Introduction and looking for help..

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Re: Introduction and looking for help..

Postby star_frances » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:44 am

Thank you for wanting to help this dog.

It could be that his behavior would change drastically and improve if he were in a good environment for 2-3 weeks. That's the result everyone hopes for when they rescue a dog. It's also possible with a lot of hard work and commitment that he could be manageable in the right home even if he does have some lasting behavioral problems. The trouble is, of course, that those good homes are few and far between and finding someone willing to take on a potentially troubled dog is very difficult. Of course, the worst case scenario, and the one no one wants to face, is that he is potentially a danger and needs to be put to sleep. If you do decide to step in, I think it's important you be honest about all the possibilies and willing to see it through to the end, no matter which of those outcomes you may be faced with. Most rescues and shelters are full to overflowing, and taking this dog with the expectations of a group being able to step in and help you are slim to none.

At the very least perhaps you could locate free or low cost neuter options in your area and suggest that to the current owner? It won't solve many or all of the behavior problems, but it could help. The skin problems could be tricky, the dog might be facing mange, food or flea allergy, environmental allergy. Obviously some of those are easier than others to diagnose and treat.

I'd almost be tempted to suggest you take him for a few weeks trial and see how he does, but you'd need to go into it willing to commit from start to finish, not just looking to pass a potential problem dog onto someone else. Best of luck whatever you decide, and thank you again for caring.

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Re: Introduction and looking for help..

Postby boy1075 » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:47 am

i feel the same way... it is sad that this things happened. it is enough to pray that the dog will be in good hand.

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Re: Introduction and looking for help..

Postby Curly_07 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:18 pm

Once a mod approves you to the board, yes you should post this in General to maybe get some more ideas to help you. I've PM'd a few of the mods earlier about everyone waiting to get it. Hopefully one of them will stroll thru soon.

Thank you for doing what you can to help this dog. Oh, and welcome :)

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Re: Introduction and looking for help..

Postby Ilovethepits » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:46 am

Are there any rescues in your area that might be able to help? I know they are all overrun but sometimes things fall into place. Even getting the dog to the vet and/or evaluated would be a good start.

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Re: Introduction and looking for help..

Postby Leslie H » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:08 pm

Personally, I would recommend that the poor dog be euthanized, as his history with people is poor. Sorry the poor dog is in these circumstances.

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