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post #1 of 11 Old 06-28-2018, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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Have him PTS.

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Have him PTS.
Ugh.
I know.

Thank you for your advice.
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Ugh.
I know.

Thank you for your advice.
You pretty much said it all in your previous post. " spend a lot of money which could be used to help quite a few more adoptable animals. " Use the money to help several more healthy, happy individuals to find good homes. This poor guy sounds like he's miserable and being PTS would be a kindness.

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Agreed. As hard as it is, sounds like heís hurting.
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You pretty much said it all in your previous post. " spend a lot of money which could be used to help quite a few more adoptable animals. " Use the money to help several more healthy, happy individuals to find good homes. This poor guy sounds like he's miserable and being PTS would be a kindness.
Rationally, I agree fully.

Itís just emotionally difficult to make that decision.

And vets around here arenít too keen on putting animals down until all avenues have been exhausted - which is rather strange for a country with so much suffering in the animal population. We have no-kill laws and the vet could find himself in hot water over something like this.

The pounds are filled to the brim with dogs just like this one living in awful conditions but they arenít allowed to let them go humanely and with dignity.

(This is what happens when you blindly implement EU laws without respecting the reality of your country. Iím not even sure this is an EU law, or we just got carried away with trying to be ďcivilizedĒ)
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Agreed. As hard as it is, sounds like heís hurting.
He very much is, poor baby.

Thank you.
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That makes it really hard if the vets are reluctant to help you by doing what clearly needs to be done to put this poor animal out of suffering. Maybe you could suggest to vet that it appears the dog at some time got into some poison and now has neurological problems, which happened to a friend of mines dog after it got poison. About 4 years later it went aggressive towards owner, almost as if it were rabid. Really scary to see happen, but the vet said that poisoning can do damage to the brain.


Would sure love to have you be able to take care of this unfortunate situation without so much cost and put your funds towards animals that deserve to be someone's loving pet. Hope it can work out.
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That makes it really hard if the vets are reluctant to help you by doing what clearly needs to be done to put this poor animal out of suffering. Maybe you could suggest to vet that it appears the dog at some time got into some poison and now has neurological problems, which happened to a friend of mines dog after it got poison. About 4 years later it went aggressive towards owner, almost as if it were rabid. Really scary to see happen, but the vet said that poisoning can do damage to the brain.


Would sure love to have you be able to take care of this unfortunate situation without so much cost and put your funds towards animals that deserve to be someone's loving pet. Hope it can work out.

That actually isnít far fetched at all. I didnít even think in that direction but we do have a lot of people putting poison out for stray animals - also a function of the state not working properly, Iím afraid.

Thank you.
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For a dog like his there are worse things in life than death.
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