19 comments to “The Braveheart update we’d all been waiting on”

  1. Jo | January 11, 2014 | Permalink

    Thanks again RSPCA for taking a special needs dog away from a loving foster home where he would have received vetting, physio, one on one contact, socialisation, a warm bed, toys, companionship, a good quality and varied diet, love and compassion, and you stick him in a concrete kennel with basic necessities. A dog such as Braveheart requires more than basic necessities, he requires 200% commitment and compassion that an RSPCA shelter is not equipped to provide. For All creatures great and small RSPCA? Would it have caused such problems to your procedures to leave a special needs dog such as Braveheart in a loving foster home instead of feeling the need to take control of him which has resulted in his death? Dogs in Bravehearts condition can be treated and make full recoveries…as a carer of special needs rescue dogs I can say this categorically. Look at all the Bali and Thailand dogs that are rescued in a similar state and make full recoveries…and in Australia the organisation that should care kills him?? RSPCA I’ll be sure to spread the word to everyone I know of this new case where your multi million dollar corporation has destroyed the chance at recovery that Braveheart rightly deserved

  2. Karen | January 11, 2014 | Permalink

    The RSPCA’s must be held accountable for their ‘treatment’ of Braveheart and SAFE. Why would any animal rescue group choose a kennel situation over a home environment? There is NO excuse! The reason they gave … ‘prosecution,’ Prosecutions take place in court rooms not kennels. RSPCA must work with other rescues… after all, animals are the main priority. Braveheart is only one sad story of RSPCA’s BS policies that MUST be addressed and every media outlet should be contacted until something is done! What other way is RSPCA going to be held accountable? RIP beautiful angel, Braveheart.

  3. Katie | January 11, 2014 | Permalink

    My dog has the same condition. As a puppy she didn’t like walks, she always lay down and never followed us or bounced and played. Eventually she needed our help just to stand up. She’d cry in pain doing it herself. Our vet mentioned putting her down.

    Instead, I created an obstacle course from a lying down ladder in my back yard that she had to walk through daily. I walked up and down the house making her sit and stand and sit and stand. Eventually even to lie down and get up. I took her to the beach to swim. We stopped feeding her store bought food and created our own dog food of highly anti-inflammatory foods including sweet potato and oats. We fed her glucosind and fish oil every morning with breakfast. She can run now. And bounce. She follows us around the house and can almost jump up on the big bed but we don’t encourage it.

    She was a rescue dog. We always say how lucky she is she didn’t show obvious symptoms before we rescued her. Braveheart should have been given the same chance. It wasn’t expensive. It wasn’t about vet bills and pain drugs. It was about time and love.

  4. Ruth Bell | January 11, 2014 | Permalink

    I assume the case against the original owners has been ceased they need to have the dog for evidence I believe. Or has the case been tried so now they didn’t need “Breveheart” anymore?

  5. Jacqi | January 11, 2014 | Permalink

    Considering they dismissed the prosecuting Investigating Inspector who collected the dog and evidence ( due to a personality issue with the CI) I wonder how they will prosecute, I hardly think he would want to represent an org that has few scruples. Be interesting to see if they do ANYTHING at all.

  6. Leanne | January 11, 2014 | Permalink

    Another case of how the RSPCA ‘helps’ dogs in need…. NOT….. A reason I never support the RSPCA… because they seem to always take the high and mighty road and not what is actually right for each individual dog…. This dog should have recovered… not be put down… He was obviously a very loving and trusting dog… and showed no signs of aggression even though he was subjected to horrible autrocities.

  7. GeoffD | January 11, 2014 | Permalink

    Will this be RSPCA’s first “RSPCA does not take euthanasia lightly” cliché of the year? (I had my first “what if the dog bites a child” defence of RSPCA’s kill rate for 2014 on J4M: 8 January for those with a sweepstake entry).

  8. Fiona King | January 11, 2014 | Permalink

    Stories like this just keep coming , I will never support RSPCA again , I donated monthly for years but not one more cent

  9. Beverley Roberts | January 11, 2014 | Permalink

    I agree with Fiona King.

    I’m hearing too many bad stories about the RSPCA and will never again support them.

    I hope they are ashamed of themselves letting this happen to Braveheart.

    VIP Little Darling

  10. Pam | January 11, 2014 | Permalink

    RSPCA are a disgrace

  11. Janette Rehua | January 12, 2014 | Permalink

    I will not support the RSPCA and think it is high time the government intervened and made this so called animal charity accountable for its actions. There are so many terrible experiences connected to this group that more needs to be done. I have seen upper management photographed at the Greyhound races! Heard too many stories of loved pets and dogs able to be rehabilitated being killed. Their extreme lack of willingness to attend an abandoned dog and a poorly treated dog (2 separate cases) which I experienced personally. RSPCA is a business not an animal welfare group. I have spoken with Rangers who have told me in their opinion the RSPCA is not getting their hands dirty but happy to grab the dollars and is a top heavy organisation. I was once a volunteer for them worked for free and watched many others who had done so for years and years, after my experience and hearing all the reported stories I will never give them another cent.

  12. Gary | January 12, 2014 | Permalink

    The 19th century notion that a private club can impartially enforce Animal Welfare legislation on behalf of the community has outlived it’s usefulness. It’s time that governments recognised that the RSPCA is a partisan player in the industry and treated it accordingly.
    If governments pass legislation that requires enforcement they must ensure that a properly resourced, professional, independent governement Inspectorate is given the task.

  13. krista | January 13, 2014 | Permalink

    Terrible, shame on them. Check out their scam on rspca approved ‘so called’ free range bacon where the pigs were in a living hell. RSPCA – that name means nothing. They are a scam, it’s all about making money for them!

  14. Elaine | January 13, 2014 | Permalink

    The people working in these high kill shelters, RSPCA, LDH etc, need to find a conscience, why are these so called animal welfare entities refuse to work with rescue groups and why are they killing animals?

    Foster home with dedicated rehabilitating V. RSPCA kennels? 6 months later Braveheart had not recovered enough so they killed him. Where was the funds for water/hydrotherapy etc

    The actions of RSPCA were not in the best interest of Braveheart? He should have made a full recovery in 6 months in a loving caring foster home environment, instead of being locked in a kennel to languish and deteriorate further.

    For all creatures great and small? I think not!

  15. Maria | January 13, 2014 | Permalink

    This makes me so so angry. The fact he is a spitting image to our Tank dog just breaks my heart even further. Surely there must be a point where even the most well intentioned rescuer (in this case the RSPCA animal officer) realises that an animal would thrive much better in it’s current rescue environment rather than their alternative. It really is distressing. Poor baby.

  16. Ed | January 13, 2014 | Permalink

    Very distressing and so sad :( RIP Braveheart. Yet another statistic for RSPCA WA, they should hang their heads in shame. They are a leading animal welfare agency but yet they do not lead. They do not offer state of the art rehab, they do not offer successful rehoming strategies and they do not offer community support. Yet they sit on their millions, and have media (and mass community) support. Wish people would wake up on a scale big enough to change them into the organisation they should be.

  17. Linda | January 13, 2014 | Permalink

    We have a cocker with similar issues. She came us at age 9 weighing 24 kgs. She should have weighed 15-16 kgs. A life of carrying extra weight caused calcification and bone spurs on her knees, her hips were really bad with one popping in and out regularly, and she has arthritis in many of her joints. Over 12 months and she is down to her goal weight, she’s had a femur osteotomy ( removal of head of femur) she is on a healthy diet, and we are adding the usual anti inflammatory supplements. We’ve also done hydrotherapy and acupuncture. She has such a zest for life that she amazes me on a daily basis. Everything we’ve done to get her where she is has been completely worth it. Unfortunately we can’t fix all her ailments ( double knee surgery and a second hip) but we’ve got her to a place where she’s happy, active and comfortable.

  18. Eileen | January 14, 2014 | Permalink

    So sad

  19. Samantha | January 14, 2014 | Permalink

    May his death lead to the start of a change where the RSPCA looses their pound contracts with councils!
    The RSPCA should be ashamed!
    RIP big boy may your life be of some purpose