As I’ve mentioned, we sometimes get quarantine dogs in the boarding part of the vet clinic, where I work and take care of them. Normally they’re in there because they’ve bitten someone, and we have to keep an eye on them for ten days to see if they’re rabid or not. I don’t know why they’ve bitten someone, but usually they are super sweet dogs and I feel like they were probably taunted to the point of having no other option in their minds.
Right now we have three: two from the same owner, and then a tiny one from someone else. The tiny one goes home on Thursday, and he’s been just fine and sweet. One of the other two I don’t mess with because he was being super aggressive when first brought in. The vet who’s been feeding and walking him has said he’s been a lot better now though.
The other one has been really sweet though. Every time I come in he gets all excited to see me, and when I’m on the other side of the kennels talking to a different dog he’ll whine a little bit at hearing my voice. I’ve grown quite fond of him! So I was really upset today to hear what may happen to the two of them.
Their quarantine time was up yesterday, and since they were still there at four tonight, I asked the vet what was going on with them. Apparently the owner said they didn’t want them back after he found out it’d be $700 for the quarantine. When they bite someone it’s mandatory for them to go into quarantine, the owner doesn’t have a choice in that matter. They’re both mix-breeds, with some pit-bull in them, although I don’t think they look much like pit-bulls. Because of this, they aren’t allowed within city limits apparently, and that’s where their owner lives.
Since the owner hasn’t been in to get them, and had said he didn’t want them back, chances are pretty high they’ll have to be put down. I was pretty devastated to hear that. I understand it’s a part of working at the vet clinic, and not all the animals can be saved. However, it’s so horrible and sad and ridiculous their owner ever had them in the first place. They could be sweet dogs and go to a great home, but he never worked with them so they can be aggressive, and they can’t go in a home with a child nor with other animals. Had that not been the case, I may have tried to adopt the sweet one. Since we have cats, and don’t have the room, nor the funds, I’m not able to do that unfortunately.
Plus, now when I’m walking and feeding him, I’m just wondering if this is his last day to be alive. When will he go? I just hope he knows that I care about him, and at least I was able to give him some love these past eleven days.
It breaks my hear that there are so many sweet animals in this world who get treated like dirt and then put down for such crazy reasons. If you cannot take care of an animal, do not get one!! And if you have animals and are not raising them to be bred, get them spayed and/or neutered!!