11 comments to “Not so Precious; when an ear infection proves fatal”

  1. Jo | February 21, 2013 | Permalink

    Completely unacceptable situation… Precious should have been released to the rescue group who had foster care and medical treatment lined up for her. Being kept in a kennel environment did not allow Precious the time she needed to recover what started off as a minor infection. If it was uncovered that she had a serious medical condition (which at this stage I’m afraid I don’t believe) there are numerous families and foster carers eager to take on and love “special needs” dogs and cats. Precious should have been released to rescue who were waiting on the sidelines for months to meet the needs of this girl, and they went to the ends of earth and back to assure the RSPCA that they would take full responsibility to rehabilitate Precious both medically and training wise, this girl was never given the chance.

  2. Andrea Forbes | February 21, 2013 | Permalink

    Unreal – just read the above – sounds like a “Justification” to me – no sorrow attached and just completely unacceptable and well rehearsed.

    I hope you sleep well at night RSPCA staff – and if you do its because you don’t have a heart – well not one that ticks like normal people.
    You did this dog an injustice cause it was too hard for you to deal with in the 3 months she has been there. You could have surrendered this to a Rescue group that understands Boxers that knows how to deal with her medical issues – but NO you didn’t and this morning at 10am you made sure nobody helped her – I am absolutely disgusted in you and everything you stand for – I will NEVER support you in anything again there are 100’s more Rescue groups out there who will get my hard earned cash cause they don’t kill animals unnecessarily

  3. Naomi | February 21, 2013 | Permalink

    Of course she was showing signs of agression she was stressed in a shelter for 2 months – totally unacceptable. I have dogs that require ongoing treatment I am not going to kill them it is not difficult to manage.

  4. Madonna Dowling | February 21, 2013 | Permalink


    In Australia a person has the basic right to a second opinion if they are not happy with the treatment or diagnosis given by a health professional. Animals do not have that basic right.

    A ruling needs to be made that any animal in a shelter or protection facility be given the basic right of a second opinion from an independent vet when sought by a party outside the shelter/ facility.
    Based on the independent veterinary advice a decision can then be made regarding the animal’s welfare.
    If the independent veterinary advice rules in favour of the shelter/ facility decision then so be it. If the independent vet believes the animal can be rehabilitated the animal then needs to be handed into the care of a professional vet or trainer who is then fully responsible for the animal’s care and rehabilitation.

    Please let the voiceless have a voice.

    ~~~~ To the world they are just one animal but to the animal you may just be the world. ~~~~

  5. Colette Baker | February 21, 2013 | Permalink

    Omg, I get reoccurring ear infections and the pain from it sometimes makes me cranky. I will stay away from you or I might end up copping a green dream. How can you put an animal down because of such a minor thing? Shame on you.

  6. Mel | February 21, 2013 | Permalink

    I’ve been following Precious’ story on Facebook for quite some time and am totally saddened and sickened by the RSPCA’s actions in this case. So many people offered assistance with Precious and not one of those offers of assistance was taken on.
    It comes down to the RSPCA putting money before lives. Poor Precious!

  7. pam holmes | February 21, 2013 | Permalink

    Precious is just another statistic among the thousands of dogs that are killed each year by the NSW RSPCA, dogs who “fail” their temp test and or have medical issues.
    The big difference with Precious was that she had many many people with years of experience and expertise willing and wanting to help her-give her a second chance at life.
    The other issue is that we simply don’t believe what the RSPCA say as they have no accountability at all, no independent source that can be called upon. RIP Precious.

  8. Jenny | February 21, 2013 | Permalink

    Unacceptable and totally disgusted at the lack of care for this senior girl. These so called ‘guardians’ have let this dog down! To leave a dog with these medical complications to survive in a pen for 3 months is tantamount to setting this dog up to fail! Where are your foster carers? Why wasn’t this dog adopted out when she was considered ‘adoptable’? Those making the decisions at this RSPCA have betrayed this Precious girl and she has paid dearly with her life! No ammount of justification in the form of a medical report will convince the public that YOU did the right thing for Precious! You took the easy road…….the lazy option, completely irresponsible and negligent in your role as WELFARE! Wake the hell up RSPCA… it has become quite apparent to me that the RSPCA have lost their way and they will receive NO FINANCIAL support from me and anyone I know.

  9. olivia adams | February 21, 2013 | Permalink

    RSPCA the meaning royal society for protection of animals seems to be forgotten & euthansia has taken over. Precious was old & most likey being in the cold dank kennels contibuted to her ear infection. My question is WHY was she left in the kennels for nearly 3 months WHEN others had offered to foster etc.
    RSPCA you should be ashamed.you need to move with the times people are willing to help & foster these animals but you choose the easy way & kill them you are no better than the lost dogs home in melbourne!!!!!!!!!

  10. Tarsha | February 22, 2013 | Permalink

    POPPYCOCK!!!!!!!!! More lies, tragically it is going on in so many pounds and shelters. Perfectly healthy, treatable, behaviourally saveable dogs and cats being killed yet marked off as killed for aggression or disease. How convenient, after all who checks, are there vet reports with each euthanasia to back up the reasons???………..the lies and spin continue.

  11. Tegan | February 22, 2013 | Permalink

    In other news, ‘Shiloh’ the pitbull, shot multiple times by police in the USA (as her unconscious homeless owner lay in the street and she protected him), now with permanent vision and audiatory problems, is available for adoption. Read more: http://for-the-pits.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/star-shot-by-police-ready-for-adoption.html

    How can ear infections make a dog unsaveable, but not multiple gunshots? The mind boggles.