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Should one year old dog be put down? NZ

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Should one year old dog be put down? NZ

Should one year old dog be put down? NZ
My mother has stated that, while I was out for the day, my beloved one year old, mixed breed, gorgeous female dog had come home with a dead lamb in her mouth. We live near farmland and she has mastered climbing our fences, no matter how high we build them! and has taken to wandering whenever we are out. It was obvious the lamb was a still born and our dog had not killed it. However after speaking to the vet, my mother has said she must be put to sleep. She claims that now our dog has a '"taste"for the lamb/hunt/kill etc she will continue to do so and may start actual hunting and killing local sheep. I asked if she could be sold then, to a family in town, away from farmland, rather than being put to sleep, she is such a great dog and apparantly the vet has told my mother that it is too late and our gorgeous dog will probably turn to smaller animals locally in town too. What do you think?
Posted: 06/01/2007

Answer: Should one year old dog be put down? NZ
Ummmm ... I'm not to sure about that. Isn't that a bit close minded? Aren't there other options? Like putting a millions bells on her collar to alert potential 'prey'? Maybe looking in to one of the wireless dog fences (when the dog receives a little zap from the collar when they over step the barrier), or maybe she could become a inside dog? One could even construct a dog run (lots of designs on the internet) for when you are not home. Needless to say, no farm life should suffer - although I don't think your dog should be deemed doomed immediately! Have a think about the things suggested. Are they do-able?
Posted: 06/01/2007   

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