Well my close friend just went through a horrifying experience after her sick cockerspaniel got out a couple weeks ago. He had ear infections and was blind and was a little aggressive..only towards new people. Anyway..some lady across the ally from her spotted her dog roaming around trying to find his way back to her house when instead, she takes him to the SPCA when she knew that it was her dog. Meanwhile, my friend was worried sick about where he was because he couldn't see and he needed his medication. So of course the SPCA calls her about 2 days later (her not even knowing he was there), and they give her a huge lecture about animal cruelty? They then told her to come down to a meeting and explain why her dog wasn't properly cared for, and why he got out..etc. Every dog gets out at some time! Dumb question. The gate just happened to be open and he thought he'd go for a stroll. She even explained how he was on meds and was being cared for in every possible way. She loved him. He was her baby. But I guess it wasn't enough, because they made her sign an agreement that she cannot EVER own a dog ever again unless she gets permission from them first, along with supervision! I thought that was the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard! Which means they would have to monitor her like every week to make sure she's not abusing her dog. But that's not all...they also demanded to put her poor baby to sleep because they figured he was too sick, even though he was getting much better with the meds she had him on. It doesn't make sense. We have been battling this issue together ever since. I've even gotten a few people together to give references and such to the humane society..to try and prove that she is the most loving animal person you could ever meet. We even sent in past pictures of her and her spoiled dog. She is always willing to take in animals that need homes. And they took the love of her life away from her. I just think they're being absolutely ridiculously insane an I think it's wrong!! What do you think? If you were her, how would you feel not being able to ever have a dog again? Do you think they have the right to do it, or am I just being silly? Thanks for any input...
She did check the humane society just hours after he had been gone and he wasn't dropped off by then so they told her they'd contact her if he came in.
About the agreement, they said if she did not chose to sign it, then she would have no opportunity of ever owning a dog. The agreement only stsated that she could have one..but only under strict supervision.
And yes, they put her dog to sleep.
Sad thing is, she never got to say goodbye or see him one last time. It sickens me.
the dog must have been in very bad shape for them to do that. for one, if he was blind, he should have never been wandering outside by himself. and two, he shouldnt have been outside at all if he had bad ear infections.maybe they have had other incidents with this woman before that you dont know about. i find it hard to believe that they would do something like that unless they had proof that she wasnt caring for her pet/pets. there has to be more to it than what you are saying or what you know about it.
I would retain an attorney immediately. Most attorneys will offer a free consultation. If she's got a case (which based on what you've said here, she probably does) then the lawyer should take it on a contingency (meaning he/she wouldn't get paid until your friend won a settlement or judgement and then he/she gets a certain percent of that) so it wouldn't cost anything up front.
If you cannot find an attorney to take the case, you could still file a civil law suit.
Either way, I wouldn't allow anyone to get away with it if they put my pet to sleep without my express permission.
Your friend should not have signed anything at all, but you could argue that she signed it under duress.
My first thought on this story is that something is missing.If the dog was on Meds why didnt the vet just call the spca and explain. Why didnt she call the police when they wouldnt give the dog back. Why would they put it to sleep if they knew she was doing what ever she was doing to get it back. I dont think that if it was my dog they would get away with such a horrible thing, WAS it not wearing tags for the lady across the street to see.
I guess I would need more info. Why was the dog blind? Was the dog groomed and looked well cared for? It seems strange that they would put the dog to sleep over a ear infection. Was the dog treated for the eyes at the vet? If so, I would have gone with a vets statement and bill showing treatment and care for the eyes and ears and picked my dog up. If she was in the right I can't understand why she would ever sign any papers or let them put her dog to sleep. There has to be more to the story and why this happened.
I feel for your friend, but it does sound as though they w/hold her partly responsible for the dog getting out. All dogs dont get out at some time. Once I accidentally left my gate open, & remembered it when I heard a big thug! only to run outside & discover my dog had been hit by a car (that didnt stop, I'm sure they knew because he was a big GSD), unfortunately he didnt make it. I took him to the Emergency Animal Hosp, stayed there until they told me to go home for the night & they'll call me if anything changes, he passed. The worst part was when I went back to pick him up, drove out to my Grandfathers house, dug a big hole, then as I opened the bag to say my final farewell & drop his toys in............They gave me someone else's dog..................I can say definitely this gate thing wont happen again, I have a Chain w/a Padlock, they wont get out by them selves unless they grow wings. Again, sorry for your friend, but it was an accident, we try & learn from our mistakes lest we are prone to get hurt over & over.
What a horrible story. I have to agree, there must be more than we are being told If it is as you say, it is LAWYER TIME, and media time, try for a Saturday when it is a slow news day and they're looking for a story. Yes dogs get out and that just happens. Cockers are notorious for having ear infections, and this and vision problems tell me this was not a young dog. Neighbors that don't get along shouldn't take it out on innocent animals.
The USA is sadly becoming more Socialist, and all these liberal organizations need to MYOB. Pretty soon the animal wackos will make it impossible to enjoy being a pet owner if we have to continually look over our shoulders to be sure we're not "offending" someone. Pooey...I'm all for the proper treatment of animals of all kinds, but these groups go way too far.
I get what you are all saying. I talked to my friend and I've just printed out this thread to take to her since she doesn't have a computer at the moment.
As far as the agreement goes, I cannot tell you how stressed out she was about it. Every time we talk, she's in tears. She's confused..and I just want to help her.
It sounds ridiculous..I've stated so many times, it sounds unreal but it happened. I'm glad to hear that we're not the only ones who find it to be very strange that they would go to great lengths on this. However, I didn't state that we live in Canada. I heard that the humane society up here is far more strict than in the U.S.A? I just don't know...
Just to add..the dogs ear infections were pretty bad and probably got worse when they kept him there, without treatment, so maybe they saw how uncomfortable he was and decided it would be best to put him to sleep. But doing that and not telling her it was time, so she could say goodbye, was the meanest thing anyone could ever do! I bet he was terrified being without her..they were like best friends.
That's great.. I live in Canada too. What you have explained has nothing to do with 'strict animal control'. There is no way one can legally force you to sign anything. But now that it is signed, it may be a harder uphill legal battle to get anything accomplished. The entire story sounds funny.