I was whtching animal cops detroit and Saw this great dane cross who was very good except one problem. he was food aggressive. That finding alone sealed the dogs fate and the dog was put down. I was appalled...training and dog aggression rehabilitation has come milestones in the last ten years are so. techniques that are easily employed are just overlooked. you think being Michagians Humane Society that would be hip to these rehabilitative techniques and at the bare minium at least try them! Humanely euthanised? more pre-ture decision to me!
I agree. I am tired of hearing the words "humanely euthanized" on those shows. Dead is dead as far as I am concerned! If an animal is in pain and there are absolutely no alternatives - then be humane and put it down. However, just because it doesn't act like a perfect pet, that is no reason to kill it.
As I understand it from watching the show, a dog merely being food aggressive would have been worked with over a period of time, not euthanized as soon as they realized there was a problem. The show presents it that they try to get the dogs past problems like that.. at least I know the NY show does. While food aggression may not seem like a big deal to you, I disagree. When getting within 5 or 10 feet of a dog provokes a grow and possibly even an attack, that's a problem. Especially with a dog the size of a dane. What if the dog tries to bite you when you put the food down? Is that safe? Not to mention many Humane societies are overwhelmed with trying to place dogs in homes at all, much less ones with possibly dangerous behavioral problems. I guess it's a sad form of 'triage'. The ones that are most likely to get adopted out because they have the fewest behavior problems are the ones that live and aren't euthanized.
I agree with Minniyar. It would be wonderful to have the money and resources to save and rehabilitate all of them, but its just not possible. They have to take the best of the best, so the dog doesn't wind up back in the shelter. Unfortunately, that leaves the ones with problems to be put down. Its sad.
minniyar was that message you got from my post. food aggresion=not a big deal. maybe my emphisis should have been more on how the dog never even got a chance and was put down. the dog was not worked with. it was tested and put down. and this is not a matter of money or resources. a leash, a collar and about 1 hour. are the assets that were needed.
The Detroit show is much different than the New York show. The NY people do try to work with the dogs to give them a chance, but the Detroit people don't. And many of the cases of food aggression aren't when someone comes within five or ten feet of the food. Sometimes the dog doesn't react until someone takes away the food for the third time in a row or smacks the dog in the head with a rubber hand, and the dog starts with a snarl but doesn't bite until it has given three or four warnings. My dog, McKeever, would have been put down by the Detroit people had she ended up in their shelter. Luckily, she ended up with me. I worked with her for a few minutes a day for a couple of weeks, and the problem evaporated.
What makes me so mad is that I live in Michigan and I went to the humane Society once and tried to adopt a dog and it looked to be between 6 and 8 weeks old. It was an apbt and they said no way we dont adopt out apbt no matter how big or small they are all euthinized. I argued and said the most rude things to those people but thats still there rules even though they claim to be a NO KILL shelter. In all the news papers here they put no kill shelter and ask for donations but they are a kill all apbt shelter if you ask me. I hate the Humane Society and will never do anything to help them and I also encourage other people to donate to a different shelter which gives all animals a fair chance.
Me too- they don't even try to do a temperment evaluation on pit bulls that have been used for fighting! Some are tiny puppies only 2 months old and extremely friendly! It's so mean! They are jsut as bad a pit bull trolls! Isn't the point of animal cops detroit to try and SAVE the animals? Not take them and put them to sleep unless they are totally unable to be adopted? The ASPCA nearest to me "Animal precint" does EVERYTHING to help the ANIMALS, not jsut catch the criminals or put the animal to sleep!
luvmypits- i had heard the same thing, i was watching this weekend. the show said b/c dog fighting is such a problem in detroit, it is their poilcy not to adopt out any pit bulls, they are all euthanized. even puppies. so if a pit is seized, regardless of circumstances, that's it for the dog. not a very humane society. gunny- i have seen that too- a plastic hand, the dog snaps, and then '...had to be humanelyy euthanized...' if you go sticking a fork into my food, you are likely to get stabbed (by me) with my fork. and especially animals that have had to fend for themselves, or hoard food. it doesn't seem very fair. they get rescued, vetted, takend care of, life is great...then the plascic hand seals their fate.
I dont know that sounds very weird, I've seen several who were food aggressive and they always said that its "normal" considering the dogs past situation or that food aggression is something we can work with. Even if that wasn't true, did you ever think it takes time and funds to keep/train dogs and not all shelters have this so they put down any dog exhibiting negatives and keep the ones believed to be "the most adoptable". If people would quit dumping pets and byb them this wouldn't be a problem. There isn't enough homes for all the dogs in the country to have a home, even with multi dog owners. What are we to do with them all, its a big dilemma. What do we do when dogs out number us 9 to 1?? I'm not saying put them to sleep and the one on TV don't do like these shelter who are kill shelters or in a situation where they don't have time, money and workers. The humane society and ASPCA have donations, funds, workers including volunteer workers and I've never seen them put a dog to sleep just for food aggression. This is strange.
I think I saw the same episode. The dog was named Atlas and they found him with a tow chain inbedded 2" into his neck. After spending 3 weeks to heal him they had to put him down for the food aggression. He was a super friendly dog other than that. His food agression was rather severe if I recall. With the rubber hand they measured how deep and how many bites were inflicted on it. He just didn't nip at the hand, he literally mangled it. He was so deprived of human contact and probably had his owners just throw him some scraps once in awhile. Also he was in so much pain from dragging around a 15 lb or more chain by his neck that had actually grown into his neck. I thought putting him down was a pretty rash decision. I realize his chances of having someone willing to work with him were slim and the H.S. resources are limited in keeping him and working with him are slim. The worst part about it was, they couldn't even prosecute anyone because nobody would confess to who owned the dog. I don't know why they just didn't go after everyone who lived in that house regardless. If it were drugs being sold out of the house, I'm sure everyone living there would have been charged. I just think animal cruelity cases need to be more severe. Quit treating them as a misdemeanor offense. A slap on the wrist, some community service, a small fine, and maybe, just maybe a couple of days in jail. These people will just keep on being animal abusers.
I do remember that episode as well. That dog was extraordinarily food aggressive. I'd think that during the 3 weeks of getting him back up to full health they'd have also worked on the food aggression issue in the mean time as well. but him rippiing into the plastic hand the way the dog did.. .. Most dogs that are food aggressive just lower their heads and growl, maybe snap. This went way beyond that. Oh and actually Truepits, there's not that many dogs in the US. There's not even that many dogs/cats total in the US. There's only an estimated 65 million dogs owned dogs in the US. 3-4 million dogs/cats are adopted out every year, and about 5 million (give or take) will be euthanized. So all together, even generous estimate gives the total dog population, even if I add some feral dogs (of which there's far fewer feral dogs than there are feral cats) at 80 million dogs. There's more than 300 million people in the US.
They put down all the pits because most of them come from fighting lines. Also they dont want to adopt them out because people would lie and use the for fighting. I dont like the way they test for food aggression because it is just setting the dog up to fail. They whack the dog in the head with the damn hand. I stopped watching those shows because it makes me sad to watch. I know if i hadnt eaten for days and someone tried to take my food away i would bite them to.
I avoid these shows when I can because they are like that.. I like the NY one, but not Detroit. Houston is pretty good as well. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
I only watch Animal Precinct because it's very Pit Bull freindly.My dh always asks why I watch those shows.I think it's to remind myself how many abused animals are in the real world,and to make sure you take care of your own a little more.I wish I could help them all,in reality you know you can't.