Herald Sun; Elissa Doherty; October 20, 2012
A SMALL fox terrier has been saved after a backflip by the RSPCA, which had claimed she was aggressive.
Snoopy the dog has been saved from death row following a backflip from the RSPCA, who had initially labelled her as being “aggressive”. Source: Supplied
The change of heart came soon after the Herald Sun asked yesterday why the dog’s new owners were told she had to be put down.
Snoop had been facing death for more than a week while a high-powered legal team tried to get her freed, her owners said.
She weighs 3kg and is the size of my forearm, she couldn’t nibble you to death
Aaron Bailey, who adopted her after she was found recently on a roadside, said he had refused to accept that she was vicious.
He said he had been told by the RSCPA that she had failed two behaviour tests as she growled and tried to bite.
“She weighs 3kg and is the size of my forearm, she couldn’t nibble you to death,” he said.
“She’s a beautiful dog and is quite timid.
“She was with my friend for a week with two children under four and didn’t bark or growl once.”
The tale began last month when a friend of the couple found Snoop wandering between Kerang and Serpentine.
Mr Bailey and wife Nora O’Reilly answered the woman’s Facebook call-out to look after Snoopy, who appeared to have been abandoned.
But after taking the dog to the RSPCA to try to track down the owners, Mr Bailey said they were told she had to be euthanised due to aggressive behaviour.
The worried couple engaged a legal team – led by a QC – who worked pro bono to save Snoop.
But Mr Bailey said the RSPCA phoned him yesterday afternoon to say Snoop had passed a behavioural test and would be released to them tomorrow.
“It’s been ridiculous, the fact that we’ve had to get lawyers involved when there’s nothing wrong with the dog,” he said.
In a statement, the RSPCA said the couple should never have been told after Snoopy failed her initial review that she was unlikely to pass another.
Animal shelter manager Allie Jalbert said the senior vet had been confident her initial behaviour concerns would fade, which was confirmed. The dog’s new owners should not have been told of the initial concerns.