There is a growing trend of owning a dog that is perceived to be rough or tough looking in order to improve their owner’s social status.
Victims of violence
Often these 'status dogs' are encouraged to display aggressive behaviour, suffering violence at the hands of their owners and as a result of dog fights or dog-rolls that they are forced to take part in.
The veterinary team at Harmsworth regularly treat all sorts of conditions, including:
- injuries sustained by dogs from fighting
- broken bones suffered as a result of direct cruelty
- skin conditions and general health issues resulting from neglect and lack of onwer knowledge.
And these are all linked to people getting dogs to have as status symbols.
RSPCA Harmsworth Animal Hospital director, David Grant, explained how he has seen a "growing trend of young people in the city having Staffordhire bull terriers and bull breed crosses as must-have fashion accessories".
David said the trend also encompasses bigger dogs such as mastiffs, Rottweilers and Japanese akitas, which are being used by people looking to boost their status and reputation among their peers.
Rehabilitating 'status dogs'
Our staff can spend months gaining the trust of a dog that has been treated badly; retraining them so that they can find the loving home that they deserve.
Sadly, in some cases it is impossible to undo the damage done, and we are unable to safely place the dog back into society.
That's why we're tackling irresponsible dog ownership to protect these dogs and make irresponsible owners accountable for their actions.
If you are thinking of getting a dog why not rehome a dog from us and give a dog a second chance in life.