I’m a big supporter of the RSPCA, and have great respect for the work they do. However, I am becoming a little tired of the hypocritical statements constantly issued by Michael Linke.
The recent story about Lucky the Bomb dog, missing in Afganistan, contained the following statement
“The RSPCA has delivered a sharp rebuke to the ACT Government for intentionally putting Lucky into harm’s way.
RSPCA ACT chief executive officer Michael Linke said it was ”totally inappropriate” for a pound to be releasing dogs into an environment where they could be hurt or killed.
”We would hope that the pound and the Government immediately review its policy on this, and bring it into line with the RSPCA policy,” Mr Linke said.
”We won’t home dogs into police combat situations, or military combat situations or bomb detector [roles]. We don’t believe that governments and pounds should be doing that either.”
The RSPCA ACT homepage contains this statement
“A world where all animals have the best chance at finding a home or being returned to the wild where they belong. At RSPCA ACT, we live this dream every day. Every companion animal is given a chance at finding a home. Every native animal is given a chance to be returned to the wild.
Our ability to find homes for companion animals is unparalleled. Nine out of ten dogs go to a home and eight out of ten domestic cats go to a home. We have received international acclaim for our ground breaking work with companion animals.”
Mr Linke regularly touts that they have the best stats in Australia and they never euthanise an animal that doesn’t fail a temperament test.
Have you ever wondered how they maintain these statistics?
A quick look at the Domestic Animals Service website will quickly reveal how the RSPCA keep their euthanasia stats so low. They transfer the dogs they haven’t been able to rehome to DAS. These aren’t dogs that have failed a temperament test (in which case RSPCA would euthanise them). These are dogs that have just been sitting around for too long, costing the RSPCA money in food and care.
A look today shows that 7 out of the 39 dogs on the DAS website were transferred from the RSPCA. According to the stats provided above 9 out of 10 dogs go to a home.
According to the comment made by Mr Linke above, it is inappropriate to rehome an animal into a situation where it may be injured or rehomed.
DAS only keeps dogs for 7 days Mr Linke, and then they euthanise them. By transferring them to DAS, you are intentionally placing them at much greater risk of death than rehoming a dog to the armed services. I fail to see how you are giving them every chance at finding a home when you have willingly sentenced them to a certain death.
I would love to see a true reflection of your annual statistics, that shows how many dogs you actually rehomed, how many you transferred to DAS and of those that were transferred to DAS, how many of them were euthanised. Until you put those figures into your annual report, your statistics are seriously flawed.
For the record, on 3rd September, Yard 10, yard 36, yard 27, yard 2, yard 6, yard 16 and yard 25 at DAS are all currently occupied by dogs that have been transferred from the RSPCA, since the 23rd of August. That’s 7 dogs in 12 days.
These numbers are not unusual. Any given day will show a number of dogs transferred from the RSPCA.