This a really interesting story out of Freetown, Mass. This is Skippy, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever that came from a Canadian breeder. Thomas Locke adopted Skippy and drove almost 800 miles to pick him up.
Mr. Locke’s daughter Cassandra, and her 1-year-old daughter, have lived with Mr. Locke on and off over the last year. This past October, Skippy bit the child in the face and she had to receive stitches. The police were called and Mr. Locke was ordered to have the dog neutered and he was to keep the dog away from the child.
In December, a 911 call was made by Cassandra Locke, telling police the dog snapped at her child and punctured her right index finger. The police took the dog and he has been on “Death Row” the last 4 months.
This has prompted a massive outcry to “Save Skippy”. They even have a Facebook Page! The Quebec breeder has agreed to take the dog back and was quoted as saying:
“This dog comes from very well-tempered lines and the [mother] of this dog saved my son’s life,’’
There are also reports a worker at the city animal control has also offered to adopt Skippy due to his sweet nature!
I think the answer is pretty clear here…..this is a Golden Retriever for crying out loud! I mean, no dog is perfect but a vicious Golden? Seriously? Dogs are not robots. They don’t behave well without proper training and that is what is lacking here. This dog shouldn’t be euthanized because his owners can’t, or won’t, train and socialize this dog.
Some dogs are afraid of small children. They poke them in the eyes. They pull on their ears. And some dogs don’t tolerate that well. That doesn’t make them bad pets. They just aren’t the “right pet” for that family. As a Foster Family for Last Chance Rescue of San Patricio County, we have seen and analysed dog personalities to see what home is a “good match” for them. I had several dogs that we would not allow to be adopted by a family with small children. Just like a HUMAN, some do well with kids and some DON’T. There is absolutely no reason in the world to euthanize this perfectly good dog. I really hope they do the right thing here……Be sure to visit the “Free Skippy” Facebook Page for ways to HELP!