Help y'all!! Rescued GSD issue!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by gritsar, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Just when I thought my day couldn't get any more insane....

    My mail lady just stopped by. She said that she and her DH had taken in an abused, starved GSD female. They don't know a thing about her history, except for they are nearly certain she is full GSD. They have guessed at abuse because of some scars on her body and she cowers and pees when corrected. They say she is very sweet otherwise, but in need of alot of attention and some good groceries.

    Knowing my DH well - her DH and mine grew up and worked together - and knowing our love for GSDs they reached out to us for help. They want to know if we will take her or if DH can find her a home through his connections at work.

    Mail lady said if we don't want to or can't take her, her DH will shoot the dog. While the thought of him doing that breaks my heart and shocks me, I've learned that is a common practice in this area.

    I've worked with abused dogs before. My Charlie Girl, the world's best dog bar none, had been severely abused before I got her. I have no formal training, but I have my heart, my love and understanding of shepherds and all the time in the world to devote.

    My DH and I just had a brainstorming session on the phone. We think we can make it work. The dog would have to go to the vet first thing. In fact, we would probably board her there for a few days while the vet gets her all set on shots and spayed (if she hasn't been already) while we prepare our household. We can house her seperately from our boys (both unnetuered at this point) while we get her used to us and our household. It'll be alot of work, but we think we can make it work.

    What should we do?

    I need to stress, for those that don't live in a truly rural area as we do, that we live in the county and not town, so basically that means we have no animal control. Animal control issues in the county are handled by the deputies. Sometimes that means the offending animal is shot on the spot. The town has an animal shelter but it is staffed by one high school dropout that doesn't know his arse from a hole in the ground. The shelter only takes in animals that he picks up off the streets, IN TOWN. Our local humane society is in the process of closing down and are not taking any more animals. So those two things are not an option in this case.
  2. SallyF

    SallyF Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    I knew you were good people. Your area sounds like mine... we have no shelter, no animal control, and the deputies don't care about animals unless they bite someone and probably not even then. Out in the country, so people dump animals out here all the time. Good luck with the dog and God bless you for caring.
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    What are you waiting for? Set up the vet for a few days board with needed attention, steal a crate back from a broody and get on it. Can't believe you even have to ask!
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:Except that she raises silkies........ [​IMG]
  5. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    Can you approach this as a TEMPORARY foster situation? I know you have your hands full with Jax and Kane. I'm also concerned that adding a female - even a spayed one - to the mix may cause friction between your two boys.

    Whatever you decide, [​IMG] and [​IMG] for your kind heart.
  6. dmiravalle

    dmiravalle Songster

    Dec 23, 2010
    Foresthill, CA
    You can contact the national GSD rescue and see who in your area might be willing to come and get her.
  7. dmiravalle

    dmiravalle Songster

    Dec 23, 2010
    Foresthill, CA
  8. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter Songster

    Nov 4, 2009
    Go for it, you are awesome GSD owners and have rehabbed an abused dog before.
    If anyone can make it work - you have my vote of total confidence.
    My old fellow was a GSD mix who was terribly abused before I got him. He came around so beautifully - people would stop me on the street to introduce their friends to my dog. Not me. Thunder. [​IMG]
    They can come back from so far.
  9. LyonFuzz

    LyonFuzz Songster

    Apr 28, 2008
    South Lyon, Michigan
    I think you should give her a chance. She might surprise you and come around once she is around your 2 well adjusted sheps. I would also research and find a good GSD rescue that could possibly take her in case things didn't work out. They may even be able to post her for you while you "foster" her. At least you can't say that you didn't do all you could for her. Good luck!
  10. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    Quote:Except that she raises silkies........ [​IMG]

    Well, yeah, I agree that is a problem..........................gritty, when the heck did the silkies happen????
    I want you to know I'm horrified!!!

    eta I'm sure you'll do fine if you choose to keep the girl or choose to place her.

    I can't believe you got silkies..................................................
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2011

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