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    Hi,

    This is my first time on here as I received some disturbing news about my dog (Amstaff - now 18 months old) who was hit while in the care of a dog minder. I only found this out yesterday but happened back in December 2009 while left over Christmas.

    As we know Amstaff's play a little rough, this one day (as the story I've been told) my little girl was playing with another staffy and it escalated. The dogs were left alone (there were about 20 dogs in the pen) and the person on duty tried to separate them, but couldn't so he hit my dog so hard on the top of the head she had blood weep from her eye.

    You have no idea how furious I am, but before I go and make reports and try to find out the exact details to ensure the story is correct and not over dramatic (which is what I am hoping), I was wondering if you could help me in knowing who I can approach to report this centre?

    There is more that has come to my attention about the treatment of not only my dog but others, so I'm not going to let this one go! The centre is a very popular one but I just can't name it just yet for obvious reasons.

    I know of RSPCA & PIAA but are there any others?

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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    I would find out the details first before you go flying off the handle like an over protective mother reporting everyone and sundry for something that could very well have been a very nasty incident between two dogs fighting ,especially staffies. With your dog fighting ,the only option might have been to hit the dogs to try and get them apart before too much damage was done through them biting each other. Personally I wouldn't leave my dog in a place that allows many dogs to be in together. THAT is only asking for trouble IMO > trouble in dogs injuring each other or trouble in your dog being injured by those who are trying to put a stop to the fight.
    Maybe your dog would be better off in a boarding kennel , one that does not allow the "inmates" to roam freely with each other?

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    inmates is a pretty strong word :/
    We have a few dog minders on here and their facilities are far from being prison like.


    Im sorry your dog has been put in this situation, but unfortunately when your dog is in the care of another person its up to them to decide thebest way to handle things.
    Dog play/fights can go from 0 to 100 in a moments notice prehaps in the heat of things the accused did what they thought was best.

    I would get someone close to you to investigate it for you. You are too emotionally attached to make a clear call maybe?

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    Just ring the place up and talk to them, tell them what you heard and asked what happened
    you will have no chance of backing it up, and it is your word against theirs. Talk to management and ask about it - it may be a problem they dont know about with one of their staff.

    As someone said above, a bull breed can go from 0 to 100 in seconds, and people panic, while hitting a dog in a fight will do nothing to stop it, it may have been the only option they had

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    When in a dog fight, I have always been told to use water, noise(not yelling/screaming) or the wheelbarrow technique(pulling the back legs of both dogs at the same time).

    Two weeks ago a Staffy X Kelpie got hold of the skin on Lady's throat and was shaking like it was a tug of war toy. Blood had run down Lades white chest.
    The owner of the other dog lost it and was screaming and crying. My only option was to kick. I booted, yes, I did boot the dog as hard as I could, very unsafe, but as I said I had no other option or Lady's throat would be torn out. They seperated and Lady skid away, I scooped her up while the other dog continued to jump all over me to get to her again. Once dogs were both on their leads, I apologised for kicking her dog and she explained 'it had to be done'.

    My point is, in times of need, the most 'humane' thing doesn't run through your mind. I assume the hitting of your dog broke up the fight, and in that case, what would you rather, some bleeding of the eye? Or a dead dog and your dog being given the ethanasia for being 'dangerous'?
    I would speak to them, but keep that in mind.
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    Aussiemyf7,

    Don't ever apologise, you actually did the right thing. When I worked in a very large boarding kennel some years ago, the staff were told 'if you don't have anything else at hand to break up a fight, never use your hands , use your feet ! (we all wore gumboots) It is far safer to use 'the boot' than to put your hands and arms in where your face could cop it too if you're leaning over fighting dogs.

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    I agree re breaking up fighting when other methods just will not work as all they want to do is kill each other.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    thanks for all your upfront honest feedback.

    it's dearly appreciated and taken on board.

    take care

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    Well let us know what you find out mygirl.

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