Not really - I don't think Muffy should be put down based on her behaviour (but then there are very few dogs that I think PTS is an acceptable decision, but that assumes I'm the handler too), but from a legal stand point - given the change of hands involved with an adoption - I think there is a mountain of concerns. None of which rest on us. We don't own the dog, and we don't have a say in what ultimately happens to her, from whether she stays with us to whether she is ultimately adopted. - and if she bites a future owner, any legal ramification would lie on the foster organisation.I know that sounds very harsh, very dry but it's for everyones long term benefit to make things very black and white when it comes to dogs such as this.
We are able to assess her actions and make some kind of comment on what she is likely to do in future, and how she should be handled. But that "will she be rehomed?" one.. we actually can not control that, and we know that the foster org will not choose PTS, which leaves us just doing whatever we can from a training perspective to make sure she is a safer dog than when she arrived. While we may be involved in behavioural consults for her, we will not be the ones saying to a potential foster "this dog has problems, are you willing to handle them?" ..rather, we will be the ones saying, "this dog has a known history that makes her a potential danger - given that you are making the choice to keep this dog, this is a way you can handle her behaviours, but YOU are taking a risk, and you have been warned." (...The "you" in that sentence is the foster organisation)
^this will be our position regardless of her behaviour.
For me, in the situation I'm in I wouldn't argue for a PTS because I don't believe personally believe she is dangerous, but if I was the foster coordinator, and I was in charge of muffy's life, I'd also just keep her myself - as many have suggested we do - ...its just not my call though is it? As it stands, the foster people will have to continue to pay us to look after her until such time that they make a decision about what to do with her as an alternative, because unfortunately, we are not in a position to take on another dog long term. And especially since it would be completely insane for us to house a dog of this kind with other clients dogs without constant supervision, - and around my piano students (which with the exclusion of the adults I know to be good with dogs she has been completely isolated from - pain in the ass - and even those adults I've of course kept her at a distance and told them not to approach her as there is too much liability).
These comments I make about the process of how one might successfully re-home her are not things that I would back in writing while in the capacity of "the pawfectionist" as a business. I'm just speculating about what would be required to safely re-home her, many of my thoughts probably fit into a hypothetical situation where legal concerns do not exist and people getting hurt doesn't matter.. just what it would take to get the dog from point A to point B, and be safe and acceptable at the end.
^these are the things I think about because getting bitten by a dog is not something that scares or concerns me even slightly. But that is ofcourse just me.