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Can you provide a loving home for a Siberian Husky to save it`s life?


Lisa O`Brien
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I know it`s a bizarre request,but time is running out for this lovely dog. He has been the pet of a friend of mine for over a year. She says he is friendly,and great with kids,but being a Husky is very territorial. Near where Naomi lives are lots of Travellers. They walk past Naomi`s house everyday where her dog is in the garden,with their own dogs and absolutely torment and goad the Husky. It has been going on for months. They literally will walk past Naomi`s gate with their dogs over ten times a day to get the dog to react. Well now it has. It has been provoked and on Friday bit another dog. Now the woman isn`t pressing charges or anything,but the local authority are coming to have the dog destroyed,unless my friend can find a more suitable home for it,preferably without neighbours from hell antagonising it. I realise she lives in Northern Ireland and that`s probably a bit too far for some or most of you to travel to acquire a dog. But Naomi is desperate the dog goes to a loving home. She doesn`t want to advertise it on one of these dog forums or in the local paper,as she is afraid of the dog being used for dog fights and she would be heartbroken to think of her lovely dog ending up in the hands of people like that. But nor can she bear the thought of her beautiful dog being put to sleep through no fault of his own. I know it`s a long shot,but if anyone reading this thinks they may be able to help save this dog`s life,could they please contact me on this forum ASAP? Many thanks for reading this,Lisa.

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Unfortunately, I can't offer the dog a home either. As Janet says, I am also surprised the authorities have intervened as they are not usually interested in dog on dog attacks, even if it results in severe injury or death. It is hard enough to get them to take action when a person is injured, as I know from experience when myself and my dog were attacked earlier this year, by two dogs belonging to but not under the control of a local woman. 

The whole episode was extremely unpleasant and I sustained deep bite injuries to my arms and legs. All the while, she just stood there saying, "Oh, they're only playing". Okay then.

I persisted in getting some action taken against her, mostly because of the thought of it happening again to someone less able to defend themselves. I know of several people who have witnessed their dog being attacked and nothing is done about it. 

This poor Husky sounds as though it has suffered months of misery, being in a situation where it is teased and tormented. I can understand why your friend is worried about where the dog might end up.Of course she must do everything she can to make sure it goes to a good home. Having the dog destroyed seems very extreme in the circumstances. There must be rescue places in the area. I have looked on the internet and can find at least two, one of which is a specialist Husky rescue. I will pm you with the names.

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Oh dear, that sounds terrible.  I am very sorry, I can't give any dog a home, unfortunately.

 

Is the traveller's dog being put down as well?  After all, it takes two dogs to have a dog fight.

Sorry, but this is really silly comment, Fonty. For sure an aggressive dog (and unfortunately there are many, mostly for owners fault) is enough to have a dog fight and many innocuous dogs have been killed in those fights.

I ask myself if the husky has been neutralized, being so aggressive, before causing irreparable damages.

Probably he needs to be reeducated before being adopted by another family.

I’m sympathetic with the dog, much less with who lost the control of him.

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If I read the post correctly, Annamicro, the husky was being deliberately provoked on its own territory.  Any dog placed in that situation will eventually retaliate,   It is trying to protect its own pack. 

 

Having had problems myself with "travellers" dogs, I can tell you that many of those animals are used like weapons by their owners, to intimidate or frighten the locals.  I am astonished that the authorities would side with one dog owner against another, to the extent of deciding that one animal must be killed.   Particularly under the circumstances described.

 

And If you think I am being silly, I would appreciate it if you could keep your thoughts to yourself.  I often find some of the comments on this forum annoying, but I don't feel the need to put the poster down. 

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We don't really know which the situation is, if the authority decided to put down a dog, they must have known something with don't know. And for sure we know very very little. That said, I'm totally against the kill of the animal.

 

Having had dogs bitten by no reasons by aggressive dogs and knowing dogs that have even been killed, I found you comment extremely inadequate and offensive to my sensitivity. I don't think you are silly but that your comment was and the second even more, but I will keep this for myself.

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Well I`ve great news. Due to the amount of publicity garnered on Naomi`s Facebook page [she was the Leader of 2 Slimming World groups so lots of people know her],someone has come forward and is able to offer the dog a home. Naomi explained to this woman all about Huskies being territorial etc,and this woman is more than happy to take him on. A close friend of Naomi`s personally knows this other woman so can vouch that he will be going to a good family and will be loved and well looked after. Thank you all for your help and comments.

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Just found out from Naomi why the Husky charity in Northern Ireland wouldn`t take him. It is because he has bitten another animal. They said their insurance wouldn`t allow them to take an animal who was known to have bitten in case it bit another animal again or a child.

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I'm glad that the dog has found a good home. However, I'm probably going to annoy dog lovers on this forum by asking whether huskies make suitable pets. I'm not a dog lover and know little about dogs but I thought that huskies were working dogs that thrived outdoors in a cold climate and needed a lot of exercise. Am I wrong about this? 

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Aileen, you are right.  Not just huskies, but any working breed dog needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.  All dogs are pack animals though, so it is wrong to leave one on its own for any length of time.  The RSPCA recomments 4 hours maximum.  We have two collie crosses (rescue dogs) who are delightful, but do need lots of walks. At home they play together like puppies.  We sometimes cross paths with a group of three huskies and the two sets of dogs, after weeks of initial suspicion, are now good friends.  Their owner is very "on the ball" and will put them back on the lead if there are any doubts about a situation.  However, there are many, many dogs around who have absolutely no "social skills" with other dogs.  They are a nuisance and desperately need dog training/socialisation classes.

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Let's be fair on dogs: a lot of people (adults and children) have no social skills either!

True, but people tend not jump up at you and leave muddy pawprints down your front, nip your fingers, bark hysterically at you for ten minutes even though they've known you for years, attack your handbag, demand that you share your food, or leap up on your lap and try and lick your face the minute you sit down - at least I hope not! ;)

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