Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Not that I'm in any place to question a vet, but how does he know that they are severely damaged? Does she limp or act very stiff? Are her joints swollen? They didn't look swollen to me in the pictures you had of her, but I could be wrong. Are her fetlocks dropped? If someone just wants her as a pet or a play buddy (going for walks, maybe a small obstacle course occasionally or something), I wouldn't think that it would be a huge deal unless she had severe artheritis or other significant pain. She likely reared and struck out when he tried to look at her teeth because no one has worked with her before. Sour used to do the exact same thing if you even tried to touch her body from her neck, down! You can't judge an animal's personality if you haven't taught it to respect humans or trust them, IMO.
Its ultimately up to you, obviously, but I'm sorry to hear that he thinks she ought to put her down. It definitely puts you in a hard position.
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