Moral dilemma - sick, aggressive stray dog
Hi all. I live in a rather poor country where animal welfare isnít exactly a priority. There is a glut of stray and abandoned dogs on the streets. I often help financially and physically in cases where a dog is relatively easily adoptable or if a street dog temporarily needs medical attention.
I am currently in a dilemma. I came across a dumped dog of a breed that is known to be rather bite-y. From the start the dog has shown a rather strange temperament. One day he would be very, very friendly to some people, lying on his back soliciting belly rubs but growly and snappy at other people. The next day he would switch favorites. I donít know if he was already sick.
Five days after we found him he got very sick and we couldnít approach him at all. People who were taking care of him took him to the state-run animal clinic. The vets there couldnít give us a diagnosis as the have very little in the way diagnostic tools but they kept him there, pumped him full of antibiotics and anti-inflamatories and brought him back after he seemed to be better.
The poor dog seems to be getting worse again. He is very down, not running, eating very little and growling at almost everyone.
I need help deciding what to do. I can afford to pay for the best private vet care we have. However, even if the vets find out whatís wrong with him and fix it, I am not sure that this dog can either be left out on the street or adopted out because I donít know if he is aggressive by nature or if itís just a simptom of his illness. I will most probably spend a lot of money which could be used to help quite a few more adoptable animals.
What would you do?