Unusual…..Saving Dogs Slated to Die, “Wrongly Accused”


At first we didn’t quite understand how this worked.

Then after looking at it, according to the site, the first dog saved was a sighthound who killed a puppy in a dog park.  Now in California,  had this happened, and it *wasn’t* a sighthound but was instead one of the following:  APBT, chow chow, mastiff, dogo, dobie, rottie — the dog would have NO chance of being saved.

BUT if it was a standard poodle, Golden retriever, Lab, GSD, Beagle, Collie — the dog would likely be allowed to be saved.

Since the group above  hand selects which dogs they may help save, we assume that it could come with some personal decisions as to the animals since they work only for the animal and not the owner.  While we know that certain dogs slated for being killed are definitely not death row candidates, we do think that most animals who actually harm people unprovoked or  are obvious mental cases [but some AR rescuer insists the dog is perfect]  or have a history of people biting and have failed every program over two years, or have a history of fear biting, aggression, and other bad behavior—- in general, should not be rescued, not be saved, and not be owned by 99.99% of the general population.

We also are of the opinion that in salvaging such animals, regardless of the animal’s background, if such animal “rescued” from death row was to (in the future)– then harm a child, or older person, or any owner– this could lead to distinct liability for the person who chose to have such dog released when it was slated to be killed.  It would seem that even if precautions were taken, such as hiring an expert to assess the temperament, no assessment is ever foolproof nor guaranteed.  Thus any underlying issues simply are not always known nor visible.  That one factor alone sets the bar up pretty high, because when one chooses to select only death row animals, one does know know every circumstance, since that is not possible.

Personally, we would not touch that type of liability with a 100 ft. pole.  Better  to spend time in placing the many animals that don’t even have any issues, that really could make the transition with a good fit in placement.  No guarantees on that either, but far less liability.


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