I have a pretty sad story, and I'm looking for any advice or insight from other dog lovers out there now how to deal with this situation.
My brother has - had - three dogs - an older Shepherd/Rottie mix, a Lhasa Apso and a 4-year-old purebred German Shephard. Yesterday afternoon, his two sons came home from work to find that the German Shephard had viciously killed the Lhasa Apso, tearing out his throat and otherwise tearing him apart. The house was covered in blood. They were horrified, to say the least. The landlord heard about what happened, and now he is forcing my brother to get rid of the German Shepherd.
My brother is completely devastated by all of this. First of all, he is heartbroken over losing the Lhasa Apso, and in such a tragic way, but now he is being forced to give up another dog too. He is heartbroken. To make things even worse, the third dog, the older Shephard/Rottie mix, is dying of cancer, so soon he will be left with no dogs at all.
Has anyone ever had to deal with something similar, where one pet killed another pet? If so, how did you cope? Has anyone ever been forced to surrender a dog because of aggressive behavior? If so, do you have any advice you can offer?
It happens. Many breeds are other dog or same sex aggressive.
Animal aggression does not equal human aggression.
I would tell the landlord to get over it and keep the dog. Definitely don't allow it unattended around other dogs again though.
If he does have to rehome the dog make sure the new owners hear what happened. It is a big deal as far as its a horrible thing to have happened but there is no reason the dog can not be rehomed and live a completely normal life.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
A friend of mine had the same experience with a APBT and a cocker spaniel. She was keeping the APBT for her brother while he went on vacation. The dogs had been together since puppyhood and there had never been a problem. She went to the store and found the cocker in shreds when she got home. Her brother didn't get rid of the APBT ,but she never watched it again.I would never trust a dog that had attacked another dog to that extent around other dogs again.This is one of the common reasons we get dogs in rescue. I make sure they are going to a home where there will be no other pets or small children or I keep the dog myself so I know it will be in a controled environment for the rest of its life.