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How well meaning street dog rescuers end up abusing and mistreating their animals

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CrazyWorldTraveller
5/28/2019 18:56 EST

I've lived in many cities in Brasil from Recife down to Florianopolis and it's the same story everywhere.
People who are initially well meaning and want to help street dogs, don't know what they are getting themselves into.

They feel proud of themselves for saving these wild dogs from 'the street'.
In fact, these are the dogs that bark NON-stop all hours of the day every day - to get out of the JAILS these people put them in.
You don't find domesticated dogs that bark all day for NO reason because know what is the proper thing to do. For a street dog, it's NORMAL to bark at and try to attack anything and everything that goes by.

What these owners end up doing - putting the dogs behind a fence (in jail) for most of their new lives - and they DON'T LIKE IT.
They may be alone most of the day without food and water as their new rescuing owners go about their lives oblivious to how their dogs feel (and how the neighbors have to endure days of barking).
IF someone told you they'd rescue them from a life they had, then mistreated and abused you, you'd want to get out of there too.
If a dog was supremely happy he'd be lying in the front lawn on his back, enjoying the sun.

Another misconception the 'masters' have is that the dog is now their security guard to save them from being robbed.
So, let's imagine they did hire a real security guard and gave him a battery powered siren and he was always walking the proberty triggering the siren all hours of the day and night. What kind of security is that ? NONE.
So if you're expecting the dog to interrupt someone trying to break in or steal something, and he's known for barking ALL day, what would you do ? OF course you would IGNORE IT. So doggy is barking and you're laying on your back watching TV, as someone is entering your garage and taking all your tools. What ? The dog was doing what he always does, BARK. What makes today different ? You ignore it as it's nothing new for this dog, as thieves clean you out !

What is MISSING is respect for what the DOG wants. HE does NOT want to be tied up all day - in jail, with no one around. He's used to paling around with his fellow street dogs and having fun. NOW he's a prisoner in YOUR house.
Opening the front gate would probably have him running for his life.

Another failure of these so called 'rescuers' is that they make NO effort to train these dogs about being civilized or obedient. How hard would it be to take them for a walk every day with a pocket full of treats and actually train them to sit, be quiet, lie down, shake hands ? Their Owners have a slavery mentality.
Until these owners realize they are NOT helping the dog but mistreating him, nothing will change.

Brasil needs strong laws to actually protect these dogs from this kind of ABUSE and to protect the rights of all their neighbors who are subject to barking wild dogs everyday.

In a civilized country they will fine you and put you on notice about all the barking. IF you do nothing they will fine you again and TAKE your animals from you, and you could even go to JAIL.

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