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UK Woman Wanted to Put Down Dog for Barking at People

UK Woman Wanted to Put Down Dog for Barking at People

UK Woman Wanted to Put Down Dog for Barking at People

UK Woman Wanted to Put Down Dog for Barking at People

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Animal rescue centre, Lucie’s Animal Rescue, intervened to save a two-year-old dog named Markus from euthanasia after his owner wanted to put him down due to excessive barking. Lucie Holmes, who runs the centre, couldn’t immediately take Markus in as the shelter was full. However, two hours later, the owner’s request to euthanise the dog was denied by a local vet. Despite having nine other dogs and 34 kittens in her home, Ms Holmes and her husband Sean welcomed Markus. This incident serves as a reminder for people to think responsibly before getting a pet.

Ms Holmes in an interview with the media stated, “It’s disgusting. I have not been able to sleep much because I am still so angry. Dogs bark. It’s what they do.”

She said, “I told the owner there was absolutely no need for Markus to be euthanised. He needs time and training.”

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Ms Holmes in a lengthy post on Facebook shared about the incident. She wrote, “His owner contacted me to ask me to rehome him, because… ‘He barks at other dogs and people when out so needs rehoming ‘Marcus is a 2-year-old patterdale x Labrador. He had been owned by said owner for… 5 weeks. He’s just settling in, learning his new environment and family, and at only 2 years old he will be rather overwhelmed as well as adjusting to everything new. Barking is how dogs communicate, and express their fears, and also excitement. When I asked his owner what training she had been doing with Marcus to help him overcome his possible nervous behaviour, the answer was ‘he’s had none’. I explained I am full at the moment but I will let her know when I had room to fit him in.”

She added, “2.5 hours later I receive a call from a vet practice. Marcus had been taken to the vet to be EUTHANISED. Put to sleep. To end his life, because his owner could not be bothered to put any time or training into him. Thankfully, the vets refused and called us. They spoke to their behaviourist while they were there, and offered the owner sessions to help Marcus- the owner declined. Killing him was the easy way to end her problem. So, of course, with fear the owner would then just go to another vet and put him to sleep- I made room. I don’t have room, but I’m not having it. Marcus has been with us for less than half an hour. He has sat, and taken a treat very gently. Has met 6 dogs- enjoyed a sniff and his tail hasn’t stopped wagging. He hasn’t barked yet.”

In her post, she also urged people to think carefully before getting a dog, “Too many people are getting pets without any consideration to the time they need to adjust, and expecting them to be ‘perfect companions’ without actually putting anything into them. Take some responsibility and invest time into them, you chose them to be part of your family. Stop destroying them just because you cannot be bothered to help them. It’s not their fault. You are safe Marcus, and loved. You will never be treated so badly again, and that I can promise.”

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