snopes.com  

Go Back   snopes.com > SLC Central > Hurricane Katrina

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 31 August 2007, 03:05 AM
snopes's Avatar
snopes snopes is offline
 
Join Date: 18 February 2000
Location: California
Posts: 109,660
Dog There's a dog in this hunt

One of the thousands of canines displaced by Hurricane Katrina is caught in a long-distance custody fight between her owner and her rescuer.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,1879061.story
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 31 August 2007, 07:02 PM
DevilBunny's Avatar
DevilBunny DevilBunny is offline
 
Join Date: 20 February 2002
Location: Newbury, UK
Posts: 1,981
Default

Seeing as that web page just crashed my computer twice, I'm guessing my curiosity shall just have to go unfulfilled.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 31 August 2007, 08:57 PM
ovalescent ovalescent is offline
 
Join Date: 21 May 2002
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 915
Default

The original owner didn't spay the dog, but DID get it's ears cropped?

I'm with the rescuer here. Heartworms are tricky to treat, and if the original owner didn't care or know enough to get the dog spayed, then the dog faces a horrible death when it finally succumbs.

But then again, that's just my opinion of the dog's best interests, and might be contrary to US property laws.

Maybe the horrible irresponsible woman can find one of the EIGHT puppies to bring back home. Ugh.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 31 August 2007, 09:28 PM
Morrigan's Avatar
Morrigan Morrigan is offline
 
Join Date: 26 March 2001
Location: Vassar, MI
Posts: 5,459
Default

She might have picked up the heartworm after the hurricane.

And not all owners get their dogs spayed, ovalescent. But she was breeding and selling-if she was, what kind of testing did she get done? (None, from what I'm reading.) I care extremely for my dogs, and neither is neutered or spayed. Don't judge an owner on whether a dog is spayed or not. Judge on the overall care of the dog. That said, in most cases, the dog should go back to the original owner. In this case, I'm not too sure, for the dog's best interest.

Morrigan
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01 September 2007, 03:07 AM
ovalescent ovalescent is offline
 
Join Date: 21 May 2002
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 915
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Morrigan View Post
She might have picked up the heartworm after the hurricane.

And not all owners get their dogs spayed, ovalescent. But she was breeding and selling-if she was, what kind of testing did she get done? (None, from what I'm reading.) I care extremely for my dogs, and neither is neutered or spayed. Don't judge an owner on whether a dog is spayed or not. Judge on the overall care of the dog.
Why aren't either of them neutered or spayed? If you're a responsible breeder that's one thing, but I'd like to know your reasoning otherwise.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01 September 2007, 05:06 AM
landmammal landmammal is offline
 
Join Date: 19 February 2006
Location: California
Posts: 972
Default

I think the original owner's reasoning for not spaying is appalling- "I don't want anyone to spay me."

I wouldn't like being held down and forcibly medicated every month either, but I do it to my dog so she won't get Lyme disease. Dogs don't have the rational capacity that humans do so we have to make decisions for them, and sometimes the decisions are ones the dogs don't like. Does this lady think that a spayed dog lies awake nights yearning for puppies at her teats?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01 September 2007, 05:51 AM
Magdalene Magdalene is offline
 
Join Date: 30 October 2001
Location: Colorado
Posts: 5,705
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by landmammal View Post
I think the original owner's reasoning for not spaying is appalling- "I don't want anyone to spay me."

I wouldn't like being held down and forcibly medicated every month either, but I do it to my dog so she won't get Lyme disease. Dogs don't have the rational capacity that humans do so we have to make decisions for them, and sometimes the decisions are ones the dogs don't like. Does this lady think that a spayed dog lies awake nights yearning for puppies at her teats?
I have to agree. What the original owner fails to understand is that she can choose whether or not to get pregnant, her dog lacks the ability to make any such choices. I'd like to know what wound up happening to those "eight beautiful puppies", to be honest. Not to mention it sounds like Keyes is letting one of her new dogs breed. Since I've seen nothing to suggest she's a licensed breeder, that pretty much tells me she's adding to the pet overpopulation problem and doesn't care. So much for 'loving her babies'.

The heartworm could have happened at any time, so I don't know if the original owner could be held responsible for that one. I think it would depend on if the dog had been receiving heartworm medication--which in that area of the country, would be a year-round thing--or not by the original owners.

I am a lot puzzled by Salk, though. Is she meaning to keep the dog, or not? One minute it sounds as if she was planning to rehome the dog again, the next minute it doesn't. I'm not getting something there.

Magdalene
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01 September 2007, 02:32 PM
Morrigan's Avatar
Morrigan Morrigan is offline
 
Join Date: 26 March 2001
Location: Vassar, MI
Posts: 5,459
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ovalescent View Post
Why aren't either of them neutered or spayed? If you're a responsible breeder that's one thing, but I'd like to know your reasoning otherwise.
I breed, show and train Shetland Sheepdogs (part of a family run Sheltie kennel). The male will never be neutered (by the time he can't breed, he's too old for the surgery to go through safely) but the female will be spayed once she can't breed for her safety.

I'm just saying not to just people based on whether they spay their dogs or not. Personally, I'm all for spaying and neutering. Too many health benefits to ignore.

Morrigan
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01 September 2007, 02:34 PM
Morrigan's Avatar
Morrigan Morrigan is offline
 
Join Date: 26 March 2001
Location: Vassar, MI
Posts: 5,459
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Magdalene View Post
I have to agree. What the original owner fails to understand is that she can choose whether or not to get pregnant, her dog lacks the ability to make any such choices. I'd like to know what wound up happening to those "eight beautiful puppies", to be honest. Not to mention it sounds like Keyes is letting one of her new dogs breed. Since I've seen nothing to suggest she's a licensed breeder, that pretty much tells me she's adding to the pet overpopulation problem and doesn't care. So much for 'loving her babies'.

The heartworm could have happened at any time, so I don't know if the original owner could be held responsible for that one. I think it would depend on if the dog had been receiving heartworm medication--which in that area of the country, would be a year-round thing--or not by the original owners.

I am a lot puzzled by Salk, though. Is she meaning to keep the dog, or not? One minute it sounds as if she was planning to rehome the dog again, the next minute it doesn't. I'm not getting something there.

Magdalene

She doesn't sound like a responsible breeder, at all. Responsible breeders don't breed heat after heat, which is what it sounds like she's doing.

With Salk, it sounded (to me) like at first, she wasn't going to keep her, but she worked out the problems (with the help of a trainer) and isn't going to give her up.

Morrigan
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 02:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.