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    Lala, what you have said, I believe to be true. It has been the same for years - people take on a cute pup, and when it grows into a 'adult' it is nothing but a hindrance. AN ANIMAL IS FOR LIFE - THEIR LIFE! I realise circumstances do not always allow this, but people should at least attempt to find a new loving 'family' before dumping them at a pound. I am also one of those people who would not leave their dog (or my cats) behind.

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    We currently have 40 dogs at the Canberra pound. Normally there's only about half that. 27 dogs were surrendered (or abandoned) there in one week last week. Some were just dropped off in their front yard at night.

    40 dogs that only have 1 more week to live unless adopted. The rescue organisations are working tirelessly to find enough foster carers. Normally 98% of these dogs end up getting saved and eventually rehomed - which is an extraordinary effort, but I think this time it's going to be a lot less than that. There are your usual staffies and working dog crosses, but also an unusual number of small dogs, like pomeranians and shitzus.

    Once we live in our own house - in about a year's time when it's been built! - I think I will start fostering dogs too.

    I noticed that there were a couple of pitbulls listed too this week and just heard one of them - a pup - has been transferred to the RSPCA. I suspect they chose that one to ensure it would not end up in the 'wrong hands' because the pound does not seem to do any background checks.

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    A few years ago i built a lovely brand new 3 level townhouse in Brunswick. to say it was a great location would be an understatement, it had everything.
    It was originally built as an investment property with the view of selling it and buying another house (with yard in area i wanted to be).
    After sitting down and doing the figures it actually made sense to move into townhouse to save quite a large amount of capital gains tax however, with dogs this was going to be impossible.
    My best mate who was the builder said dont worry about it just get rid of your dogs.????? He couldnt believe it when i said there was no way i would ever do that.
    In the end i rented the property out and continued to rent myself.
    I personally take my pets for life but i am realistic enough to understand that others are not going to be as compassionate when it comes to pets. All i can hope is that these pets find new loving homes.

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    I had to make that decision recently when I bought my first property, Peter. I could have bought a townhouse in a better location, but I wouldn't have been able to have my dog there. So I bought a cheap separate title house way further out.

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    I think that would be one of the hardest jobs on earth to do, you would virtually have to cut off all emotion dealing with people or you would go bananas.

    I dips me lid to shelter workers.

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    My last three dogs have been pound rescues
    Tara (Red Doberman) - given up because she killed a neighbors cat
    She was bored and kept in a unit. was never a problem with me. She died of cancer at about 11. I spent a small fortune trying to keep her alive.
    Wilma - Supposed to be a Visla X I think was Ridgeback X. No ridge but all other colorings she looked like Santas Helper. Really. She was given up because she was sick and throwing up and making a mess. I think it was because she jumped up a scratched the kids. I taught her to heal and sit on her first walk. Had her abot 5 seconds. Great Dog. Had a renowned whip tail (like a Dalmation). Jumped the fence and got run over when we were doing renovations. I was and still am devastated
    Geordie - Kelpie X Jack Russel. Still got him. He's going deaf.He must be 15 Years Old.Never does anything wrong except poo in the house when desperate. Loves my 7-Y-O daughter. He Still goes (out) when there is lttle kids around. <4. was given up because owner was asthmatic. Still going strong. He's sleeping next to me as I right this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michelle89 View Post
    I do a lot of rescue transport and today was the first time I have ever seen someone at the pound “surrendering” a dog.

    While waiting for my two cats – I heard the lady talking about her dog and why she was abandoning it.

    Lady: He bit my niece the other day and I worry about him doing it again
    Pound staff: Would you say he is aggressive?
    Lady: No he is a good dog. . He isn’t as friendly as normal dogs. You know like normal dogs you can pick up and play with. What happens if nobody adopts him after the holding time.
    Pound staff: He gets put to sleep
    Lady seems concerned but still completes the transaction.
    ....

    All the while the niece is standing there. Yanking the dog off the floor by the leash. I wonder why it bit her.

    I get so angry with people. People really suck.

    I went up and patted the dog after they left. He was really nervous but in no way aggressive or nasty. Poor guy. I hope someone adopts him and gives him the home he deserves.
    If he passes then phsyc test he should find a home being a small dog. I'm told by the RSPCA that most if not all of their small dogs are rehomed

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    Quote Originally Posted by clubsprint View Post
    I'm told by the RSPCA that most if not all of their small dogs are rehomed
    This isn't an RSPCA - It is Blacktown pound. It services many different councils and can hold between 140 and 200 animals at a time. I am scared for the dog.

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    The fact that it has bitten already is a bad sign. It may not pass the temperament test and be PTS for that reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    The fact that it has bitten already is a bad sign. It may not pass the temperament test and be PTS for that reason.
    From the description of how the dog was treated by the child, it is very possible that it was severely provoked before it bit though. And the temperament tests - that at our pound are actually done by the rescue groups, not by the pound staff - are pretty basic. I think they use a doll to check the dog's reaction to children.

    Most dogs will nip when provoked and if they cannot get away, though for some that threshold is lower than for others.

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