How Can I Protect My Pets From Becoming Bait Animals?
Offering any pets Free To A Good Home is always a risk, as studies by animal charities have shown that these animals can often fall in to the wrong hands and suffer terribly as a result.
It is better for animals to be re-homed through reputable rescues who do thorough checks of adopters. If this is not possible, then to minimise the risk, do extensive checks on the people who want to take the pets.
People are often not what they seem and will put up a very respectable front and put on a good act in order to pass assessment.
It is best to keep all animals in the house. When they are in the garden, supervise them at all times, as they could be taken in a blink of an eye.
If you must keep animals in your garden, use security measures to make sure they are as safe there as possible. Make sure your garden is secure so nobody can reach or climb over in to it, or enter it, without you letting them.
There have been many cases of rabbits and other pets being taken from hutches in gardens, even when they have been padlocked. The only really secure option is to keep animals inside.
Never leave your dog outside a shop and do not let your dog out of your sight if outside.
If in your garden, make sure walls/fences/gates are high enough so nobody can climb over them. Also make sure there is a lock on the gate. Cats are more difficult, unless they are house cats, as they like to roam freely. Make sure your pets are micro chipped and wear a tag.
There can be happy endings, though, for even the most maimed bait dogs. When Oogy the Pit Bull was a 16 week old puppy, he was used as a bait dog. Half his head, including his er was bitten off and his jaw partially crushed. He was then thrown in to a cage to bleed to death. He was found and rescued after approximately a week. The vet did not know whether he would make it. Amazingly, he did and ended up very happy with a loving family.
Image: Oogy the former bait dog happy in his forever home. Source
This book, “Oogy: A Dog Only A Family Could Love”, tells his story. You can purchase it here.
Synopsis:In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their beloved terminally ill cat to be put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen–one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue–ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life.
Heartwarming and redemptive, OOGY is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds.
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