I get a ton of e-mails pleading for help. Some leave me at a loss. Like this one........
Hi we have taken in a pit we found on the street, neutered him and have had him in our home for the past 6 months. He has bitten two people and another dog. We have him in training and are making great headway with him but with this recent 2nd bite we feel we can't take the risk of keeping him any longer. Our trainer also advised that we are not, in his opinion, equipped to keep him and that he needs a home with strict structure and discipline with someone who is very experienced. Of course we love him and he is so sweet and affectionate and loyal with us, but I feel its too dangerous. This last bite was completely out of the blue. The first seemed to be related to protecting me and our home.
Anyway I can't bear the idea of putting him down. Are there any options you can suggest? He is a beautiful, playful black 1 yr old pit pup.
Thank you for your time.
I've obviously never met the dog, but he is one year old and already been allowed/put in a situation where he has bitten two people. I can't even place stellar dogs, what makes these people think I can 'fix' this dog and place him??? I feel conflicted, as I consider that this dog may be passed on to someone ELSE who is ill equipped to handle him and his issues, yet I know the people would freak out if I suggested that if THEY don't have the time and ability to deal with the liability then it is unfair to expect someone ELSE to. They did a good thing by this dog and took him in, neutered him etc. so I do feel for them. These are the ones that get me the most. What do you do?? This is not a dog I would consider for my program, though I haven't met him. If I do not respond, will someone else take him and put him back out there, going from that to headlines in my area? Do you agree to take the dog, tell the people his adoptability pends it passing your BE (knowing full well he won't) and do the dirty work if it needs to be done?