Last year I was given a fourteen year old Maltese/Jack Russell and was told that she was cat safe. The person who gave me this dog is a former neighbour whom has been an acquaintance for many years. I took this dog because the former owner has a long term problem with mental illness and a boyfriend who drinks.
It was us or be put down and as I foolishly believed the description that I was given, I accepted her. Her name is Blossom. Blossom is most definitely not cat safe and is in fact quite aggressive with them. She also bites people and has bitten myself, my adult daughter and husband. She has also attacked my other dog, a ten year old Jack Russell multiple times. He keeps forgiving her.
The cats don't and avoid her. At the moment she confined to the kitchen and has supervised stints in the backyard. She is a determined escape artist and my current fencing is a bit dodgy. The kitchen also has the benefit of being tiled as Blossom has accidents in the house. She now has a puppy training tray and that is a big help. I don't think that finding her another home is an option.
We are moving in the next couple of months and the next house will have better fencing. As she was formerly an outside dog, would it be ethical to have her live outside again? I worry about this as all the other animals are indoor pets and she would be by herself. Or should I bite the bullet and have her put down. I don't want to do this. Advice will be keenly appreciated.