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"Pay or Suffer"

The article written below is a compilation of  items written in the dog press and from the Web site of Zep The Dep Rottweiler Rescue. It is written with full consent of the rescue organisation and it makes one just wonder where compassion has gone in society.  As I perused  this article it became abundantly clear that this Rottweiler suffered needlessly because of a series of events including incompetance,total apathy and sadly it seems a culture which suggests that money is more important than easing suffering. What an indictment for those so called caring societies who failed this dog miserably.
E.Nicol. 01-04-09

 

"A young Rottweiler bitch has been released to Zep the Dep Rottweiler Rescue after spending eleven days with a broken leg at a veterinary surgery in Leeds. Faith as she has been called was delivered to the Abbey Veterinary Surgery by R.S.P.C.A. officials who claimed she had been in a road traffic accident, (rta), with a suspected broken leg on the   16/02/09
But this little girl, Faith, never got the proper treatment she needed by the officials who were responsible for her. For 4 days all she was given was pain relief  ,no x-rays were taken ,  Faith was picked up and taken to the vets  with a suspected fracture , as noted on the S.D.R,   yet  the authority responsible would not fund the an x-ray and  the person/department  responsible for this young dog seems to have just cast  Faith aside like rubbish and wanted her to be destroyed rather than let young Faith get the treatment she needed and deserved .
We at Z.R.R were contacted on the 20/02/09 by a very concerned insider, and a member of the public ,who was concerned enough about Faiths condition and lack of treatment by the Authorities responsible for this young dog to see if we could help . We immediately offered to pay for x-rays and any subsequent treatment  Faith would require.
THIS
WAS REFUSED BY THE OFFICIAL IN CHARGE OF THIS CASE AND FAITH WAS LEFT TO WHAT WE CONSIDER TO SUFFER AND JUST RECEIVED THE BARE MINIMUM OF PAIN KILLER TO COPE WITH HER PAIN AND SUFFERING .
After a few frantic phone calls and threats to expose the lack of treatment and lack of duty of care under the animal welfare act   for this dog  found on the street injured, it was agreed that Faith after serving her 7 days as a stray dog would come to us here  at  zepthedep rottweiler rescue , but this is where another strange twist came into play by the Authority in charge of  this dog. Although  Faith was picked up @ 7.10pm on the 16/02/09 and the correct paper work filled out they  would only agree to Faith coming to us  if her 7 days started on the 20/02/09 a full 4 days after she was picked up. This meant Faith would have to suffer for 11 day in all before we could get to her and get the treatment and x-rays she needed . Faith is now safe here with us here in the rescue where upon receiving her she was seen by our vets the same day and arrangement were made for x-rays  to be taken which confirmed she had in fact suffered a fracture and she got the treatment she should have received  some 11 days previous . You may ask why we haven’t mentioned this until now 28/02/09 to me its simple we needed to get this dog safe and I personally feel if we had pushed any more at the time Faith would not be with us and would have been destroyed .
 We have been given all the relevant documentation to prove the facts of what has been written

Although Faith is now safe with the ZRR  we are questioning the actions of the RSPCA who caught Faith and delivered her to the Abbey Veterinary Surgery, the Abbey Veterinary Surgery and Leeds City Council as it appears nobody was prepared to pay for or take responsibility for Faith and ensure she received much needed treatment. The Animal Welfare Act was put in place to protect animals, and part of the act requires that “In this Act, references to a person responsible for an animal are to a person responsible for an animal whether on a permanent or temporary basis” and goes on to say under clause 4  Unnecessary suffering
 

AND MY QUESTION IS THIS WHAT PART OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE BILL DO THE AUTHORITIES  WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE   NOT UNDERSTAND


The ZRR believe that the people responsible for Faith prior to her being handed over to ZRR have broken these sections of the Animal Welfare Act, as while in their care not only was Faith denied treatment for her fractured leg but it was recorded on the dogs day to day hospitalisation records that on the 20th February when she knocked her leg she was left to “scream in pain ++++ non weight bearing after” the plus signs used to indicate the seriousness of the screams, copies of these documents are now with Our Dogs. The records were handed over with Faith from the Abbey Veterinary Surgery, when she was collected by the ZRR and taken for treatment at their own regular veterinary surgery.
Z.R.R. are taking legal action over Faith’s treatment.  Leeds City Council was contacted and a spokeswoman for L.C.C. said: "There are currently potential legal proceedings concerning this incident and we are therefore unable to comment any further until these have been resolved."
Well it seems Faith is not the only rottweiler to fall foul of this council , it looks like they now want all rottweilers banned , they have infact gone as far as to ban them from being kept in their housing stock .
This is an extract from their housing policy under   "what type of animals are not allowed"  they name four which are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act which prohibits four types of dog: 

the Pit Bull Terrier
the Japanese tosa
the Dogo Argentino
the Fila Brasileiro

but then go on to include 
"DOGS OF OTHER BREEDS SUCH AS ROTTWEILERS  " which to my knowledge are not on any official banned list or under the Dangerous Dogs Act. 
 
This  from a council who in their own paper work tell you not to socialise a dog  ,  and issue licences to pet shops to sell puppies from puppy  farms, that include rottweiler pups,  i.m.o. this council needs to rethink its policies on animal welfare ,as it looks to me like they are willing to allow rottweilers to be sold in their city  as long as  the council makes money on them by collecting rates on the premises they are sold from  , but they don't want you or I to keep them as pets . TALK ABOUT DOUBLE STANDARDS .
but there again IN REALITY WHAT DOES THIS COUNCIL  CARE  ABOUT  ANIMAL WELFARE OR ANIMAL RIGHTS.
 

Jon
re-homing co-ordinator
Zepthedep Rottweiler Rescue
Registered Charity nbr 1119487
Tel . 01246 436718
07867 680538