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Dog freed from crate


Staffordshire bull terrier running in an autumn garden © RSPCA

A grinning Staffordshire bull terrier runs circuits around a paddock, plays with a ball and jumps in the leaves after spending long periods of time inside a crate.  

Confined to a crate to try and change behaviour

Ty was collected from a home in the West Midlands last week as his owners were struggling to care for him properly.

Our Inspector Elizabeth Boyd said:

Ty’s owners were struggling with him after he began destroying their home.

They were finding it hard to cope with him so began using a crate to curb his destructive behaviour.

We worked with his owners but in the end, they decided it would be best for them to sign him over.

Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Cara Gibbon collected him and took him to our Coventry, Nuneaton and District Branch.

A happy dog now free to run around

ACO Gibbon said:

This poor boy was confined to a crate 24/7. 

I took him down to the dog run at the rehoming centre so he could run free. He was so happy.

He was grinning from ear to ear and his tail was wagging 19 to the dozen. It was lovely to see him enjoying the freedom and fresh air.

Hopefully we’ll be able to find him the paw-fect home where he’ll be able to run, explore and play games with his new garden – and where he’ll never be locked in a cage again.

Getting Ty ready for rehoming

Staff at the branch caring for Ty said he's settling in well and will soon be ready to find a new home.

He's thought to be around seven-years-old, is very friendly and loves being out in the garden and playing with toys.

We've so many dogs like Ty who haven't been given the best life. Could you give them the love and life they deserve?

Dogs crates

Crates can be a valuable tool and are often used for training and transporting dogs safely. Many owners use them to create safe, secure den-like spaces for their pets to retreat to when they want some peace and quiet. However, we don't advise keeping dogs confined in crates for any period of time that's likely to cause distress.

We suggest anyone whose pets are displaying behavioural problems to speak to their vet, who may refer them to a clinical animal behaviourist for help.

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