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AIBU in feeling harassed?

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KungFuPandaWorksOut20 · 17/04/2021 17:00

In the middle of March, RSPCA had knocked on our door. They had a complaint stating an animal was lay in the window not moving they presumed the animal was dead.

Understandably RSPCA came right around. The guy was very amused in finding not a dead dog on the windowsill, but our dog happily sun bathing. My dog gave a half hearted wag of the tail, looked at him and went straight back to sunbathing and watching the world go by.

RSPCA obviously said no more action needed. So imagine my surprise 6 days later when a female RSPCA worker showed up, her attitude was absolutely horrific.

The complaint this time was a lethargic dog on the windowsill with the suspicion of the dog being drugged, because of how unresponsive it was.

I told the Lady she could happily come in and have a look at our dog, just like her colleague had.

She refused and said she can see clearly from the window that the dog looks lethargic, not active and started asking what medication I give the dog that makes him so placid.

I told her he's on no medication, he's sat chilling at the window he's hardly gonna be active when he's lay down! She told me I need to hand over the dogs vet details, and she will discuss everything with my vet, and she can do monthly check ins with my vet making sure my dogs condition improves.

I told her he had no condition, she has no right to my dogs vet records and I will not be handing them over or giving consent. She told me that's suspicious and I would make it easier on myself by giving consent, if not she will get the police to return with her, so she can remove the dog!

I told her conversation was over with, I will happily deal with another colleague but not her, I also phoned RSPCA notifying them of this, and began the complaints procedure online in regards to her.

Thursday we went out for a walk with the dog, when returning home we had missed a calling card from the RSPCA. We called, and they said the inspector on the case will call back.

It was the first gentlemen from last time, he informed us the same complaint had been put in again but apparently the complainer had gone to the window to illicit a response from him and nothing.

They had placed 4 calls within the space of 2 days, and several photos of the dog asleep on the windowsill.

He sounded apologetic, but explained his hands are tied and he can't just close the case like the past 2 times, due to the amount of phone calls and photos sent across.

He claims RSPCA sent the photos over to an independent vet and the vet is showing concern over the "lethargic demeanor" he is displaying in the photos.

He has asked for us to book him into the vets ASAP and give him the report and then he can mark this down as malicious for a year.

I'm really horrified at the thought of someone coming into my garden taking photos through my living room window.

My issue isn't with the RSPCA they are just doing their job, it's whoever is doing this. He confirmed it was the same caller!

I honestly don't know why they are being malicious and acting like this. My anxiety has been sky high since finding out, is someone watching my house? How often are they coming into my garden taking photos? Do they get photos of Myself, two children and DN?

It's not like he barks, my Husband has worked from home since the start of the pandemic. So that is definitely ruled out.

My husband has suggested just stopping him from being on the front windowsill but in my opinion that doesn't solve the issue at all!

We are looking into getting cameras, but is that even legal someone taking photos through my window? Or am I being dramatic and someone is just trying to do a good deed.

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Am I being unreasonable?

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You are being unreasonable
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prawntoastie · 20/04/2021 00:38

I’ve actually had 3 visits from the Rscpa due to malicious neighbours and all times they have been okay. Saw my cat said he was fat and not underweight. I used the reports against the neighbours as rspca also put it was malicious

They’re not always bad

KungFuPandaWorksOut20 · 20/04/2021 07:25


I’m just here for the pic of lazy sleepy Chopsy...!

Yeah course you are, I'm onto you RSPCA Wink Grin
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HeyDemonsItsYaGirl · 20/04/2021 09:20

Which makes the RPCA's Inspector's claims rather dubious. Does she actually have written evidence that a real life, qualified vet has reviewed a photo of a sleeping animal and has judged it to be possibly sedated? Because that isn't any veterinary surgery that I would trust with my animals.

Bit weird... of course the animal COULD be sedated. It's way down on the list of reasonable explanations but no sensible vet could say no, it couldn't possibly have been drugged.

Either the RSPCA woman is outright lying or this is what she did to suit her narrative.

ZorbaTheHoarder · 20/04/2021 09:38

But why would anyone sedate their dog continuously? It just doesn't make any sense!

And if you see a photo of a sleeping animal, why on earth would you assume it had been sedated?

I hope you get it sorted, OP, and that doggy can continue to snooze in the sunshine. Sounds like a great way to spend the day!

drinkingwineoutofamug · 20/04/2021 10:19

The RSPCA are shite. Our dog was stolen back by its original owner.
Took 6 months to track her down as no one was interested as it was just a dog 😠
Daughter found her in the bastards cellar. Starved, beaten and terrified.
We reported it to the RSPCA . They went to the house and told no dog there. They must of been able to smell the dog poo and wee in the house as she was never walked .
RSPCA told me they had to take what he said at face value and had no powers to enter the property.
So we intervened. Daughter took her boyfriend round and took the dog.
Owner never tried to stop her.
This was 2 years ago. Paid £100s to get her fit. In hindsight I wish I had got the vet to do a report.
Now dog is no longer feral , has manners and is a huge part of the family, as in she got more Xmas presents than me ! 😳

ifIwerenotanandroid · 20/04/2021 12:27

I had a cat which was a bit brain damaged. One day she climbed a tall pine tree & couldn't get down. After hours of trying to coax her down, I rang the local RSPCA & asked them to get the fire brigade out. They refused & told me to use a tree surgeon. No tree surgeon I called would touch the job.

There followed two days of me trying to get the cat down & calling the RSPCA a couple more times. The most I got out of them was a promise to send an RSPCA officer round - who didn't materialise. Mostly I got the same jobsworth indifference from some young girl.

In the end, after the cat had been up the tree for two days & two nights, I rang the fire brigade directly & explained the situation. They said after that length of time it would be classed as an emergency & they sent the guys round. They were utterly brilliant & very good-humoured, & with a lot of effort they rescued the poor cat, who was, obviously, frightened & hadn't eaten or drunk for two days.

When they'd gone I rang the RSPCA & told the same girl that I didn't need anything from them as the cat was down now. "I expect she came down of her own accord," she said pompously. "No," I said, "I've just had the fire brigade out & they rescued her with great difficulty." Collapse of stout party.

On the other hand, I once found an injured squirrel in a car park, & the RSPCA came out straight away. I have no idea what their rules are.

OP, hope you're going to get some pix from your camera & a good result from all this.

Aprilshowersandhail · 20/04/2021 13:18

I also had a brain damaged dcat. Walked like she was very drunk. Surprised I didn't get done for plying her with Gin..
Rehomed via a certain animal charity as having an inner ear infection..

ifIwerenotanandroid · 20/04/2021 14:15

Ours just had slightly odd reactions, different to any other cat I've known. One vet said she could've been oxygen starved at birth. We got her from a pet shop (I know) when she was too young to be on her own.

She lived to be 18, though, so she didn't do too badly.

Aprilshowersandhail · 20/04/2021 14:28

Starved of oxygen was what we were told also. She could jump up into things but not down. I wish they had been honest. We prob weren't the best home - but the dc did pitch in keeping her safe and grounded! She was pts when she became doubly incontinent at around 10..
Tiny ltttle black thing. Funnily we have gotten a replica in our new dkitten!! Fully functioning this one though!! And feisty!

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius · 20/04/2021 15:02

I cannot believe any reputable vet would look at a still photograph of a cat and attempt to diagnose whether the cat was drugged or not. No animal or person is going to move in a still photograph, and I am sure that any intelligent person would know this. Makes me wonder about the nous of the second RSPCA inspector, if she genuinely thought a still photograph could,be probitive in any way.

ifIwerenotanandroid · 20/04/2021 15:28

Enjoy your new kitten, Aprilshowers!

BeepBoopBop · 20/04/2021 17:07

They could bang on the window all they like for my dog. Play bagpipes, air horns, dynamite - she is completely deaf. We took a video of her asleep under a fully operating hydraulic steel press. She snored on, we were wearing ear defenders and it was still very audible.
My beautiful JRT passed away and I took a photograph of him as he looked so peaceful - maybe you should offer it to their vet to diagnose? Could be interesting.

RandomMess · 20/04/2021 18:10

Perhaps you need a sign like this one?

AIBU in feeling harassed?
Steamfan · 21/04/2021 12:13

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Steamfan · 21/04/2021 12:15

AAARRGGGHH - wrong thread - sorry - reported!

NUFAN · 21/04/2021 12:35

DONT LET THE RSPCA IN OR ENGAGE WITH THEM!!! I’m used to work in animal rescue - I had a lot of dealings with the RSPCA. Do NOT trust them. They have no powers but they abuse the fact that people think they do. Keep complaining and do NOT engage with them. Never let them in.

CrocodilesCry · 21/04/2021 12:35

RSPCA are a dreadful organisation. They failed to act on a neglected dog that my neighbour essentially starved to death. They didn't prosecute her - because any court case would highlight that they failed to act about the dog being neglected because we and other neighbours had contacted them multiple times. I can't stand them.

Logmein · 21/04/2021 13:00

I'd go to the local newspaper! Get the story out there OP.

PasstheBucket89 · 21/04/2021 13:18

The RSPCA have such a bad rep, i wonder why?

ImNotThatPathetic · 21/04/2021 13:25

@KungFuPandaWorksOut20 you managed to get any further with this? Caught the loon on camera yet?

KungFuPandaWorksOut20 · 21/04/2021 13:43

Caught nothing at all on camera, so I'm starting to suspect something dodgy off the RSPCA in all honesty. I think the female one wasn't happy with my non compliance and she's continued it.

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KungFuPandaWorksOut20 · 21/04/2021 14:03

I have Private messaged you.

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KungFuPandaWorksOut20 · 21/04/2021 14:09

That was to NufanBlush

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theemmadilemma · 21/04/2021 14:31

If the person knows the RSPCA are waiting on a vets report, they might have just stopped bothering to report for now?

SchrodingersImmigrant · 21/04/2021 14:40

Maybe they recognised themselves here

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