There are three stray dogs in my community that I pretty much adopted about a year ago (female Belgian shepherd, female black lab puppy and some male mongrel puppy). Bear in mind that I’m not a dog lover by any means but I took the shepherd in by request of the previous house owner and thought I could give the puppies a much nicer life than they otherwise would. Anyway, here goes…
a few days ago every single male dog in the neighbourhood took a sudden interest in the black lab (and I’m talking about 15 male dogs). I was assured by a neighbour that she had already been neutered but I don’t entirely trust them so I brought her into my back garden both to avoid her getting eaten alive by all the big male dogs and to stop her getting pregnant. She is definitely in heat and she seems to be bleeding from her doggy bits - is this normal? I’m taking her to the vet later today anyway but I trust the opinion of Stray Dog etc. more than a Taiwanese vet. There are currently five or six big dogs sitting outside my house howling 24/7 which my girlfriend finds very funny.
the Belgian shepherd is deathly afraid of water to the point where she runs away for two days if I even have a water bottle in my hand. Obviously washing her is completely impossible and the last time I managed to get any shampoo on her at all she struggled so much I let her go for fear of hurting her. I even used baby shampoo on the suggestion of a vet friend in the UK but she really is absolutely not having any of it. I’m worried about her scratching her skin off so the same friend suggested that I could buy an animal sedative to knock her out for a bit while I get her cleaned up and issue flea treatment. Any thoughts?
I’ve been told that all these dogs are ‘illegal strays’ but I know nothing about the Taiwanese legalities of dog ownership. Their legal status means next to nothing where I live but I still think it would be nice to get my three registered legally - is this possible, and if so, how?
PS - I never knew this until I brought up my black lab issue with the neighbours but you might be pleased to know that part of our community management fee goes into a general fund that pays for any ‘regular strays’ to be spayed/neutered. One of the guys who lives here regularly takes the new strays to a local vet and given that this is a 100%-Taiwanese-bar-me community I was surprised and impressed. I’m not impressed with the doctor (god help us) who keeps bringing dogs into the community, claims to neuter them himself and then shoves 20 of the things into a cage where they proceed to bark all day and night because they have no room to move. And then make lots of babies because they’re not actually neutered :fume: Okay, make that another question…
- if this guy is claiming to be breeding strays, neutering them himself without a vetinary license and locking them up in tiny cages is their some authority I can go to and have this stopped? (I’m in Taichung). .There are lots of people here who would fully support me if something can be done.