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6tantrumsaday Fri 14-Feb-14 18:47:47

That really
DH went to visit his friend a few hours away they only see each other twice a year.
When DH got there his friend had 3 dogs locked outside in the pouring rain with no shelter. DH asked why they were there and the friend said they were his he bought them as puppies from a family who were struggling he got them for his gf but then he dumped her and she said she didn't want them anyway and left the friend with them.
DH asked could he bring the dogs in and friend complained but did it in the end.

DH couldn't see any dog things in the house and the dogs were rather thin .Turned out the dogs sleep outside in all weathers and food is just chucked for them when the friend feel likes it.

One of them banged the door with its nose and friend screamed at them to shut up grabbed a picture frame and chucked it at them. The friend didn't seem to care and told DH to mind his own business.

DH went to check them out and they were very timid at first but they got used to him and were very sweet. DH asked could he take one and keep it and then they could try and find a rescue centre for the other two.

Friend said if DH wanted them he could have them all and if DH didn't take them he would just leave them in a river.
DH call his friend a prick and has brought all three back with him.

They are lovely dogs 2 are 10 month old Labrador cross and the other is a 12 month old Labrador. They are very sweet but it does look like they have been beaten by friend.

DH has gone to get some dog supplies to get them through the night with us. I was hoping you could tell me what to get and tell me what to do next.

Thank you

Labradors are, by nature, very loving dogs. Given them time to get used to you, sit quietly with them, and give them gentle fuss and attention when they come close to you.

Take them outside after you feed them, so they can do their business.

Are you thinking you might keep them? If not, I would recommend either a breed rescue, or the Dogs' Trust - tbh, I would recommend the Dogs' trust first, as they are very good at re homing dogs, and labs will be very popular with people looking for a rescue dog.

Your dh has done the right thing, and you are both heroes for looking after these poor dogs. There former owner, on the other hand.....

LEMmingaround Fri 14-Feb-14 19:01:41

Awww I luffs your dh. Realistically though can you keep them? They will need vet care etc. Im sure you know all this. Your first port of call should be lab rescue they could help with rehoming , fostering and nuetering. Good luck x

GemmaTeller Fri 14-Feb-14 19:07:13

Aww, I love your DH for acting quickly to get the dogs out of a shit situation, and I love you for helping him

Whoknowswhocares Fri 14-Feb-14 19:18:16

What a lovely man! (Although his choice of friends appears a bit suspect wink)
For tonight I would buy some very bland food, labelled sensitive (or even just give them some cooked chicken with rice) and not give them too much at once. Their digestion will be all over the place, they probably have worms and a sudden overload, especially of something rich, will make them react badly. Some old towels or similar will make serviceable beds for now. Tomorrow they need to be seen by a vet ideally, for a check, worming etc. They can see if the dogs are microchipped too <doubtful>
As for next steps, it depends what your longer term aim is. Are you intending to keep one or all. 3 adolescent labs is an ENORMOUS ask! especially with such a poor start, no training probably etc and most likely behavioural issues due to the cruelty to work through. Unless you are massively experienced and have the time to devote hours and hours to the cause then rehoming two at least in most sensible.
A breed specific rescue would be a great first step. Also consider whether you want to inform the dog warden and report the miserable piece of scum who did this

6tantrumsaday Fri 14-Feb-14 19:18:48

We don't know if we will keep them we were looking to get one dog first then another little later. However 3 would cost more and be a pretty big time commitment.
They are lovely, we have them in the living room with a baby gate in the doorway to create space between them and the DCs. But the dogs seem really gental and we have promised the eldest two DCs that once the younger ones are in bed if the dogs seem okay then they can meet each other. (I am thinking one dog at a time)

6tantrumsaday Fri 14-Feb-14 19:22:52

They do seem to be house trained but before they went to live with the friend the family who had them sees to have put time into them. The oldest dog can sit as well. The friend has only had them since Christmas So that's something.

Meow75 Fri 14-Feb-14 19:29:09

Your DH is a beauty. And so are you for joining him in doing the right thing. You don't need internet strangers like me and other MNers to tell you this, but credit where credit's due and all that. He was very brave to suggest taking them away.

The advice so far sounds very sensible, especially the chicken or sensitive food suggestion.

I just wanted to express my support and admiration for both of you. For the time that those dogs are with you, they will know more love and affection than the whole of the time that the horrible man had them. Have a great weekend, although perhaps more expensive than you might have planned, and have some lovely cuddles with those lovely doggies.

thanks cake for you and DH and biscuit biscuit biscuit for the dogs.

6tantrumsaday Fri 14-Feb-14 19:35:12

Both me and DH love dogs our Staffie died a year ago and we had waited until now to get another dog because we wanted our youngest DC to be a bit older first.
I am very proud of my DH for taking the dogs away and bring them.here.

firstpost Fri 14-Feb-14 19:46:09

So glad these poor dogs have a warm bed and food tonight. More than that I hope you can be their stepping stone to a better life <or forever home> how people can treat animals like that and sleep at night is absolutely beyond me.

GinSoakedMisery Fri 14-Feb-14 19:51:39

What a brilliant man your DH is.

What area set you in? Could you google dog rescues, not council run ones.

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Fri 14-Feb-14 19:55:39

Well done to your DH. Those are very lucky dogs.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 14-Feb-14 19:59:36

Oh and please report the twunt! angry

thanksthanks To you and you DearestH grin

spiderlight Fri 14-Feb-14 20:04:34

Oh, bless your DH - good for him!! thanks

First port of call will be to get them all scanned for microchips, just in case someone out there is looking for them. Dogs Trust are fab and there are breed-specific rescues out there who will be able to advise you. If they stay with you for the time being, you may find that behavioural niggles will emerge after a few days/weeks when they find their feet and start to relax and show their true colours, but then again you might not! You might be able to find a rescue that will give you backup and behavioural advice and help to find them a home but let you foster them in the meantime. I have some contacts in rescue and could get them to ask around if you want to give your rough whereabouts.

jade80 Fri 14-Feb-14 20:31:35

If you were thinking of possibly getting 2 dogs anyway... I don't see that 3 is any more of a time commitment than 2? Just sayin'! Well done for helping them out, bet they are glad to be inside!

FreakinScaryCaaw Fri 14-Feb-14 20:36:18

Aww what a lovely dh you have. Poor dogs sad friend needs reporting to stop him getting dogs again. Well at least for some time.

I hope it all works out for you and them.

AHardDaysWrite Fri 14-Feb-14 20:44:38

Report the friend to the RSPCA/ police. He can be prosecuted for animal cruelty. If the dogs have any injuries that might have been caused by beating, take pics tonight.

Sleepingbunnies Fri 14-Feb-14 20:49:55

What a fucking vile individual your DHs friend is.

Well done your DH - an amazing man you should feel very proud smile

LavenderFox Sat 15-Feb-14 07:51:58

Take the dogs to a vet explain the story as well. Sometimes with a murky background like that they may turn out to be stolen and they might have been microchipped as puppies.

Well done for showing the care and compassion and not walking away x

34DD Sat 15-Feb-14 08:49:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

6tantrumsaday Sat 15-Feb-14 09:48:34

We are taking the dogs to the vets this afternoon to check them over. We shall then contact the police about friend.
The dogs are still lovely and they were really gentle with my eldest two DCs last night.

We made them makeshift leads and took them out this morning the older dog walks well but the younger two were much harder to walk.

Goldencity1 Sat 15-Feb-14 11:29:04

Well done to your DH! Glad you are reporting the "friend".
You have had lots of good advice 're dogs trust and 're homing, if you do decide to keep 1 or more, you'll need to find a good trainer and get some strong walking boots! Labs love to walk!

6tantrumsaday Sat 15-Feb-14 19:27:50

The dogs are underweight and they aren't microchipped.
We have brought them all back home with us for now and me and DH are going to work out what we shall do with.

noddingoff Sat 15-Feb-14 21:22:25

Jolly well done both of you and as far as the "friend" goes, tell your DH to LTB! or steer him to some professional mental help if necessary (seriously, who buys their girlfriend who doesn't want a dog three dogs then keeps but abuses them when the relationship ends? Either a nasty bastard or somebody with serious problems that need addressed)

MamaPingu Sat 15-Feb-14 21:28:11

Those dogs are so lucky to have you all, makes me so happy when an animals cruelty comes to an end!

Would like to here back what happens if you do report said "friend".

Bet those dogs think they have hit the jack pot, best wishes to you all x

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