Diesel: From Death Row to Certified Search & Rescue Dog

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“I love a good rescue story & this is one of the best. Had these good people not stepped in, Diesel would have been looking down from Rainbow Bridge! I wonder if whoever sent him to the pound, bought him as a family pet for very small children; then realised he was a bit too boisterous for them to handle. Whatever the story, I’m so happy this beautiful dog has found his true calling in life.”

“But it just goes to show how many decent, good dogs do get sent to death row, through no real fault of their own. Perhaps if their owners just spent a little more time picking the right breed for their family & found time to train their dogs properly, instead of just letting them find their own way; they wouldn’t end up being so misjudged. Kudos to the Missouri German Shepherd rescue group & Monroe City SAR, for giving this dog his life back!”

He was on death’s doorstep last January, one week away from being euthanized due to having been labeled an “aggressive dog” by the Missouri German Shepherd Rescue.  

His name was Koda, and he was believed to be unfit to be in public.  Then Monroe City Search and Rescue stepped in and rescued the 3 year old, and nothing has been the same since.

On January 13th, Koda was picked up and brought to the home of Monroe City SAR  and within days was displaying his agility and intelligence.  He was so enthusiastic that his name was immediately changed to Diesel.  He has never looked back.  Lead K-9 Handler Rich Enochs used tennis balls as rewards and nothing could make Diesel happier.  He adjusted very quickly to life at SAR and got along well with the other dogs, so much so it was hard to believe that what they were initially told about Diesel’s behavior was true.

Monroe City K9 Search & Rescue is a Non-Profit 100% volunteer based organization dedicated to finding the missing, lost and injured.  SAR K9s are trained to find living victims that m may be trapped, injured or lost.  ”Find” is the most important word they know.

SAR dogs are trained to follow a scent in different terrain and weather conditions and to identify the victim from other scents. Their skills are sharpened through regular training sessions and by handlers with daily training at home and in the field, and their training is ongoing and time intensive.

It’s as if Diesel was born to be a SAR dog.  He has become a True SAR K9, visits with the Mentally Handicapped, is “Best Buds” with the Lead Handler’s 2yr old grandson and has become family with the other SAR K9s and,  on October 9th Diesel passed his certification testing.

He is certainly enjoying his new role and being the benefactor of the love and attention he deserves, and Monroe City Search and Rescue made all this possible by believing in him.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/10/diesel-from-deaths-row-to-certified-search-and-rescue-dog/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

 

 

B.C. pit-bull owners rally in Vancouver to protect breed

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VANCOUVER, B.C. : SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 — The Pit Bull Awareness walk begins, September 30th, at Vancouver‘s Science World.

Pit-bull owners spent Sunday showing off their prized pooches near Science World in Vancouver.

With the growing debate about breed-specific legislation, the pit-bull owners wanted the public to judge for themselves whether they deserve to be banned.

Kim Walters, 30, was at the awareness walk with her four-year-old pit bull Bruce.

She got Bruce as a rescue dog from Ontario, where pit bulls are banned under legislation enacted in 2005. In Ontario, it’s illegal to breed or bring them into the province even for a short visit. Pit bulls born before 2005 must be sterilized, muzzled and kept on leashes.

Walters said her dog has a great disposition and has never bitten or attacked anyone, and isn’t the least bit aggressive when around other people or dogs.

She feels the issue comes down to the owners. Walters also feels the owners of pit bulls who are responsible for their pets have been wrongly maligned.

“Pit-bull owners are not gangsters and drug dealers and we don’t need to be treated as such,” she said.

Walters feels Bruce is a perfect example of a dog that needed to be given another chance.

“I think of all the dogs like Bruce who are put down,” she said of the type of legislation in Ontario that can be a death sentence for a pit bull.

Ann Cooper helped organize the walk and said the group is worried about legislation similar to what’s in Ontario being enacted in B.C.

”We are speaking out about breed-specific legislation in Ontario, “ she said. “We feel there are alternatives such as strict enforcement on dogs that haven’t been trained or managed properly.

“We are having the walk to educate people on pit bulls — they are fantastic family dogs.”

Rob Hogan has a pit bull named Squeeze that is 14 months old and he’s had him since he was a pup.

“This dog is beautiful, he loves to cuddle,” he said. “It is all about how the dog is brought up.”

A number of recent pit-bull attacks on children have renewed calls for a pit-bull ban in B.C.

In White Rock, four-year-old Emma-Leigh Cranford had her throat ripped out by a dog belonging to a friend of the family. The young girl survived, with 40 stitches across her jaw after two hours of surgery at B.C. Children’s Hospital.

A few days later, a three-year-old Kelowna boy received 32 stitches in his face after he reached down to pet a pit bull.

The B.C. SPCA has said a pit-bull ban wouldn’t work.

News Link:-http://www.theprovince.com/news/bull+owners+rally+Vancouver+protect+breed/7322716/story.html

 

 

3 dogs killed by police after attacking mom, son

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After the three pit bulls attacked a woman and her son, police intended to corral the dogs, but were unable to do so because they were acting aggressively, police say.

 NEWPORT BEACHOfficers shot and killed three dogs that attacked and bit a mother and her son early Friday morning, authorities said.When an officer with the Newport Police Department responded to a report about the attack, the three dogs advanced toward the officer, officials said. The officer retreated into his car.

All three dogs began aggressively attacking the police vehicle,” according to a statement released by the Newport Beach Police Department.

The officer asked for backup and Animal Control officials were also called to Marriot Newport Coast Villas, where the dogs had been seen running on the golf course in a pack.

The woman and her son were guests at the hotel, police said.

Police officials said they made the decision to shoot and kill the dogs in the interest of public safety.

Officers were first called to Newport Coast and East Coast Highway after receiving reports that two people were bitten by the dogs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Newport Police Department or Animal Control at 949-622-2608.

Read more:-http://www.ocregister.com/news/dogs-358010-police-department.html

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