You will be amazed at what you find there.I have learned an awful lot, and I am extremely grateful to Anne and Earnest for contacting me.
Today I had the shock of my life. A very very dear friend of mine, whom I have know for many years, and whose judgement and knowledge i trust implicitly, became another victim of over-jealousness on behalf of an RSPCA inspector. My friend was visited by an RSPCA inspector at her previous address, who told her that her dogs were fine. Well cared for, well fed, Groomed and as there were quite a few dogs, they were happy playing together. However, in temporary accomodation, while they find a bigger place to live, a different RSPCA inspector has insisted that she remove her dogs or he would take them all. When asked why, she was told "because they cant express themselves" What total and utter rubbish. This inspector agreed that my friends dogs were in perfect health, well fed, well cared for, well trained, happy boisterous dogs. just as they should be. But because they cant EXPRESS themselves he wanted to take all her dogs. When asked what cruelty or neglect he saw, he said none, apart for this expressing themsleves business. Now answer me this. If they can take a dog before there are any signs of cruelty, what is there to stop them taking a dog because they like the dog, and want it for themselves? Dont get me wrong. The RSPCA do some wonderful work. but I believe, along with many others, that this new system is open to abuse and individual interpretation.
Now this friend of mine, has been breeding for over 20 years. has wonderful, happy dogs. Know more then most people I know, and loves her dogs to death. She knows her dogs extremely well. Each individual. She knew that it would cause unnecessary stress on her old dogs. Dogs she bred herself, who have never known another owner. The two oldest dogs were near the end of their time anyway, but thanks to this inspector, she has had to have four more of her dogs put to sleep. And these four were not old dogs. they were not puppies, not even juveniles, but they were not old. My friend has broken her heart, and it would not surprise me one little bit to find out my friend has become very ill. In 2 weeks she has lost 13 dogs because of the RSPCA. Or rather, because of this one inspector. I believe that, like the dangerous dog act, this act will have to be modified, and soon. The RSPCA said that cruelty cases have gone up. What they MEAN is that their inspectors are taking more animals then they used to. even fit, healthy happy one, but because the dogs were seized, they count it as a cruelty case.
So, to anyone with any dogs, cats, whatever, please e aware. The RSPCA can now take your dog because you MIGHT neglect them sometime. there doesn't have to be any evidence of cruelty, neglect etc. They can take them for any reason.
As an addendum to this message. Six of my friends dogs have been humanly euthanised. They would not have been able to be-rehomed, so my friend did the very best she could for them. She took them to the veterinarian, She held them and talked to them and comforted them as they were given a lethal injection. She was the first person those dogs saw when they came into this world, and now she was the last person they saw as they left this world. She stayed with each dog as they passed away. Then she held each dog and cried for lives wasted by an over-zealous inspector.She has taken the dogs to be cremated, and their ashes will be returned to her. She has done this with every dog she has owned. All her dogs are with her always. Although I fear this incident may well hasten the reunion of dogs and their beloved mistress. Sleep well beauties. Go and wait at the rainbow bridge.