Oden and Graham – mauled to death during kennel stay
Do you kennel your pet?
If you do, look beyond what you perceive is the warm and cozy environment your pet is experiencing. It could be a facade, the experience could be horrifying.
My friend’s adorable tea-cup size pups were mauled to death last spring during their stay at Gibson’s Pet Resort in Grafton MA.
In an effort to protect other animals my friend created Barking Back, where she shares disturbing photos and videos “taken at Gibson’s Natural Pet Resort in Grafton.” The photos and videos were obtained from “employee’s social media pages.”
The images are horrifying. One video shows two dogs mating another is beyond the PG 13 rating of this blog. One photo is of a completely rusted out stabilizer bracket with a comment by nikimaranda “real safe huh?” You can view the photos/ videos here http://www.mydogswerekilledatgibsonspetresort.com/#!news-rpts/n2386
My friend chose Gibson kennels because she believed her pups were going to have a great stay at the “pet resort” people raved about. Her pups did not have a warm and fuzzy experience instead one had their guts ripped open and the other his neck snapped.
Is your kennel safe?
Below are tips on choosing a kennel.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A KENNEL
The general attitude of staff and cleanliness is incredibly important when deciding who to trust with your pet’s care. A few other things to look for include:
- Staff that are interacting with animals and seem to enjoy their work.
- Being allowed their own toys and blankets can be comforting to some dogs.
- Sleeping and relaxed dogs, rather than dogs who look anxious, are pacing or continuously barking.
- Outdoor play areas where dogs can socialize.
- Elevated trampoline dog beds or similar (something easy to clean and off the ground).
- Multiple resting places for dogs (both inside and outside).
- Do they have an up to date license?
- Do they have to undergo safety inspections by the town? Many towns do not inspect kennels or have any regulations as to who works there, pet to staff ratio etc.
- Do they provide 24-hour video streaming?
- Do they allow small and large dogs in the same common area?
WARNING SIGNS OF A ‘BAD’ KENNEL
- Smelly premises.
- Dogs that are pacing and barking rather than resting.
- Kennels that are unwilling to give tours or show you where your dog will be kept.
- Pens that are obviously dirty and difficult to clean.
- Is the Kennels constantly noisy? The more noise, the more stress it causes.
- Kennels that don’t require proof of vaccination.
- Kennels that are in disrepair with jagged edges of wire, peeling paint or drains that are blocked.
- The pen your dog is kept in should be big enough for your dog to run and should be escape-proof.
- How was your dog when you collected him/her? Expect your pup to be tired but if your pup shows previously unseen signs of depression, is withdrawn, suffering or fearful – then you must find out why.
- Don’t accept “we don’t let people back because we don’t want to disturb the other dogs”