default Bad News- Not Sure What I Can Do?

    sorry for the long post.
    I have found out that my mother in law is putting her dog down.
    Let me just start of by saying with love that she is a bit unstable (the mother in law)
    She is supposedly a jack russell x foxie that she picked up as a puppy from a byb- she does not loom like either though. She is 10 months old.
    She picked up the dog without telling anyone so I wasn’t able to advise or warn her on any of the usual things re byb, getting a breed that suits, not being in the best position etc.
    Now this dog was absolutely doted on since being picked up, went everywhere with the MIL, slept with her, basically they were never apart.
    Right from the start though she never had any training, even the most basic. Was let get away with everything.
    After moving house a couple of times (she always does this, never stays anywhere permanently) she has found herself with nowhere really to go. (obviously she is welcome at our house and is staying with the sister in law). She is trying to find a place but being on disability pension, very bad rental history and a dog is is near impossible.
    On top of all this the dog in out of control- it snarls as people, barks like crazy, she cant take her for walks anymore as she cant control her lunging and generally being terrible on lead.
    She put it up for giveaway on gumtree to a good home and even I agreed this would be best for the dog as MIL had no place to live, no money to get professional help etc.
    2 days later the dog snarled and bit someone on a walk and it drew blood.
    Now the MIL has made an appointment to put her to sleep tomorrow.

    I feel so terribly for this dog. The poor thing never had a chance with no training and the instability in its short life. Not to mention it is still a puppy.

    Is there anything that I can do for this dog? or is it to far gone? Myself taking it is not an option as I have my hands full with my own and she is in Wollongong and I am in Adelaide.
    She has spoken to the rspca and they basically said to put her to sleep as she will likely not pass their tests and be put to sleep anyway.
    Is there any kind of rescue I could organise for her to go to?

    argh I dont know what to do. Maybe there is nothing and the rainbow bridge is the best for this poor little thing?

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    I am so sorry and feel for you in this horrible situation.
    To me, a dog who bites is a dog who is doomed. This situation, as you know is of your MIL's making and to my mind not the dog's fault. I may be wrong but I feel that tests would not be passed by rescue or RSPCA. It would not hurt though to ring some rescues in Wollongong or Sydney and ask their advice...if you can in time.

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    the truth is if you can't find someone for the pup to go to who is willing to put in the work very few rescue places will take the dog, and if they do it will not pass the test they will put it through.

    i'm sorry. being a puppy the behaviour would be able to be changed around but with a lot of dedication and work. there is always hope for a puppy, but in this situation there is little option. its a terrible thing but not very many people would be willing to adopt a puppy that has so many issues
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    Jazz, I'm so sorry.
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    A lot worse things in this world than being PTS, if she cant care for it and it is agressive, then i would be putting it to sleep

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    That's terribly sad. If only someone could put in the time and effort with her I'm sure it wouldn't be too late...but that's not the world we live in. There are just too many unwanted dogs for rescues to be able to put the work in that's needed for the 'trouble' dogs.

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    Its really heartbreaking to hear stories like this. But what can you do. There are so many dogs without any baggage that require a home, let alone one with so many issues.

    I feel so sorry for all concerned.

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    I find these types of situations heartbreaking. Are you able to take the dog on short term and correct it's behaviour, then try to rehome it? As others have said, there are so many unwanted, fantastic dogs who would make wonderful pets, with no issues so dogs with issues don't stand much chance unless you are able to intervene and put in the hard work yourself. It's a big ask when it's not your own dog. Maybe it is best for this little girl to go to rainbow bridge......best for her that is to prevent further anguish and suffering.

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    Thanks guys for all your advise and condolances.
    By the sounds of it my fears are confirmed, there wont be much we can do
    OH tells me that legal action might be taken now because of the bite which would make it even harder to get someone to take her in I assume.
    Are you able to take the dog on short term and correct it's behaviour
    Honestly I wish I could.
    I just am really not up to doing something like that.. My experience in training a dog consists of 3 months of not really getting anywhere with mine.
    I have to work full time and there is no way I could manage 2 out of control dogs let alone one with serious biting issues. I am sorry I just couldn't do it I know it.

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    We wouldn't expect you to Jazz, we know you have your hands full as it is. They might be forced to PTS anyway if legal action is involved, I'm not sure if she'd even be allowed to be rehomed.

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