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Warning on the pictures some of the medical issues these poor animals suffered is graphic :(

 

its heart breaking. I feel like this year there have been lots of mass seizures. I hope it’s because media is reporting it more often or people are recognising and reporting improper care and not that this is happening more frequently :’(

 

this article i think highlights something easily forgotten. The dally that was pts had a happy looking photo post the day before the raid. Maybe it is an older photo or they doctored it up for the best look. Certainly highlights how easy it is to cover up conditions over social media and make it harder for people trying to be responsible. 

 

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https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-20/rspca-seize-animals-storybook-farm-animal-garden-rescue/10922372?pfmredir=sm

 

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The quote from the RSPCA...

 

"Some of these groups receive a lot of money and in a lot of cases, it unfortunately doesn't go directly to the animals," he said.

"It's up to you to really look into that."

 

... pot... kettle... black...

 

That said... the pictures of the animals siezed are extremely confronting... no animal deserves to have that sort of thing going on untreated...

 

T.

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I also find it hard to reconcile in my mind, the good and bad sides to rspca. But this raid, that's them doing the job they are supposed to do. Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals.  If it means rescues like this are exposed I'm all for it. They are destructive to the lives of their animals and don't deserve to call their activities 'rescuing' when so many bust their guts to run ethically.

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This one hits very close to home. The rescue support group I am with (Craft for Paws) gives both items and monies to this group on a regular basis and have done so for a couple of years. There are other connections between group members and the creators of this rescue (dog adoptions and support for disabilities for instance) but they are based in two different states so there are no visits to the sanctuary. This rescue also has quite a high public event attendance with several of their dogs. They post a lot of video footage of their animals on and off the property. There are businesses who have supported them and vet specialists (because of the type of dogs they take on). They are supported by many individuals financially and other rescue support groups. For example the picture of Barry the dalmation (now pts) was on their page only the day before as a thanks for a whole heap of knitted coats and blankets donated from another group (his back end was covered). This rescue also moved from down my way to their current premises only late last year and have been trying to raise money for permanent premises for a while. I also know that the owner collapsed recently and was in hospital so I don't know if this has been going on for a while or whether it has come about due to a lack of physical and mental ability to keep on top of things. They took a disabled dog in only a couple of weeks ago too.

 

The comments on FB from people who have given them their dogs for rehab or lifetime care just break my heart. I will not minimise the photos and what they mean for those poor animals but I am still extremely shocked, as are everyone involved with C4P. We have had some people on the attack for our previous support of this rescue group but honestly no-one had any idea. It's up to the RSPCA now to do their thing. As we have learned over the years there are two sides to every story but the photos of the animals the RSPCA have shown are very far from ok with me.

 

It's getting to the stage that if you want to support a specific rescue group you need to be able to visit their base every 3 to 6 months to make sure what you see is what you are getting. But how much more pressure does that put on busy and reputable rescues? I considered these guys reputable from what I saw and heard. I know I had goods to drop off to this sanctuary and they asked me to drop to their vet instead. I was only disappointed because I wouldn't get to see the animals. But now, as an individual, I am not sure I'll be happy with that arrangement in the future. I don't expect pristine conditions but I do expect a basic level of hygiene and safety for all animals there.

 

Big hole in my gut today for these animals.

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5 hours ago, Powerlegs said:

I also find it hard to reconcile in my mind, the good and bad sides to rspca. But this raid, that's them doing the job they are supposed to do. Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals.  If it means rescues like this are exposed I'm all for it. They are destructive to the lives of their animals and don't deserve to call their activities 'rescuing' when so many bust their guts to run ethically.

I think of it this way - there's thousands of people employed in the RSPCA. Some will be very "good" and some will be very "bad". Most of them are going to be somewhere in between on the gradient trying to do their job alongside whatever their own personal goals through the employment or volunteering with the RSPCA is. Be that helping animals, reducing overpopulation, helping owners or just needing employment etc etc. Their level of experiences and knowledge will vary between physical locations, teams, the types of dogs etc etc. It's not some hivemind where they all think the same thing and act the same way. You'll find people you agree with and others you do not and probably most kind of shrug at it.

 

Overall though I am very glad for their work.  I might not always be pleased, but things like this is what they're there for - not many places can take in so many animals with so many medical issues all at once. And when there's things I don't agree with, I sign the relevant petitions, send an email, fill out the relevant legislative consultation surveys etc. In a way I find them easier to deal with than when rescues / breeders go bad because there are more avenues for reporting things I don't agree with. Unhappy with how a rescue or breeder group acts? If it's not at the big RSPCA level I've no idea where to go to register concerns. Maybe I will come complain here or leave a facebook review but what does that get done? :(  I was at an dogsvic event and I saw someone hit their dog across the face with a lead. Nobody else even blinked. If someone in RSPCA did that to a dog, I know where to go to report it, that I can escalate it, that they will at least talk to someone.  I've no idea where to go in dogsvic for that.

I followed the knitting company that made those coats poor Barry was photographed in. They only went as far as the driveway when dropping them off and didn't see anything alarming. It really does read like a few dogs got the public treatment and the rest have been left to the horrible conditions. I know I would cry if I had been the one to see Barry's injuries in person. How that could be ignored :( That poor knitter is so upset that they didn't realise what was going on but I can't blame them, it looks like the rescue went to a lot of effort to disguise the care failures.

 

I am very glad the rescue I've been helping with lets me pop by randomly. While busy and a bit crowded and chaotic - the bunnies are fed and watered, there's a never-ending rotation of cleaning and exercising, I'm allowed to roam through the whole property. I have general concerns in an "oh they're so busy I wish I could help more" but nothing more than that - they know they have a network of foster carers they can (and have!) to call on when it gets too much. I would hate to have helped rabbits only for them to go into a situation just as bad (or worse for the animals in the article).

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That does not happen overnight... nor in a few days... horrendous!

 

Fly free with the angels sweet Barry... you are in a better place now brave boy... *sob*

 

I've seen some pretty bad stuff over the years I was in rescue... but Barry's photos have reduced me to tears...

 

T.

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1 hour ago, Powerlegs said:

:mad    OMG, those poor animals....I hope this poor excuse for a human being gets jail time, who in their right mind would do that to a dog, let alone all the other poor animals/horses, what is wrong with people?  :cry:

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Storybook farm....

Yeah, right. Horror Stories, going by that story.

RIP Barry and others.....  Now you have no pain.

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There is video footage on the RSPCA's FB page. Speaks far louder about those poor animals than just the photos. So many of them not even getting basic hygiene needs met let alone their special care needs for their conditions. The look of misery on their faces is haunting.

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6 hours ago, Little Gifts said:

There is video footage on the RSPCA's FB page. Speaks far louder about those poor animals than just the photos. So many of them not even getting basic hygiene needs met let alone their special care needs for their conditions. The look of misery on their faces is haunting.

Thinking of Barry and his friends dragging their damaged bits through that filth... how does anyone justify that as "rescue"? How can anyone feel good about rescuing an animal with severe disabilities and keeping them like that?

 

Thinking of the people who surrendered their animals to this "rescue", who now must be so distraught at what they suffered as a consequence.

 

When we took in my Pickles - whose disablity is nowhere near as severe as most of those dogs - we were fully prepared to send her to god if her quality of life was going to be compromised in any way. Sometimes hard decisions need to be made no matter the emotional connection one makes with a disabled animal. When Pickles was ready to be adopted, I ended up keeping her myself, as I was leery of the type of person who may want to adopt her - mainly because once the novelty of having a dog that walks funny wears off, one still has to face the reality that they own a disabled dog that will have lifelong special needs...

 

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4 hours ago, tdierikx said:

Thinking of Barry and his friends dragging their damaged bits through that filth... how does anyone justify that as "rescue"? How can anyone feel good about rescuing an animal with severe disabilities and keeping them like that?

 

Thinking of the people who surrendered their animals to this "rescue", who now must be so distraught at what they suffered as a consequence.

 

When we took in my Pickles - whose disablity is nowhere near as severe as most of those dogs - we were fully prepared to send her to god if her quality of life was going to be compromised in any way. Sometimes hard decisions need to be made no matter the emotional connection one makes with a disabled animal. When Pickles was ready to be adopted, I ended up keeping her myself, as I was leery of the type of person who may want to adopt her - mainly because once the novelty of having a dog that walks funny wears off, one still has to face the reality that they own a disabled dog that will have lifelong special needs...

 

T.

That's how I feel. Under optimum care disabled animals can live a good life. But with even only basic care (let alone less than that) their lives are not worth living.

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There is a special place in Hell for people who allow animals to suffer like that...

 

What is holding me together after seeing the state of the worst ones like Barry, is that hopefully their paralysis meant that they couldn't actually feel what was going on... *sob*

 

Caring for one mildly disabled dog can be hard work at times... how could one small family "rescue" possibly think they could care adequately for so many severely disabled animals? There is NO excuse for not removing faeces and urine, or providing sufficient food and bedding materials... which should have been manageable even with only one person to do it.

 

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Absolutely breaks my heart.

I hadn't seen the video - here's a link to it - there are puppies, a staffie who appears to have lost a leg with no treatment? A poor cockatoo in too small cage with no feathers.

Poor Barry was one to have the worse of it, but the rest are also so very bad. They're all so quiet but I wouldn't wonder if it's silence out of pain and discomfort. It seems to me a lot of them would have very low quality of life, but I do hope there's someone out there who can help them. Even if it is for a long sleep.

 

At least they're out of that hell hole :(

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3 hours ago, Two Best Dogs! said:

Absolutely breaks my heart.

I hadn't seen the video - here's a link to it - there are puppies, a staffie who appears to have lost a leg with no treatment? A poor cockatoo in too small cage with no feathers.

Poor Barry was one to have the worse of it, but the rest are also so very bad. They're all so quiet but I wouldn't wonder if it's silence out of pain and discomfort. It seems to me a lot of them would have very low quality of life, but I do hope there's someone out there who can help them. Even if it is for a long sleep.

 

At least they're out of that hell hole :(

There was no food or water in that cage either. Up here during a heatwave period. I'm confused about those puppies. Hadn't heard them mention they'd taken on a litter or that a recent rescue had whelped. Normally that kind of thing is a feel good story. And that staffy with a dried out stump horrified me. That did not look like it was healing in a healthy and sterile way at all.

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