Huge increases in abandoned Rottweilers
A leading Rottweiler charity has seen a five hundred per cent increase in unwanted dogs over recent weeks.
Jon Swinhoe who runs Zepthedep charity said he has been inundated with calls from people who want to dump their pets and described the situation as ‘dire’. He blamed recent media attention for the problem after a number of negative stories involving Rottweilers. His charity has seen a staggering five hundred percent increase in recent weeks.
‘The amount of calls were are receiving is overwhelming, I’ve even had people texting me asking us to take in there dog. He amazes me how anyone can give up their dog via a text message’, says Jon.
The charity says bad media coverage of the breed is encouraging owners to make snap decisions on pets they have had for years.
‘Dogs are being handed over that have been part of the family for over 5 years, yet suddenly because of bad press, they’re no longr wanted.
‘Whilst what has recently happened to children at the hands of breeds like Rottweilers is an absolute tragedy, I want to remind everyone that any dog is capable of aggression if not trained properly and children should never be left alone with any dog’.
Jon also believes that these tragedies are being used as an excuse for people to rid themselves of unwanted pets.
‘Owners buy puppies, then decide they grow too big for the house or are simply an inconvenince to their busy lives, and so they hand them over to us. The problem is it’s so easy to buy a dog, and in particular obtain one from the wrong hands. Ninety per cent of dogs we receive in rescue are from backyard breeders and puppy farms.
‘The key is education, and the promotion of responsible breeders and responsible owners. I believe it’s down to the government to make training classes compulsory for any new dog owner.
‘It’s a throw away society we live in these days, and sadly that include our dogs’.
Shelley Worth of the Rottweiler Rescue Trust, based in South East England reported that the charity had faced a sudden and high influx of Rottweilers this month.
‘If I tell you that we had 287 brought into rescue in the whole of last year, but have had 68 Rottweilers brought to us in the first half of January this year, you can see how disproportionate this number is, and how many dogs are being given up,’ said Shelley, who runs the rescue with her partner Peter Beach.
Shelley added: ‘Nearly all of the dogs are family pets and it seems that the adults in the families are afraid that the dogs will suddenly attack their children. It’s so sad and all so unnecessary.
‘We will be looking to rehome all of the dogs to new, caring homes with experienced owners. We have a policy of matching the dogs to the owners and their individual circumstances, and we conduct home checks beforehand, along with follow-up visits to make sure the dogs have settled in well.’
A number of other breed rescue organisations and animal rescue centres have reported a noticeable increase in he number of Rottweilers being handed in for similar reasons.