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Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:28 PM

PLEASE, Is there a no kill shelter for a dog who has bitten someone?

I have a good friend whose dog bit a jogger. The bite did not penetrate the skin. The dog thought it was protecting his family from a person running towards them on his territory. The dog is over protective, but not vicious. The family does not want to put the dog down, but can't keep him. They will travel anywhere to make sure the dog is going to have a decent life.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:29 PM

1. Best Friends in Utah??

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:32 PM

2. They are willing to take him anywhere.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 09:00 PM

11. That was my first thought. Also look up pet sanctuaries.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 6, 2020, 07:40 PM

15. They rehabilitated some of Michael Vick's dogs

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:33 PM

3. Check the local rescue groups, breed-oriented rescues (if applicable)

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:36 PM

4. Some lawyers will take on these cases, but it requires some expert behaviorists coming in to

testify which can be costly. Many lawyers would probably think it beneath him/her, but there are some who are likewise animal lovers who might well take it on. The average judge is going to be reluctant to take a chance, but a case can be made that that scenario may not reflect an "aggressive nor unprovoked" attack (the provocation being the bicycle which can trigger some dogs). It is a tough situation and I am not without empathy. Odds would be increased if there is a shelter--even if not the "official" shelter operating in the area that has experience with rehabilitating dogs such as this and would agree to help. The latter are usually local not-for-profit organizations that specialize in foster rescues.

On edit, I misunderstood you to say the dog was going to be put down by the current shelter. So, ignore much of what I've written in your case.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:37 PM

5. well a leash would help nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:39 PM

6. It was a dog walker who had not leashed him before opening the garage door.

They live on a private road and the dog walker made a mistake.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:41 PM

7. Try this:

http://majesticcaninerescue.squarespace.com/

They say they are one of the few no kill shelters that takes in and works with dogs with aggression issues and bite history.

What a sad situation.

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Response to femmedem (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 08:06 PM

9. They have a 2 year waitlist

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:48 PM

8. They can try at Facebook to find a grassroots no-kill near them through putting in the area + dog

rescue. Many of these groups, however, take only dogs from high-kill shelters and not from individuals. They can also look for what is called cross-posting folks on FB and message or post as allowed about their dog so others will post on their pages.

They can try “ rescue me” online all one word where they can post by location and breed. They can find breed-specific groups too at FB and message and/or post. Some arrange transport,

They should disclose that dog is protective of his people and had one incident if snapping at a jogger running towards or. close to family. If they can afford to they can have their dog tested for temperament/behavior so as to better find the right home and describe the situation.

A few municipal animal care and control shelters do a good job of marketing, but many do not have the resources or are just bad places run badly. Many do behavior tests themselves and if a dog already shelter shocked or at least emotiinall6 stressed snaps or bites, that’s it.

Facebook has a very wide and deep dog welfare and rescue community, though there are some scams. They can try to re-home themselves through something like “next door”, an online neighborhood bulletin, message board that goes by neighborhood throughout the country, They should make full disclosure and charge a rehoming fee of at least 150 dollars, never for free.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 08:47 PM

10. Not sure but Hope For Paws a rescue.org in LA, Ca widely know lots of resources, foster homes

Can find them online. Very compassionate group

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 09:25 PM

12. Maybe hold off doing anything until speaking with the county or city attorney.

It does not sound like your friend's dog is repeat offender or viscous. So, it might be wise to avoid a rush to judgment until they have spoken with the city or county attorney responsible for bringing such a case to district court. Usually the city or county will not seek to have a dog designated a threat or viscous dog for a first time offense, especially if it is more of a correction than bite (quite a few working dogs use a nip to direct livestock or deter certain kinds of behavior). We had a Border Collie that would nip or use a correctional bite on anyone who moved too fast (this included us). Quite often people telegraph the wrong messages around dogs too (they act suspicious or scared - both cues dogs pick up on as problematic).

When I was kid, we had dogs running loose everywhere. They were neighborhood dogs that knew everyone and were typically closely bonded with neighborhood kids and their parents. The only dogs who bit anyone where those dogs that were constantly chained up and never allowed to socialize.

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Response to waterwatcher123 (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 09:48 PM

13. Their homeowners insurance will be cancelled if they keep him

and if there is ever a second incident she would be devastated. She is a person who suffers from anxiety and she would always be afraid someone else would be hurt.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sun Jan 5, 2020, 02:35 AM

14. You can also Google for rescue organizations.

Many are breed specific but there are also ones that will take just about anyone. We are Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owners who somehow managed to end up (temporarily) with a Pit Bull puppy. We googled 'pit bull rescue near me' and found a rescue willing to take him in just a few days.

If the dog isn't a purebred, just google something like 'canine rescue near me'.

Good luck.

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