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To tell a woman to control her kids?

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HarryPottersGlasses Thu 11-Sep-08 16:28:21

We went to the RSPCA shelter this afternoon looking for a kitten. DS wanted to see the dogs so we went into the kennels bit and the dogs were going mental. Then we saw this boy (aged about 7) banging on the metal gates screaming "SHUT UP!! SHUT UP!" and his parents were stood there in stitches laughing at him. The dad then punched one of the kennel doors and stood there saying "COME ON YOU FUCKER! THINK YOU'RE HARD!" to a German Shepherd dog and the kid immediately copied him and kicked another kennel door with a very timid spaniel type dog inside (looking absolutely petrified) and shouted "GET HERE NOW! YOU LITTLE IDIOT!" and his dad burst out laughing and screamed at the german shepherd "SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU FLEA RIDDEN PIECE OF SHIT! I'LL RIP YOUR HEAD OFF YOU COCKY LITTLE BASTARD!" shock

My DS didn't know what the hell was going on. I went back through to reception to let them know what was going on and they came through and asked them to stop winding the dogs up. I then said to the mother "you should keep your kid under control, I hope they're not letting you adopt one of these animals" and I got a mouthful of abuse for it.

Was I being unreasonable in saying anything at all? should I have kept out of it?

Upwind Thu 11-Sep-08 16:29:33

I think you did the right thing - idiots like that should never have pets.

missjennipenni Thu 11-Sep-08 16:29:43

Is this for real? shock

WorzselMummage Thu 11-Sep-08 16:30:24

YANBU they sound vile. I hope they dont have pets !

WorzselMummage Thu 11-Sep-08 16:30:29

YANBU they sound vile. I hope they dont have pets !

MaryAnnSingleton Thu 11-Sep-08 16:30:40

shock !

Charlee Thu 11-Sep-08 16:31:40

YANBU some peole really should have kids or pets - what a waste of space.......... angry

twoluvlykids Thu 11-Sep-08 16:32:05

think this isn't real, coz RSPCA usually accompany prospective adopters, AFTER doing a home check. This is prevent time wasters and distress to the animals.

ClareVoiant Thu 11-Sep-08 16:32:16

weeeeell i would say that if they talk like that to the dogs, what did you expect them to say to you?
you did the right thing to tell reception. lets just hope they're not there to get a pet, god only knows how they'd treat it.

Charlee Thu 11-Sep-08 16:33:07

I have been to our local shelters loads of times and never been acompanied by a staff member.

Tommy Thu 11-Sep-08 16:33:21


I'm surprised the staff didn't ask them to leave and never come back

I don't think you were being unreasonable at all

GrimmaTheNome Thu 11-Sep-08 16:33:23

Your only mistake was to say 'kids' instead of 'family' because the dad sounds worse than the kids.

You were certainly absolutely right to let the staff know.

HarryPottersGlasses Thu 11-Sep-08 16:34:22

At our centre you sign in at the reception and then are free to wander around the centre. If you like the look of a certain animal they get it out for you, let you play with it in the pen etc and if you still want it they do home checks etc then.

shootfromthehip Thu 11-Sep-08 16:35:45

Honestly, if the staff were dealing with them and based on the behaviour of the animals people involved, you probably shouldn't have said anything. A couple of really dirty looks and informing the staff was enough. Anyway, you never know how the people being such thugs to the animals will react to being told off by an actual person!

However, if you insist on speaking your mind again- and you well be right to as this is just my opinion- make sure you tell the Dad off as it sounds as though the son has a fabulous role model there! angry

Notalone Thu 11-Sep-08 16:38:17

shock - I hope they are never allowed to adopt any animal. Most of these animals are there because they have been neglected or abused in some way and they deserve the chance of a better life. Why bother going to a shelter if this is what you are going to do? And how would they treat the poor animal if this is what the do in public. Shame there isn't a "blacklist" of people like this because if they do get stopped at this shelter they will probably just go to another and that makes me very sad sad

masalachameleon Thu 11-Sep-08 16:39:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JuneBugJen Thu 11-Sep-08 16:41:10


Hope you are a troll as hate to think there are such pantomime twats in the world.

Probably want a dog to go dog fighting with...

ethanchristopher Thu 11-Sep-08 22:53:43


wannaBe Thu 11-Sep-08 23:03:14

ok, at the risk of being jumped on here...

Op is a new poster and this is her second

emotive thread

hmm I only checked because I recognized op name from thread earlier and it made me hmm

mrsruffallo Thu 11-Sep-08 23:08:54

Tis a joke

Janos Fri 12-Sep-08 16:35:09

When I read the thread title I thought bet she is BU..

But no you definitely did the right thing. Horrible behaviour, bordering on animal cruelty. What a nasty bunch.

hecate Fri 12-Sep-08 16:49:16

ok, if this is real then the thing to do would have been to inform a member of staff. That way, they would be asked to leave and would not be allowed to adopt a pet.

And if it's a 'joke' then you should know that there is nothing funny about pretending someone scared a couple of dogs. hmm have you no imagination?

Janos Fri 12-Sep-08 17:00:38

Yes sounds like an odd thing to troll about, if it is trollling.

OP does say that she spoke to staff though.

hecate Fri 12-Sep-08 17:11:31

See, that's what happens when you (by you I mean I grin) don't properly READ the op! blush

phoebebouffet Fri 12-Sep-08 22:30:35

shock YANBU at all! You were very brave to say something, apparently places like this are very strict about who can get a pet and they come and inspect your house etc etc so hopefully the staff noted it in case they return.

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