Here's a bit of background:I was made aware of a dog recently that bit someone. The bite was severe - the guy had to go to hospital and get stitches to his face. He was unable to eat solids for a few days and was on pain meds for a week.
When the guy went to hospital but he didn't tell them what happened so the bite went unrecorded. The dog was unofficially quarantined. While the dog was in quarantine, no one was willing to take on the logistics for this dog, so I did. We began looking at the dog's options.
We couldn't leave the dog where it was because the handler would be that same guy who was bitten. Normal foster homes are not able to deal with this sort of behaviour. I already have one foster at home and try to limit to one at a time (at least until I've finished building my kennels).
What to do? We didn't want to euthanize (I believe the fault lay with the handler not the dog), so we contacted breed rescue.
Luck! They were willing to take the dog even though they knew he bit someone. Too bad they treated me like I was a complete moron. Was it because I was sending the dog through rescue? Get off your high-horse ... aren't we supposed to be in this together? Stop looking down your nose at me and open your eyes to the real world - if you take this one, I can take the one you won't.
After all sorts of craziness (and 5+ weeks of crap), I finally took the dog to meet their foster home (they wouldn't even come get the dog so I had to drive 1.5 hours to deliver ... WTF?!). When speaking with the guy, I found out that the breed rescue had neglected to tell him that the dog bit someone!
For shame. Breed Rescue, you FAIL
This is exactly why people don't foster. If you can't even be honest with your foster homes ... well, that's just wrong. Prep your own people and protect them. Asshat.
It has nothing to do with whether or not the bite was the dog's fault. It has to do with keeping your people safe. If you lie to them, why would they ever trust you and why should they continue to foster dogs for you?
If you thought that was bad ... wait till I tell you the rest!!The rescue had asked that I arrange neuter and vaccinations, so I did. They didn't set any guidelines. They were supposed to pay the bill. They were upset that the cost was so high and complained loudly - not my fault, we pay a vet clinic ... what the heck am I supposed to do about it? They refused to pay and asked to speak with the clinic directly. Ok, fine.
I was not supposed to let the dog go without taking money to cover the vet bills - which I explained to my contact with the breed rescue - but I let the dog go anyway because I felt guilty that the foster home had rented a car to meet me. Bad idea ... I will never again do this. If I have to pay for that bill I will be so spitting mad ... I don't think I would be able to contain myself.
I found out the rescue advertised him well before they even had him ... I hear they've already adopted him to someone ... Do the adopters know he has bitten and sent someone to hospital?
That was some impressively fast turnaround ... they didn't even train him or work him, in any way, shape, or form. They just took him and turned him around at a profit. Not to mention that I have been on the phone all bloody week trying to get the money out of them - what a waste of my time. I do work a full time job ... this is simply my volunteer gig. Asshat. Now I have to waste my break time and lunch time to deal with your sorryass?
Holy Crap, I could have done the same thing in our own area and we would have required him to take training with a local trainer. Did they bother with any restrictions like that in the adoption contract? I don't know.
If I had known they would have done this, I would NEVER have sent him to said rescue.
Don't expect me to send another dog through this breed rescue. I will deal with the dog myself even if I have to board the dog out of my own pocket while it waits for space in my home. I have spent the last 5 weeks now working with these people and it was supposed to be a simple surrender! Not to mention that if I have to pay for the vet bills (which I could have got at a cheaper price with my own vet on my own account) it will cost more than the difference for boarding would have!!
That is absolutely disgusting and it makes me sick. If that dog bites someone and it is euthanized ... I don't know if I could be more furious than I am right now, but I bet it's possible. Try me.