Last year he got himself into a whole lot of trouble for making a dumb split-second decision and we are asking for your help with what has become a significant financial situation.
On the 8th October, 2017 Hank was laying down, exhausted from play in a local off-leash dog park when he was approached unexpectedly by a Whippet from behind. Hank was caught off guard, snarled at and this quickly escalated into Hank chasing and biting at the other dog. Due to the considerable size difference in dogs, Hank left the other dog with injury. Within days Rachel was contacted by council and notified the incident had been reported and Hank was seized by the end of the week. He spent the following 2 months in the stressful environment of a pound until Rachel attended court. He was released without restrictions but we are still fighting the proposal by council to declare him a dangerous dog (meaning he would need to live in a caged enclosure and wear a muzzle when not contained).
Vet bills for the other dog - $1600
Pound fees - $1800
Fine - $1500
Court Costs - $700
Behaviour assessment - $500
Along with these costs, Rachel sought legal help to understand the complicated and confusing legal system which (as you can imagine) has significantly added to this total and pushed it upwards of $10,000.
Any contribution you make will go straight to helping Rachel cover these growing costs. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.
Hank was adopted as a rescue pup at 10 weeks old and has lived with dogs for the majority of his life. He has welcomed foster dogs into his home, sharing his bed and food without any signs of aggression or concern. He is generally a big submissive dope who likes to be a couch potato and is known around the neighbourhood by people and dogs alike. You can see all of that on Instagram (@ahoundcalledhank). He has undergone obedience training and has been socialised with dogs and people from an early age.
Since the incident, a trained dog behaviourist has reported that Hank is not aggressive or a danger to other humans or dogs and that this was a once-off response due to specific factors.
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