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Found – dogs. My dilemma.

By MsCheeky - 23 January 2012 21

It was a dark and stormy night on Friday, and on my way home through a less salubrious part of Queanbeyan, I came across two dogs wandering in the road.  I pulled over and the dogs came to me willingly.  They had no collars and were in a precarious position, so I took them home.  They stank like a garbage dump, so I gave them both a bath.  They are shih tzu, and obviously related, as they’re near identical, except the female is much smaller.  To say their condition was disgusting is no exaggeration.  The female in particular had matted fur over her entire body.  I cut the hair away from their eyes, then spent hours and hours cutting the matted fur from the female.  It was so bad, that her front legs were partly fused to her chest by the matting.  They are both very placid dogs, and she was content to lay still for long periods of time while I worked on her.  They also both have extremely overgrown nails.  They are not, however, underfed.

So I went into a local vet the next morning, and yes, they’re microchipped.  My options as explained by the vet were a couple.  First, I could leave them there and they would contact the owners who could collect them.  If the owners didn’t wish to do so, the vet would then surrender them to the Queanbeyan Pound.  Otherwise, I could surrender them myself.

I took them home again while I ponder what to do.  I don’t wish to keep them, but I am loathe to surrender them in the expectation that they’ll be returned to owners that for whatever reason don’t have the capacity to properly care for them.  The very poor condition of the dogs didn’t come about in a short period of time.  It was months if not more of neglect of grooming.

My thinking at this point is to surrender them to the RSPCA in Canberra in the hope that if they are returned to the owners, they will have the opportunity to try to educate the owners. 

But I ask myself – what would Rioters do?

What’s Your opinion?


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21 Responses to
Found – dogs. My dilemma.
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bywongqueen 11:57 am
23 Jan 12
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Good on you for taking these dogs in and looking after them – you are to be congratulated.
My suggestion would be to contact ACT Rescue and Foster (ARF) group- http://www.fosterdogs.org/ – and get some advice from them about what to do next. They may be genuinely lost and a long way from home or they may simply have escaped due to neglect. I’m sure they will help you to decide what to do next.

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HHR 12:06 pm
23 Jan 12
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First of all, good on you for stopping and picking up the little hairballs! It sounds like they were extremely fortunate to have you come along! What a wonderful thing you did for them.

I would definitely call the RSPCA and ask for their advice at the very least. It does sound like they have been neglected, The RSPCA would be in a position to do something about this, more so than the Queanbeyan Council. They would be able to issue notices to the owners, and keep an eye on them. I think they can take further action if the neglect continues.

As someone who has previously found such a neglected dog (a Border Collie in my case, whose owner did not want him back) I can tell you that it is well worth the reward to keep such an unfortunate creature. If you are in the position to keep even one should the situation arise, I really recommend it!

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dvaey 12:07 pm
23 Jan 12
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bywongqueen said :

My suggestion would be to contact ACT Rescue and Foster (ARF) group- http://www.fosterdogs.org/ – and get some advice from them about what to do next.

While they may do great work, my experience with one staff member was that some dogs are worth rescuing and others arent worth it. IMHO all dogs of all histories should be treated equal, hopefully this staff member was just one bad apple of the bunch though.

One option may be that you can leave your contact details with the vet, have them contact the owners and pass on your details. That way you know personally that the dogs treatment will be handled appropriately, since you seem responsible in this situation.

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dungfungus 12:07 pm
23 Jan 12
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bywongqueen said :

Good on you for taking these dogs in and looking after them – you are to be congratulated.
My suggestion would be to contact ACT Rescue and Foster (ARF) group- http://www.fosterdogs.org/ – and get some advice from them about what to do next. They may be genuinely lost and a long way from home or they may simply have escaped due to neglect. I’m sure they will help you to decide what to do next.

+1

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Linke 12:10 pm
23 Jan 12
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RSPCA ACT would be your best bet, 6287 8100. If the dogs have suffered as a result of neglect then RSPCA inspectors can talk to the owners as they are authorised under the animal welfare act to do so.

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Black_Arrow 12:23 pm
23 Jan 12
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This tale made me cry at work. It breaks my heart to think of all the little animals who suffer neglect. I love my little dog so much and she lives like a queen, so this was particularly upsetting. Did you actually get the address of the owner? I’d drive by and look to see if it’s a derelict place. Maybe unfortunately they’re owned by elderly people who cannot give them the care they need. Who knows. I’d be tempted to keep them myself, but the fact that they’re microchipped means that someone cared enough about them once. I would generally agree with the other comments and say, talk to the RSPCA. My grandparents once had someone call the RSPCA on them for suspected neglect, even though it WASN’T the case. The point being, an inspector came out and talked with my grandparents and checked the dog and gave them information and advice on pet ownership. Grandparents were completely devastated, but at least it shows that there is follow up by RSPCA.

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Thoroughly Smashed 1:08 pm
23 Jan 12
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Did you take photos of them before you cleaned them up? Might help the RSPCA to see what condition they were in.

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EvanJames 1:32 pm
23 Jan 12
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First of all, GOOD ON YOU. Kudos for stopping and doing something, rather than driving on hoping someone else would.

And what a horrible dilemma.

I guess I agree with the idea of ACT RSPCA. RSPCA has some powers to enforce animal welfare, they have legal standing. They are your best bet of having “something done” although I imagine doubts about that will bother you, it would me too.

They sound like lovely dogs, letting a stranger do all that to them.

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HenryBG 1:54 pm
23 Jan 12
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Black_Arrow said :

This tale made me cry at work. It breaks my heart to think of all the little animals who suffer neglect.

Yes, first-world problems bring a tear to the eye, don’t they?

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maniac 2:50 pm
23 Jan 12
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You definitely need to let the RSPCA follow this up. The dogs might be stolen and neglected by the thieves, so the real owners must be found. Make sure to take photos of the whole process of cleaning the dogs up as evidence.

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Jivrashia 3:00 pm
23 Jan 12
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dvaey said :

one staff member was that some dogs are worth rescuing and others arent worth it.

Of course, all dogs should be given the same opportunity to determine if they can be re-homed. But some do fail the ultimate test – to see if they pose a risk to humans.

Now, as much as I like furry little creatures as the next person, I wouldn’t want to walk the street knowing there is something that is willing to attack me. Much less live in the same house.

And so these dogs are put down, like any ‘wild’ dog.

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mr_spoon 3:16 pm
23 Jan 12
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HenryBG said :

Yes, first-world problems bring a tear to the eye, don’t they?

That you’re lucky enough to live in a first world society is no reason not to show/feel some compassion – even to small dogs.

Or is it that you are neglected as well and just need a hug?

MsCheeky – I am proud to share my first world with you.

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Henry82 3:30 pm
23 Jan 12
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Do you bath and give haircuts to homeless people too?

Just take it to the pound, mention it was neglected and you’ve looked after it.

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Thumper 4:15 pm
23 Jan 12
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Good on you MsCheeky.

A little compassion in this world is always a good thing.

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NoImRight 4:48 pm
23 Jan 12
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HenryBG said :

Black_Arrow said :

This tale made me cry at work. It breaks my heart to think of all the little animals who suffer neglect.

Yes, first-world problems bring a tear to the eye, don’t they?

You mean like your drug of choice crusade and the Nazis/Communists keeping you down? Cause thats a real issue..

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