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Repost from the Cyprus forum.

How very very sad :frown:

Hi all,

I know its been mentioned briefly on here but thought I would forward this on from our friends in Paphos that have very sadly lost their 3 beloved dogs.

Please sign the petition as this needs to be stopped !!!


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Today I have woken up with mission in mind, please share or copy and post my status with all your friends around the world and let's see if we can get some justice maybe an e petition or if anyone else has any other ideas?
On Monday eve between 9.30-11pm a mindless individual murdered our 3 beautiful dogs Nero 4yr German shepherd, Poppy 2yr beagle x and Zeus 1yr beagle x German shepherd he was one of the puppies from Nero and poppy, this sick individual deliberately threw poison meat into OUR garden, we know it was between these times because we put the dogs indoors, when we let them out at approx 11.45 they went straight into the garden within 30 seconds Nero was convulsing and foaming at the mouth, I got the poison kit but by the time I had the injection ready poppy & Zeus were doing the same, by husband injected them all while I called our vet, he told me to get them to his ASAP, Nero, poppy wer put in the car but tragically Zeus had passed, our vet lives 5 mins from us he was waiting outside for us with his syringes ready, he looked at poppy and injected her she passed moments later Nero was still convulsing, he had several injections but after a further 5 mins our vet said he wasn't going to make it and the time had come for us to say goodbye, we called the police they came straight out spoke to us and the vet, it was not lanate that was used, the vet said there is a new poison being brought in from the north called fola it horrendous stuff he said that even if we had got to him within 3 mins our poor babies couldn't be saved!!!! We had to take our babies home in the car, we laid them in the garden, and covered them over, sitting in the garden trying to comprehend what had happened, we sat there all night, at 4 am we buried them all together cuddling with their toys in our garden it took ll the strength we had and holding each other tight we said goodnight. Nothing like this happens where we live and the police have told us we have been targeted, our dogs did bark but only to protect our property as dogs do, they were in a high gated garden with 2 meter gates we live in kato paphos, our home is so quiet and empty without them we miss them every min of every day and don't know how we are going to recover from this to lose 1 dog is bad enough but to lose all 3 is such a cowardly way is just mind numbing, we are offering a reward for any information leading to the conviction of the person or persons involved I use the term person very loosely whoever did this is not human!!! Someone knows who is involved we have had an annonomous tip off that an ex pat may be involved, although we don't think or want to believe that a Brit could do this act! The police are due back in the next couple of days they called yesterday, please please this cannot happen again to anyone,this must be stopped I am putting a few pics of our beautiful babies on with this post sorry if the last pic upsets anyone, please share this post or copy and paste it with all your friends around the world,
Sleep well babies and have fun playing beyond the rainbow
Love you all miss you so much mummy and daddy xxxxx.

http://cyprus-mail.com/2013/09/14/wh...ur-three-dogs/


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Hi Virgil - thanks for letting us know about this barbaric act! It's incomprehensible that anyone could cause such suffering to three innocent animals - and their distraught owners!

As I've posted, previously, on this forum, the only way to try to prevent pet dogs from succumbing to deliberate poisoning is through muzzling (not possible 24 hours a day!) or by training.
The latter is very difficult, as dogs naturally wish to eat anything 'edible' which they come across - and puppies could not be expected to learn enough, fast enough, to be protected from such poisoning.

However, as a former owner of German Shepherd dogs, Dobermanns and Border collies( all rescues; aged, on adoption, from two months to 4 years), I trained every one to refuse food, treats and 'found substances/items' unless these were either handed to them by me, personally, or served on their individual dishes. This latter option took account of the fact that, in case of my hospitalisation, holidays etc. my dogs could be fed and watered by other trusted people, including even kennel staff - provided 'their' plates and bowls were used!

I had been advised by my own ex Met.Police (ret.) dog trainer to avoid teaching my dogs to refuse food/drink on command, only. There were known examples of dogs having had to be taken to the windows of hospital wards, to be given the appropriate instruction by hospitalised owners…! in the case of a change of ownership, due to unforeseen circumstances, such training might cause real difficulty for both pets and their new humans!

I appreciate that I was a dedicated 'hobby' dog trainer, albeit with a qualification, and that other owners might not feel confident enough to undertake such intensive training with their own pets. Knowing, as I do, however, that deliberate acts of animal poisoning do occur, in both Spain and Greece, I'd still urge every dog owner to make the effort, regardless - if necessary, to seek professional advice and assistance - in order to protect their beloved pets!

Such training would need to be consistent, kind, patient and thorough, to counter the dogs' natural behaviour - but, as I proved, in the case of my own pets, it was possible to achieve the desired result, ensuring that they would never eat or drink anything found on the ground, inside or outside of our home; nor would they accept proffered treats from anyone other than myself and my immediate family! This was vital to their safety when living with me in the Asturian countryside - I discovered that rat poison was being used to kill predatory mammals, in the local 'huertas' and fincas! Even worse, such poisoned victims could then be scavenged by wild birds - leading, potentially, to more deaths and 'found food' for pet animals!

BTW, in the UK there was, at the time, a spate of burglaries in which the thieves first fed sedatives, embedded in meat, through letterboxes, for the households' dogs to eat. They would then wait, hidden, until the dogs were asleep, before breaking into the homes concerned! Even large breed pets, including Dobermanns, German Shepherds and Labradors were sedated, successfully, by this means'

I hope that this terrible poisoning incident does receive maximum publicity in Cyprus - to the point that the perpetrator is caught, denounced and punished! The poor owners would continue to suffer, nonetheless, but, at least, he/she might be deterred from doing more of the same to other innocent animals.

Regards,
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I trained every one to refuse food, treats and 'found substances/items' unless these were either handed to them by me, personally, or served on their individual dishes. This latter option took account of the fact that, in case of my hospitalisation, holidays etc. my dogs could be fed and watered by other trusted people, including even kennel staff - provided 'their' plates and bowls were used!
I would like to know more about this training. I have trained companion animals in the past, but know nothing of this teaching.

This was vital to their safety when living with me in the Asturian countryside - I discovered that rat poison was being used to kill predatory mammals, in the local 'huertas' and fincas! Even worse, such poisoned victims could then be scavenged by wild birds - leading, potentially, to more deaths and 'found food' for pet animals!
Now I understand why almost all the dogs I've seen here in the countryside are caged. I thought this highly cruel even if they are essentially hunting dogs... well, I still think it's highly cruel, but at least they won't die such horribly frightening deaths. A pox on that individual who did this!
 

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I would like to know more about this training. I have trained companion animals in the past, but know nothing of this teaching.



Now I understand why almost all the dogs I've seen here in the countryside are caged. I thought this highly cruel even if they are essentially hunting dogs... well, I still think it's highly cruel, but at least they won't die such horribly frightening deaths. A pox on that individual who did this!
We adopted this seriously troubled female dog, 3 years ago, she wanted to see, taste and feel everything. On a walk during heavy snow she strayed onto a farmyard, the farmer took exception and told me that he was going to shoot her, I disagreed with him and suggested to the farmer's wife that she contact the ambulance service in respect of her soon to be very seriously injured husband, they suddenly had a change of mind.

The morale of the story is that my son used to protect their younger son from school bullies, they chose to ignore this, I just wonder how many curious dogs this dick head had shot. My dogs are my responsibility, if folk wish to argue the point regarding this fact they are welcome to do so, face to face with me.

I'm so sorry about what happened to the OP's dogs, mine are fine thank god, I can't even begin to think how I would fell if the same happened to my guys.

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Hi Virgil - thanks for letting us know about this barbaric act! It's incomprehensible that anyone could cause such suffering to three innocent animals - and their distraught owners!

As I've posted, previously, on this forum, the only way to try to prevent pet dogs from succumbing to deliberate poisoning is through muzzling (not possible 24 hours a day!) or by training.
The latter is very difficult, as dogs naturally wish to eat anything 'edible' which they come across - and puppies could not be expected to learn enough, fast enough, to be protected from such poisoning.

However, as a former owner of German Shepherd dogs, Dobermanns and Border collies( all rescues; aged, on adoption, from two months to 4 years), I trained every one to refuse food, treats and 'found substances/items' unless these were either handed to them by me, personally, or served on their individual dishes. This latter option took account of the fact that, in case of my hospitalisation, holidays etc. my dogs could be fed and watered by other trusted people, including even kennel staff - provided 'their' plates and bowls were used!

I had been advised by my own ex Met.Police (ret.) dog trainer to avoid teaching my dogs to refuse food/drink on command, only. There were known examples of dogs having had to be taken to the windows of hospital wards, to be given the appropriate instruction by hospitalised owners…! in the case of a change of ownership, due to unforeseen circumstances, such training might cause real difficulty for both pets and their new humans!

I appreciate that I was a dedicated 'hobby' dog trainer, albeit with a qualification, and that other owners might not feel confident enough to undertake such intensive training with their own pets. Knowing, as I do, however, that deliberate acts of animal poisoning do occur, in both Spain and Greece, I'd still urge every dog owner to make the effort, regardless - if necessary, to seek professional advice and assistance - in order to protect their beloved pets!

Such training would need to be consistent, kind, patient and thorough, to counter the dogs' natural behaviour - but, as I proved, in the case of my own pets, it was possible to achieve the desired result, ensuring that they would never eat or drink anything found on the ground, inside or outside of our home; nor would they accept proffered treats from anyone other than myself and my immediate family! This was vital to their safety when living with me in the Asturian countryside - I discovered that rat poison was being used to kill predatory mammals, in the local 'huertas' and fincas! Even worse, such poisoned victims could then be scavenged by wild birds - leading, potentially, to more deaths and 'found food' for pet animals!

BTW, in the UK there was, at the time, a spate of burglaries in which the thieves first fed sedatives, embedded in meat, through letterboxes, for the households' dogs to eat. They would then wait, hidden, until the dogs were asleep, before breaking into the homes concerned! Even large breed pets, including Dobermanns, German Shepherds and Labradors were sedated, successfully, by this means'

I hope that this terrible poisoning incident does receive maximum publicity in Cyprus - to the point that the perpetrator is caught, denounced and punished! The poor owners would continue to suffer, nonetheless, but, at least, he/she might be deterred from doing more of the same to other innocent animals.

Regards,
GC
Thanks for that Guapachica, how awful to lose 3 dogs in that manner, I think it's amazing that you trained those dogs to refuse food from others and I've posted your reply in the Cyprus forum.

Cheers - Ray.
 
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