Monday 29th June: Dilemma and frustration

There are two reasons why I know I won’t be able to sleep tonight, whether or not it’s the dogs that keep me awake.

The large dog was stuffed in this chicken crate

The large dog was stuffed in this chicken crate

 First there is the news that the dog that was found stuffed into a small chicken cage and left on a rubbish dump before being rescued by a passer-by, has been put to sleep by AFCD.  Reason: it’s afraid of people and therefore considered to be unsuitable for re-homing. Now I wonder why the dog was afraid?  Result: no prosecution for the owner who claimed the dog ran away.  Verdict: another b*****d who gets away with cruelty for lack of evidence.

Even worse is the case I mentioned in a previous blog.  At this point I can’t say too much as I want to try and get a prosecution but, once again, without the dogs (now dead), I’m told there’s no evidence to prosecute.  This is a truly horrific case, and today I heard first hand evidence of what went on and how the dogs died.  The image sticks in my mind and I will do anything I can to expose the people who did this.  One of the dogs was adopted from HKDR and it makes me sick to think that we sent this dog to the hell that it endured before what must have been a merciful release.

 Today is the day when I have to take the mother and her nine puppies from AFCD, but when I go to get them there are three extra pups.  They are real babies, two weeks old, and although they have been put with the mother in the hope that they will suckle, she has obviously rejected them.  I can’t say I blame her with nine hungry mouths to feed.  Mother and the twelve pups are wheeled to the vet where all but the tinies are given a puppy vaccination.  As each one is done, I move them into a big cage where I’ve put some cans of special rich, soft food. They tuck in with gusto and it’s good to know that they’re happy to eat so their mother gets a break.

Emily, Lottie and Natalie as youngsters

Emily, Lottie and Natalie as youngsters

 Older sister pups Emily, Lottie and Natalie are evicted from their kennel so we can give the mother, now called Lorna, and her pups a safe space.  Lorna has been uncomplaining, sweet and placid throughout the entire proceedings, and she seems to find her new situation acceptable.  As I put food down she immediately eats, then goes over to her pups and regurgitates the food for them.  I’d forgotten that this is how mother dogs wean their young as it’s been a long time since I’ve had baby pups with the mother.  The three 2-week olds are ignored and already quite weak.  I doubt they’ll survive but with extra food readily available for the older pups, there’s a chance Lorna will allow them to feed.

 The new sharpei girl, Mabel, has been desexed and had the operation to open her eyes properly, and she bounces out of the vet clinic as though nothing has happened.  She’s a very pretty girl (for a sharpei) and has the sweetest nature.  For every new dog I wish them the same, that they will quickly find a new home and won’t have to stay at kennels for long.  Mabel is adorable, but so are many of the others.

It’s such an endless cycle of dogs in and dogs out, with the calls today being about a pair of huskies needing an urgent rescue, and a Neopolitan mastiff with her two (mixed breed) pups abandoned in a carpark.  If this is a real Neopolitan mastiff then I can be sure that it has a long list of inborn problems.  All modern Neopolitans are descended from just one pair, and the result of the subsequent inbreeding is a dog that is born not with a silver spoon in its mouth, but a very large vet bill.  Having just taken the mother and pups in, I ask how urgent is the case and whether the dog can stay somewhere for even just a few days.

 The frustration with the lack of any controls on breeding or adequate punishment for cruelty is often overwhelming.  The ease with which people simply abandon their dogs when they are inconvenient, or grow too big, or have puppies, makes me angry, especially given the almost impossible task of getting any prosecutions.  Lack of evidence is almost always the reason, but who tortures a dog in full public view? Who ties their dog to a tree and drives off when there is a crowd watching?  My mind goes back to the cruelty cases over and over again and I’m determined to do something.

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7 Responses to “Monday 29th June: Dilemma and frustration”

  1. may Says:

    without support fm govt. & general public, it’s almost impossible to give justice to abused animals…HK still has a long way to go in this respect, but i’m glad that you and other animal welfare org. are pushing & trying to move things along.

  2. anon Says:

    Do you realise that there are now too many dogs at the kennel?

    • Sally Says:

      Yes, I think I’d noticed and that’s what I keep telling all the thoughtless and selfish individuals who think that adopting a dog means keeping it for a while and then bringing it back. Like the ***** this morning who called me to say that they were leaving TODAY and “returning” the puppy they adopted 8 months ago. Many of our dogs are returns – or rather, surrenders. What do you think I should do, Anon (too afraid to say your name?)? Kill them? Then why would I be doing this work? What would be the point? I might as well let AFCD kill them in the beginning and have a life for myself.

  3. eu Says:

    It is completely pathetic that the “dog stuffed in cage” was put to sleep. of course it’s afraid of people with what it has been through!

    There is too much of everything in the world, except resources and love.

    Sally, please keep up the good work. A dog re-homed is not only a life saved. Dogs can transform a family to a more loving unit, or make a patient in the hospital smile. Dogs can contribute much to the community, only when we let them.

  4. Mary Kwoh Says:

    That’s why there are quite a number of animal lovers who are willingly to give their effort to rescue stray dogs and cats. Knowing a friend of mine who borrow money from her friend to have a private animal shelter, she rescue dogs and cats on the street or some time people will leave a box of puppies in front of her house. She will even get them out from AFCD, but people will say she is crazy. She is an 60 year old lady who spent all her money and strength on these animal just because for the love of these creatures, is that so wrong? She was just doing what she could and not wanting to see them killed!

  5. Gloria Says:

    We all know there are many dogs at the kennels and it is simply that there are so many people dumping their dogs but less people consider or qualified adopting dogs. It would be helpful if people can spread the idea to other people that ” save a dog, adopt a dog”

    Sally had devoted all her time in ” saving dogs” business and our volunteers have been supporting her in every aspect.

  6. Caroline B Says:

    Anon, there are by definition too many dogs at any dog shelter, because in an ideal world the shelters would all be empty because all dogs in need of a loving home would have one.

    We all share collective responsibility for solving the problem of homeless pets in Hong Kong. Anon, please become part of the solution by adopting or fostering yourself if you have the capacity, or volunteer at the kennels, and in addition, urge the pet owners you know to have their dogs desex, to adopt a pet and never buy one from a pet shop, ask the HK Govt to introduce trap neuter and return rather than catch and kill, and support the fundraising efforts of HK’s animal welfare organisations.

    If you are doing these things already, great, tell us about that and share your constructive suggestions for how to alleviate the problem. But don’t waste your time offering this kind of anonymous criticism.

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