|04-21-2014 11:25 PM|
Can you go to the Canadian Kennel Club with your fist full of documents , reports, professional opinions , and lay a complaint against the breeder . There is an ethics board .
Can you go to the German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada and lay a complaint . They also have a Breeders Code of Ethics .
Both these groups can ban this breeder from participating in shows.
That would put a crimp in their operation.
|04-21-2014 11:07 PM|
I am very, very sorry for both you & your pup. Take time to heal & know that you did all that you could. Sadly, there are dogs that can't be saved. Genetics (from indifferent or bad breeding) has just whammied them beyond fixing.
I won't rush to fault your vet. Dogs are more than property & vets have an ethical obligation to serve them well. It is appropriate to seek more information & look for possible alternatives. S/he may have taken it too far but I personally prefer that to a philosophy which considers animals no more than 'property'. I know of a vet who euthanized healthy dogs & cats when the owners went on vacation over the holidays b/c it was cheaper to replace them than to board them! THAT to me is an unforgivable dereliction of duty. I could never use a vet that regarded animals with such crass 'practicality'. Your vet was possibly misguided, but kudos to him/her for pursuing all possibilities for the patient.
|04-21-2014 09:03 PM|
As for the breeder - all I can do for now is share my story... legally, I don't think I'd ever go through the financial loss of trying to do anything in court. I think it would cost more to hire a lawyer than what she was worth and what I spent on her - plus there isn't really anything I can prove other than what my vet or the behaviourist might be able to say.
This has made me form an opinion of no-kill shelters though - as much as people hate PETA, I think they're right on this - making an animal stay for longer than a predetermined amount of time in anything other than a top notch shelter, especially an animal with special needs (Sam needed special food, we never did sort her GI issues out).
Thanks so much everyone for your support.
|04-17-2014 01:41 AM|
rest in peace little dog .
what a nightmare .
could you PM me the breeder . I want to make very sure that none of my dogs , or those bred by a long time friend in BC , ever go there.
|04-17-2014 01:10 AM|
I was in a similar situation with a Rottweiler bitch more than ten years ago. She was plain unpredictable and afte a couple thousand dollars later with behaviorist we opted to put her down only eight moth old. We had a vet that agreed with us. Still sad but the dog did not need to suffer in the end. It did not help to ease the feeling that something different could/ should have been tried.
|04-07-2014 07:57 PM|
|katieliz||sigh. talk about "do you know where that dog is going?" truthfully, my feeling is any rescue that would accept and take a chance on a dog with these behavior issues is suspect. and i cannot understand how a veterinary clinic can make a decision for any owner regarding euth, without purchasing the dog. an awful situation all the way 'round. rest in peace sam.|
|04-07-2014 07:32 PM|
It sounds like you did everything you could do for the dog. I am sorry that the last month was so awful. I am glad that you managed to rescue your dog from a fate worse than death. Because, if you did not get the dog out of that place, it would have been so much worse, and she would have probably lived like that for months, even years.
Legally, I don't know. I think that if you stick to what your experience was with a breeder, I don't know how you can be slammed with liable -- this means, not saying stuff about how the rescue works with all kinds of dogs from those lines, etc -- that could be heresay.
On the other hand, I don't even know the laws pertaining to this sort of thing in my own country, and I think you should probably consult a lawyer about what steps you can legally take without any negative issues.
It sounds like the breeder has a history of instability it the lines, and is continuing to breed the dogs. In this country, that is perfectly fine. There are no laws that says that you are responsible for the temperament of the pups you produce. Some places have laws about genetic issues and the responsibility of the breeder, but it would be hard to prove genetic weakness is definitely the cause of aggression, and other behavior disorders. So legally, I don't think there is much you can do, especially if the establishment is kept up, and all seems picture perfect.
However, I wonder if you can start a facebook-type group or something like that, a support group for disgruntled owners of a [insert breeder's name] Shepherd. And somehow if you can make a google search for that breeder link to your facebook-type page, then when people google that breeder they will most likely find you.
And the thing is, no one had 100% satisfaction. If you have sold a number of puppies, the chances are you are going to have one or more unhappy people. On topics of paperwork/money etc, people will generally make their decision based on the buyer's viewpoint. And if someone has a criminal background, photos from a humane agency raid, than that is hard to ignore. But when a person's complaint is aggression, in a breed, that is bred with an amount of potential aggression, than too many people are not going to accept that.
However, if you have a community -- if you find other people with a trend of the same problems with their dogs, then potential buyers who find such a site when googling the name, will be much more likely to listen and stay away.
I'm sorry you are in this position. I really don't know if there is anything you can do. I would probably be screaming about the shelter that had a dog for a month or less and turned it into being filthy and emaciated. Perhaps getting local news involved in how your humane society tends to condone such places, etc, my light a match under them.
|04-07-2014 05:28 PM|
|readmeli||I've just read this and I am so sorry to the OP for what she has had to go through in all of this. I do hope something good comes of it in the end. So sad. This could have been any one of us I think.|
|04-05-2014 04:58 PM|
I'm so sorry things turned out the way they did, but you did the best you could for your girl and freed her from her demons. There are some people that may not agree with your decision, but they did not experience her behavior firsthand, so that makes it impossible to judge.
Can you please pm me Sam's breeder?
Very sad situation all the way around, and it's too bad the breeder didn't step up and be responsible enough to take back Sam and possibly work on her serious issues.
|04-05-2014 04:10 PM|
|glowingtoadfly||I'm so sorry you went through that. How horrible!|
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