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Euthanizing an animal aggressive dog. Right or Wrong?

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by SBTlove, May 4, 2011.

  1. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    So I heard about a situation that I guess is common. And wanted your opinions on the topic.

    A woman I work with her brother was hell bent on euthanizing his six year old APBT/Bluetick coonhound mix. When she found this out she was shocked because he is a wonderful dog who loves all people. She asked if he was sick or if he bit someone. But that wasn't the case. He said the dog is an animal killer. He is always bringing to the door dead squirrels and rabbits (well he is a hound mix) then one day the cat got out and he killed the cat. They replaced the cat with another dog they got into a fight and he nearly killed the other dog. He said he didn't care how good he was with people he can't handle a dog that can't coexist with other animals. He felt the best punishment for this dog was death. Well she convinced him to sign the dog over to her. she has owned APBTs for 20 years and understands DA and prey drive. This dog is now sitting in a no kill shelter waiting for a home.

    Now the way I see it there are 2 sides to it. Do I think putting him down for having a prey drive and being DA was right? Most definately NOT. Dude had other options such as crate and rotate or be a one animal home. Do I feel this dog should be sitting in a shelter? Well I don't think his odds of getting adopted are too good considering its much harder to place a dog that has to be an only pet but its possible for him to be adopted.
  2. Tiffany3483

    Tiffany3483 Good Dog

    Do I think it is right? No, but on the flip side, if the owners can't/won't deal with the issue, I think euthanizing them is kinder than letting them sit for months to years in a no kill shelter. Unless it would be in a good foster home situation.

    I personally would not adopt a dog knowing it was dog aggressive. If it happened later on, I could deal with it, but I wouldn't knowingly put my self in that situation. And doing rescue, the hardest dogs to place are the ones that can't live with other dogs.

    I believe the only reason Neva (my foster Dogo) was able to be placed was b/c of her looks and being purebred. If she hadn't looked the way she did, she would have been put down. She lucked out with a great home, but it took 9 months to get her there.
  3. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    As to why she didn't bring the dog home with her. She recently had back surgery and at this time in her life she is not looking for another pet. Her dog died last year and she retires later this year and plans to do quite a bit of travel. She felt the dogs best chance was at the shelter

    ---------- Post added at 10:58 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:54 AM ----------

    Thats kind of the way I look at it too. I have a feeling this dog will spend the rest of his life in the shelter, I have seen it happen too many times.
  4. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    I think if the owner is a moron and can't handle a DA dog, it's better to put the dog down than let it rot in a shelter.

    I would have no problem adopting an animal aggressive dog, but I know I'm the exception, not the norm. Most people don't know enough or just don't care enough to handle an animal that would kill anything that came into its yard. So I would just put it to sleep.
  5. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog


    Personally, as much as I like dogs and love the bully breeds, I couldn't adopt an animal aggressive dog. I have too much on my plate with the house, kids and other pets and I know an animal aggressive dog would lack the attention it needed with me. I can manage Rita because she is only aggressive toward other dogs and not mine. If she became aggressive toward mine, I would be willing to crate and rotate because I already have her and love her, but I wouldn't take it on willingly with how my life is now.
  6. Alma

    Alma GRCH Dog

    I dont think high prey drive & DA is a good reason to have an animal pts.. but, considering Im not the one dealing with the issue, I would say its up to the owner.
  7. Blau

    Blau Big Dog

    Yet another reason why most people shouldn't own animals, and no-kill shelters shouldn't exist... Why own an APBT mix if you can't handle the possibility of animal aggression, and then pawn it off to a no kill shelter? Who's going to want to adopt out an aggressive animal? Poor thing will spend the rest of its life in a cage.
  8. CelticKarma

    CelticKarma Good Dog

    I agree...the dog belongs to him and if he does not want it for what ever reason he has the right to do away with the dog. Does not make it right in the eyes of some but it is better then it going to a shelter.
  9. monkeys23

    monkeys23 GRCH Dog

    I agree 110% here.

    I don't think animals should be punished for being animals, but on the flip side I'm aware of the reality of how few people are capable of responsibly managing animals period.
  10. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    What about shelter dogs that are already dog aggressive?

    I could see that being okay for shelters to PTS dog aggressive dogs because the shelters are over capacity as it is. As was already said, most people won't knowingly rescue an already DA dog when there are many available that aren't.
  11. bringbackup

    bringbackup Big Dog

    x2 to the max...
  12. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    Oh God, I don't suppose he can get the dog out of the hell-hole it's in, can he? Does he realize what he's condemned the dog to if it doesn't get an appropriate home very quickly?

    Geez, get someone to get it out of there, pay, whatever, get it out and then kindly put it down.

  13. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog


    I would adopt a DA dog, but I'd be leery of adopting out a very DA to just anyone.
  14. Atheist

    Atheist Good Dog

    I think anybody who adopts or buys or rescues a pit bull that does not want to deal with a DA dog is a moron. Regardless of whether or not a dog is aggressive when you get it, we all know that when it comes to pit bulls, more likely than not some animal aggression is going to be an issue some time. If you don't want to deal with it, find a different breed.
  15. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    Can't imagine that would bother him as he was going to euth him anyway.
  16. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    Do I think he should have been euthanized for being DA? No
    Do I like the situation he's in? Absolutely not.

    Like others have said, I don't like the idea of putting a dog down for acting like it should be expected to act, but I don't like the idea of this dog going to an unprepared home or languishing in the shelter for months/years.
  17. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    What the hell does he think this is? A Disney movie? :rolleyes: Welcome to reality buddy.
  18. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    Yep, watched "The Fox and the Hound" a few too many times.
  19. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    That movie made me cry.
  20. Tiffany3483

    Tiffany3483 Good Dog

    Me too! I love the Fox and Hound! :)

    I watched Where the Red Fern Grows the new version not too long ago and it makes me cry too! I had to go get my neighbors Redbone hound to watch it with me! Poor LJ now thinks I'm crazy!

    When I was a child, my Dad had recorded a VHS tape off the TV that had Old Yeller, Savage Sam (the sequel), Benji the Hunted, and Babes in Toyland and I freakin wore that tape out watching it over and over and over again!

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