Why do people throw away their dogs like garbage?

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Anonymous:
I sometimes volunteer at the local humane society. I have been noticing that quite a lot of dogs that get dropped off have health problems from urinary problems, teeth decay to tumors.
I kinda understand if a person is in poverty and not being able to take care of the dog surrender is a kindness.
But this many dogs? Seems like quite a bit are people who only want a healthy dog and once they get sick bye bye dog.
The humane society tries to cure all the dogs it can. The one with urinary disease problems was cured and placed. The dog with the teeth problems also. Which is good. It tries to be a very low kill shelter - extremely sick or vicious dogs.
If people treat their dogs like this what does it say about how they treat each other or their kids? Sorry hubby you are ill lets take a ride to the nursing home? Sorry son you are ill lets take you to an institution?
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Michael A. Ball:
[nq:1]I sometimes volunteer at the local humane society...[/nq]
First, I thank you for volunteering, but I urge you to balance your emotional response; else, you and the animals will lose. Please, don't burn out.
After seven years of working and/or volunteering at the local shelter, I've learned to expect the unthinkable, but I still get caught off guard sometimes. The thing that boggles my mind is the endless influx of dogs. It looks like we'd have taken in every dog in this tiny county by now and they still come, 800 per month.
I appreciate your concern for ailing dogs that are surrendered, but I fret more over ailing dogs that are just kicked out. The paragraphs below tell about such a dog I met yesterday. Before I go, I'd like to hear about the things you and fellow volunteers do at the human society!

Yesterday, a stray Cocker Spaniel was delivered to the shelter. Hungry, flea infest, scared and fairly aggressive. She sounds like she is wearing horse shoes, because her nails are so long and her feet are so extremely matted. The mats extend about four inches beyond her feet. Each ear has a mat of hair about the size of a grapefruit, and the rest of her body is covered in similar mats.
Because of certain abilities, I am allowed to work on such dogs. All things considered, she was very tolerant for about 40 minutes. Once she was too tired, she tried to bite me countless times, but missed. I couldn't possibly be angry at her, because I know she is hurting physically and emotionally.
Fortunately, the shelter director is a Cocker fan. So, tomorrow, I'm going to see if she would like a hand finishing this dog's coat and nails. It will take a muzzle and/or a sedative. Once her coat is repaired, I'll begin building her trust and self-confidence. As she is now, very dangerous, the public will never see her, but I'm hoping she can be mended enough to be offered for adoption.
It boggles my mind that folks can be so cruel to such a gentle breed. If I find the slightest mat on my dogs, I feel like a failure, and remove the mat ASAP.

When I die, I want to go where dogs go!
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swilliamson1983:
I don't understand it either. We had a 15 year old mixed breed turned in because he didn't get on with the new puppy. He was blind and going deaf and had arthritis. He died a couple of days after being turned in, we'd hoped one of the women working there would take him, she often took elderly dogs. He died before she could meet him. He broke my heart.
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Handsome Jack Morrison:
On 15 Oct 2006 12:25:44 -0700, "swilliamson1983"
[nq:1]We had a 15 year old mixed breed turned in because he didn't get on with the new puppy.[/nq]
Yep, that's the kind of crap that makes me see red, too.

And it happens all the time.

Handsome Jack Morrison
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swilliamson1983:
[nq:2]We had a 15 year old mixed breed turned in because he didn't get on with the new puppy.[/nq]
[nq:1]Yep, that's the kind of crap that makes me see red, too. And it happens all the time. Handsome Jack Morrison[/nq]
I know. I wanted to kill his owners. I hate seeing elderly animals in shelters, very few people want an older dog. I'd have rehomed the puppy if one absolutely had to be rehomed.
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Janet B:
On 15 Oct 2006 14:16:43 -0700, "swilliamson1983"
[nq:1]I hate seeing elderly animals in shelters, very few people want an older dog. I'd have rehomed the puppy if one absolutely had to be rehomed.[/nq]
I would say that a very large percentage of the people who get a puppy and have an older dog, and have issues with them not getting along, choose to dump the older dog. It's sickening, and I've never understood how they could come to that conclusion. Of course, if I ever started to think the way that they do, I'd have something very, very wrong as well.
Breed rescues are often successful at placing seniors, but mixed breed seniors have a very low placement rate.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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swilliamson1983:
[nq:1]I would say that a very large percentage of the people who get a puppy and have an older dog, ... course, if I ever started to think the way that they do, I'd have something very, very wrong as well.[/nq]
I truly can't understand how they can do it. How can you have a dog for years and just dump it like that because it doesn't get on with a new dog? And smile while doing it?? I know some people have valid reasons but a lot don't, the dogs just inconvenient.
[nq:1]Breed rescues are often successful at placing seniors, but mixed breed seniors have a very low placement rate.[/nq]
At ours it seems to depend on the size. Tiny dogs tend to get new homes fairly quickly no matter the age or breed, bigger dogs can be waiting ages. Breed rescue doesn't seem to be a big thing over here. I know there are some but most of the ones I've found contact numbers for are in the south while I'm in the north. I'm sure most people don't even know they exist.
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Janet B:
On 15 Oct 2006 15:33:05 -0700, "swilliamson1983"
[nq:1]At ours it seems to depend on the size. Tiny dogs tend to get new homes fairly quickly no matter the age or breed, bigger dogs can be waiting ages.[/nq]
Yes, that's true here as well. A 10 year old Yorkie will get snatched up in a flash, where a 10 year old lab will be ignored, and most often, not accepted by a lot of shelters.
I can't fathom giving up a dog I had loved for many years, but perhaps that's the issue - the people who do such things don't understand the meaning of love.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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Handsome Jack Morrison:
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[nq:1]I can't fathom giving up a dog I had loved for many years, but perhaps that's the issue - the people who do such things don't understand the meaning of love.[/nq]
I don't think it has to with the meaning of love as much as it has to do with today's "Disposable Society" and some people's lack of personal responsibility.
People throw away their spouses, their children, their friends, so why not just throw away the ol' mutt, too.

Handsome Jack Morrison
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