a reply to: InTheLight
Okay,having dog groomed for 15 years and having to know how the law works when it comes to pets,here it is:In almost all cases of dog ownership,the
owners rights trumps the dogs,others and even the man on the street. Even if the center had called the police and had them come out,saying to
them,this person is trying to take their dog and we deem it as dangerous.The police according to law,will tell them,that is their right as the owner
and there is nothing you can do about it. When the dog actually does something,we can then intervene. In other words,simply knowing that a dog is
dangerous is not enough,the dog has to actually DO SOMETHING for the law to get involved.Now in a common sense world,we would say,hey,its just too
dangerous,no you can't have your dog,but the law doesn't work that way.
If the owner came and demanded their dog,the center had no choice but to give back the dog. Then when the dog does something,it is on the owner for
not controlling the dog. Now if the owner did indeed sign custody of the dog over to the center,then they could refuse it,or if a court order stated
that the center had ownership of the dog.
Now for the kicker,it varies from state to state,but once the dog has been involved in a 'serious' attack,here in Missouri once authorities are
involved,rabies control then takes auto ownership of the dog,the person that was attacked at that point has final say right then and there with no
court order on the fate of the dog. If they want it put down,rabies control takes it and puts it down,nothing the owner can do about it. We had just
such a case before I quit grooming.
A Chow that was a known aggressive dog was scheduled for me that day,it never showed up,the owner of the shop wanted me to call the dog owners and see
if I could get them in. I told her that if she wanted the money so bad that she would risk her groomers,then she could call them and do the dog
herself. She was not happy with me.Money is always the driving force. But I saw all the warnings on that dog and knew how bad he was. Dog never showed
up,but about 2 pm we get a call from another dog shop in the area asking if we knew the dog, I gave the phone to the shop owner and let her talk to
them. The dog owners had decided they didn't want to pay the handling charges for a mean dog anymore and they would take the dog to another shop and
just not tell them. So a groomer that only had 6 months of experience had the dog and it tore his face off.
As they were loading him up in the ambulance,rabies control was there and asked what he wanted done to the dog,and he said to put it down.The owners
by now were there and said NO. Rabies control told them that they no longer had ANY rights over the dog since they had no control over the meanness of
the dog. And took the dog away and put it down.
It is a shame because someone always gets hurt in these cases and the dog 9 times out of 10 loses its life. Not every dog can be rehabilitated,I have
even heard Caesar Milan say the same thing a trainer I worked with years ago say,out of every 100 dogs you train,you will end up having to recommend
to the owners that 2 of them are just too dangerous to mess with and need to be put down.Dogs just like humans can have mental issues and be dangerous
or mean.Some of them will turn dangerous with little provocation,others need none at all. These dogs there is little hope for. They need to be removed
before they change someones life for the worse.
The main thing is people need to understand that the cute fluffy little darling they get today,could have the potential to grow up and be very
dangerous tomorrow.They NEED to take it to a trainer to help them have control over it. I have known people that were very good with training their
dogs and needed no help at all,but most do.If you plan on getting a larger dog,or one known to have the potential to be dangerous,it is on the owner
to make sure that dog is well socialized and corrected when it does something wrong.