Sunday, January 16, 2011

By Westgate Pool

I'm pretty angry as I write this, so that's never really a good time to 'Blog.'

On my afternoon run in the bright sunshine a little earlier, I stumbled across an unhappy scene at the Westgate boating pool where a drowned Staffordshire Bull Terrier was being recovered by its distraught owner. I helped lift it, collar and lead still attached, into a couple of black rubbish sacks so it could be carried home.

I've reported the incident and its address to both the police and the RSPCA, who said they will investigate the unusual circumstances of the dog's reported escape from the person minding it for the owner yesterday evening and its subsequent suicide; depressed as it may have been by the prospect of being evicted from its home.

Readers will know from my earlier posts that I regard the growing number of undisciplined 'Staffies' and their owners as a real problem in Westgate which at times makes it unsafe for me to walk my own small dog on the beach. A week ago, the record was a pack of five, between two owners, in a loose maul dominating the entire beach. However, I'm still a dog lover and this afternoon's incident only illustrated what I see as a much broader problem as times become harder for people and pets alike! Sadly this afternoon also brings back buried and bitter memories of trying desperately and unsuccessfully to rescue a small girl in almost the same spot one summer's afternoon over thirty years ago!

10 comments:

Michael Child said...

Simon, how can a dog be depressed at the prospect of being evicted?

DrM. said...

Michael
I think the irony of the sentence may be lost on you.

Michael Child said...

That would be it Simon.

Bluenote said...

Interestingly, I read an item over the weekend on Ceefax SE news on this very subject, the increasing numbers of staffordshire bull terriers coming into rescue centres. Even sadder, that six are currently facing being put down as they are proving impossible to place in new homes.

I suppose it is a combination of cost and a change of fashion. Sad!!!

Andrew said...

Whilst on the subject of needless animal slaughter please publicise the following. And no Bluenote, it's not more drivel - it has the Blessed Laura seal of approval

http://www.fishfight.net/

Bluenote said...

Andrew, your link is on the subject of the needless throwing back of fish catches because of EU quotas. This is wasteful from a food view point but whether thrown back dead or put into the food chain, our fishy friends have still been slaughtered I think you will find.

Whilst I support efforts to stop this nonsense whilst still ensuring the preservation of North sea fish stocks, it is a very different issue to the slaughter of pets because the owners no longer want them.

Andrew said...

The important thing is that we take action - as someone once said just sign the bloody thing

Anonymous said...

This is indeed a problem, as a dog owner myself I find it almost a daily occurence to have to try and avoid these dogs and their chav owners.
Unforunately it's not the dogs fault, how can it possibly be ? more its the continued ignorance at the other end of the lead, sort that end out and you no longer have a problem.... this however i think is an impossible task.

Anonymous said...

Michael I believe it was meant to be read, the owner of the dog committed suicide because he was depressed, animals can also suffer with depression.
I think the Government should make a new law, ALL Dogs should be micro chipped. This would save alot of time when one is found and also a persdon to contact when the animal has misbehaved or attacked someone.

DrM. said...

No, the sad irony lies in the potential convenience of the dog committing suicide, given the domestic circumstances described.