All Gods Creatures - who I assume is either a volunteer or an employee at the Dartmouth SPCA - left a comment on my post "More Dead Celtic Pet Dog(s) at the Dartmouth SPCA" this afternoon:
For you simple minded people leaving comments about the quote, let's see... 2 of the dogs had bitten staff on several occasions(drawing blood) and grabbed a lady's purse missing her arm. They were a danger, and none of them had homes lined up so I don't know where you are getting YOUR info from. It was either that or living a life as a "deamed dangerous" dog, having to always be inside or when out side have a encolsed fence that they couldn't escape from when walking would have to have a muzzle or some sort to ensure no one gets bit! Is that the life you want for those dogs???
I find the quote to be very interesting - with #1 being that they would contemplate the idea of a fierce and dangerous dog. That that idea would enter into their vocabulary.
There are many reasons why a dog could act aggressively in a shelter environment that in the real world - his forever home once he leave a shelter - that he would NOT be aggressive. Once that dog had a chance to be rehabilated - or even had some obedience training - he wouldn't be aggressive anymore - or at least his urges would be controlled by his owner and he wouldn't be a threat to the public. What kind of temperament tests did these animals have before they were killed? Who did them? What kind of qualifications did they have? How many times were they done? Under what conditions?
I actually adopted a dog from the Dartmouth SPCA that had been deemed "unadoptable" and was going to be killed because the shelter manager at the time "didn't like the look in his eye" and she figured he was going to be aggressive because of the previous life that he'd obviously had. He did turn out to be dog aggressive - but guess what? Problems like that can be MANAGED. He had another FOUR YEARS of a wonderful life in a forever home that loved him to bits in Berwick Nova Scotia. His name was Philip/Brodie and if you search this blog you'll find out more about him and he's living proof that just because a dog presents himself one way in a shelter environment doesn't mean he's going to be that way on the outside.
so "All God's Creatures" - you can perhaps understand why I'm a bit skeptical about why dogs are being killed at your shelter. I've seen what can happen when dogs are NOT killed. They become wonderful, loving soulful creatures - just like any other normal dog when given a chance. No dog is perfect. Every dog should be given that chance.
I'm not saying that every dog can be saved - I'm just saying that every dog should be given the best chance they can - unless they are absolutely horribly aggressive and have failed every temperament test by a trained professional in every circumstance and are absolutely incorrigible - then they should NOT be killed.