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I'm qualified but no one listens to me so should i report them? - June 7th 2012, 09:42 PM

Im now qualified in the care of animals and 99% of my friends have pets so when i'm with them they ask me questions, why is their dog scratching so much, why is their cat being sick etc.

I'm not a vet, im not qualified to be a vet nor do i pretend to be but i try to give as much advice as i can, recently my friend and i were housesitting for a friend who has 2 adult cats, 2 horses, 1 kitten and 3 dogs and 1 puppy but we only had to look after two, a pug and a jack russell cross breed.

Anyhoo, the cross breed attacks the pug and literally tears chunks out it for no reason then goes back to normal, a very unpredictable dog, they pick up the pug by the scruff of the neck which you don't do for a dog with protuding eyes as they will eventually fall out of the sockets, they have air freshener and cleaner which contains phenols in it which attract cats and when the cats lick it they will be poisoned and die.
They hit the dogs when they're "bad", the pug has never been taken for a walk in it's life (im not kidding, they let it use the back yard where they keep their horses), they don't clean out the cats litter tray which i had to disinfect because the smell was so putrid.

I pointed out those problems as they're harmful to the animals, i wasn't smug or rude about it because if i did act that way then they definetley wouldn't listen to me but they didn't care they said "Well they seem happy and we've lived here for a year and all the animals are fine". I'm annoyed, i have the qualifications, i've been taught by vets, farm owners, vet nurses but no one listens to me, my friend who asks me questions nearly every day about animals even said im fabricating a few things.

They won't listen to me, they have far too many animals, their house is filthy, the pug is getting the shit kicked out of it, the cross breed could turn on that kitten at any moment and if they lick that air freshener the cats are fucked.

Do i report them after they refused my help and if i do they will know it's me. Help! I live for animals and i am an animal activist and believe in animal rights.


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Re: I'm qualified but no one listens to me so should i report them? - June 7th 2012, 10:39 PM

Personally, if I were in your position, I would report them. I wouldn't want to be friends with someone who didn't take care of their pets (and not just fail to take care of a few things, but to actually put their lives in danger). Yes, your friend will probably put two-and-two together, but it seems you're very distraught about the animals, so do whatever will ease your conscience and what you believe is the moral/right thing to do in this situation.





   
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Re: I'm qualified but no one listens to me so should i report them? - June 8th 2012, 02:08 AM

I mean, it is one thing if a friend disagrees on, I dunno, what is the best type of dog food for her golden retriever. You might know a really good kind, but at the end of the day, that's up to her. I don't think it is a big deal if a friend doubts you on something that is not harmful.

But in this case, yeah, you should report it, the animals don't deserve to be treated like that. I can't stand it when I see people improperly treating their animals, and I think that the problem is that animals won't always be in any noticeable pain or discomfort over it, so sometimes it is just that the owners are blind and ignorant to their own behaviour. I am not saying it is acceptable, and I think that it sounds like these people have some rage issues where they probably see animals as being lesser beings and some how that equates to not needing to treat them the same way as a human.

I have always thought if you can't treat someone who is lesser than you (I can't think of a better word but please read: children, your students, your employees, animals etc) with the same respect you expect for yourself that you need to work on yourself. I am not trying to excuse their behaviour, but you should try to understand all the possibilities for why they would dismiss you're claims about their mistreatment and the other dogs unpredictable behaviour.

Anyhow, so you should report it. The animals will hopefully be removed, and if the people are allowed to get more pets hopefully they will be told to become more educated on proper care, treatment and training methods.

The problem you have to consider here (and please don't take this as the deterrent to reporting... you still should) is that the unpredictably aggressive dog will probably be at risk for being put down. The local pound/spca/humane society might assess the dog and then try to home the dog in a no-other-pets home if the dogs behaviour can be reasoned and worked on/figured out and deemed that the dog won't get aggressive with a human. However, if the dogs unpredictable behaviour is considered an unfixable risk they might have to euthanize it. I don't agree with it necessarily, but you should make sure that you find out if that dog can go somewhere where it won't be at risk for euthanasia over one bad behaviour, make sure they'll send it to a no-other-pet home so that won't be on your conscious
   
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