Still no room at anyone's inn for Otis. There's been lots of threads on various forums saying if he's not good with other dogs maybe the best thing is that he is PTS.
Have to say if we start killing dogs that don't like other dogs there'll be carnage. Pretty much most Staffies prefer humans to other dogs.
I've been emailing Em, the lovely caring lady at the pound and I just can't imagine how she sleeps. What a tough job she has. So rewarding when she gets a dog placed but so devastating when she doesn't.
Just strikes me we are in a crisis where rescue is stretched to the limits.
As Em says - why take on a two year old that someone else messed up when you can pick up the free sheets and get a 'pedigree' pup for almost nothing!
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Otis isn't particularly dog aggressive. He is just a typical Staffie albeit a cross. It's an honest appraisal of a dog that is literally on death row - it isn't even a home that is being looked for here - although that would be wonderful - it's a space in a rescue sanctuary. No mock drama. He has so many days and then he will be put to sleep if he isn't claimed by his owner or found somewhere else to go. If he were a Cocker Spaniel that didn't like other dogs or a Chihuahua or even a Great Dane he'd have been snapped up so quick!
And sadly Otis is the tip of an enormous iceberg. Rescue is stuffed full of abandoned young Staffies and Staffie crosses.
Perhaps we need free neutering for all bullbreeds now. Perhaps we need it to be an official breeding ban - with people having to apply for exemptions until the population explosion stops. Did you know that an unneutered Staffie could account to in excess of 60,000 puppies in a relatively small number of years? If all her progeny are bred on from. And the free papers show that so many people are breeding. Don't know how you enforce it - but maybe a tax for owning these types of dog that is small if they're neutered but enormous if they're not?
Got to just be better that killing them. Em at the pound says she will hold Otis when he dies if he has to. He loves and trusts her already after a few days, that's how she feels about all these dogs. That if they have to die it's best if it's in the arms of someone that cares. But I still can't see how she can keep it up - the stress must be enormous.
Thank God for people like Em.