A couple of years ago, a friend of mine bought a pair of hunting dogs and thought, “Wow, those are really nice looking dogs, aren’t they?”
The owner, who also happens to be a dog breeder, was a bit taken aback by how beautiful they looked.
I thought, why don’t I take a pair home to try?
“Well, they look really good, but they’re not my dogs,” she said.
“They’re just not my breed.”
She went on to explain that I shouldn’t have bought them.
She thought they looked like “some sort of exotic animal” and she thought they should be euthanised.
“You’ve got to have some compassion for your animals,” she explained.
“But it’s important to be honest with yourself.
You can have a pet that is a threat to the public and you can have some empathy.
And if you’re in a position where you can’t give them away, you’re probably not the right person to own them.”
It’s no secret that hunting dogs have a bad reputation in the dog-loving community.
In 2012, a woman from Florida shot and killed her four-year-old Labrador retriever, who was a stray, because the dog was barking in the back yard and attacking people.
She claimed that the dog attacked her after a neighbour called the police.
Another dog, named Lucky, was shot dead by a man after a family called the authorities.
In 2017, a seven-year old girl was killed in Pennsylvania after she was attacked by a pack of dogs that were on her property.
In 2017, the US Senate passed legislation to help end the practice of euthanasia for animals with severe physical or mental disabilities, but the legislation hasn’t been fully enacted and the Department of Agriculture has yet to provide a timeline for when the measure will become law.
However, as the dogs themselves have become a target for criticism, the practice has also become a focus for campaigners in the animal rights movement.
In February 2017, The Independent reported on the plight of a puppy whose owner, a dog handler, was found guilty of euthanising it after the dog had attacked two other dogs on the property.
The owner was sentenced to five years in prison, with the remainder suspended, for animal cruelty, according to the report.
According to the BBC, a petition has already been signed by around 100,000 people, with thousands more signing on to the petition to support animal lovers who are in need of assistance.
One of the petition’s signatories, a young woman named Tara, said: “It’s a really sad situation that happens every day with people with animals.
But there’s also a lot of people who think they’re just doing a good thing for the animals.”
“It’s very hard for me, especially when it comes to dogs, to believe that the people that I see around me are the only people that are caring for the dogs,” Tara added.
“People need to understand that there are people out there that care about animals and want to help them and it’s a hard thing to see.”
TARA said she had no regrets about buying the dogs and believed the dogs should be allowed to roam free and let loose.
“I’ve always been a dog lover, I’ve always wanted to own a dog,” she told the BBC.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the agency “strongly encourages” owners to have “sophisticated discussions” about the welfare of their animals.
“If an animal’s behaviour is inconsistent with its owner’s expectations, the animal may be removed from the animal carer’s care,” she added.