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Rotties Survive 11 Days in Sewer

91457I know this was supposed to be a feel-good story, but for me, it brought up more concerns than warm fuzzies.

How did young Rottweilers Trixi and Boscoe end up stuck in a sewer pipe in the first place? Well, these two pups live on site at a construction company -- probably not the safest environment for any animal. Which brings up my next question: are they left there unsupervised to "guard" the property? Seems like it. Owner Tracy Lampignano said they assumed the dogs had been stolen when they went missing. If a dog is inside a home in a residential area, I imagine they are far less appealing to would-be dognappers.

Now I know some dog owners would roll their eyes at seeing my dogs slumbering (and slobbering) on my living room couch, but I had sincerely hoped that our society had moved beyond the "junkyard dog" mentality. Why couldn't Trixi and Boscoe go home with the company owners every night? It would certainly be safer and in my view, more humane.

At the height of the drama, Trixi was found first, but they couldn't find Boscoe. Lampignano told the local paper, "We didn't hear a sound but knew Boscoe had to be down there too. She was in heat and he was following her everywhere."

Yeah, that gasp you heard was from me. Trixi and Boscoe are almost one year old. Why aren't they spayed/neutered? Also -- and I hate to ask -- since they're so close in age, are they siblings? In which case, at least one of them needs to be spayed/neutered NOW.

On the upside, it was refreshing to read about Rottweilers in the paper without a single mention of BSL (Breed Specific Legislation). I just wish the story had been completely free of breed stereotypes.

Julia Kamysz Lane

September 11, 2008 in Current Affairs, Health, Humane, Volunteer | Permalink


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Who said these dogs were unwanted... They are cared for very well! Accidents do happen. And a little more information for you... we have never sold a dog, EVER!!! I can't believe you people put this much time and energy into writing people about their dogs, GET A LIFE!!!

Posted by: Tracy | Sep 16, 2008 4:27:00 PM

Wow, you people really need to read or watch the news a little closer... WE SAVED OUR OWN DOGS!!! Maybe we should also spay and neuter people too since the world is over populated! and we wouldn't have to listen to people like you!

Posted by: Tracy | Sep 16, 2008 4:22:04 PM

Tracy, it is really too sad that the city and workers put so much time and energy, even their lives, into these dogs for you to be such a careless owner.

Do yourself a favor and make a visit to your local humane society or county shelter, to see where unwanted pets end up. You will breed your female, she will have 10 puppies, and at least 5 of them will be destroyed. Because that's what happens to dogs from backyard breeders.

It's ok to have an unaltered animal, just do your research. Research that includes whether or not being altered hurts them. It doesn't. Research will also find you that 99% of fatal dog attacks are by unaltered dogs, pitbulls, rotts, whatnot...99% unaltered.

Just educate yourself.

Posted by: Kristen | Sep 16, 2008 10:29:40 AM

I agree that this situation could have been prevented. And these dogs need to be fixed. ASAP. What is it with people not spaying/neutering their animals? Its like they don't CARE about the pet overpopulation problem in this country and just want to make a quick buck off their dogs.

Posted by: Jaime | Sep 15, 2008 7:48:02 AM

I'm the owner of these dogs... and I'll tell you they live healthly happy lives, probably better than most humans!!! They are not siblings, they have 10 acres of property to roam as their own personal playground, and unfortunately they roamed into un-charted territory. We are extactic to have our CONTRUCTION "YARD DOGS" back home safe and sound!!! As for spaying or nutering... Isn't that harsh punishment??? How would you like it done to you? We do plan on having these dogs mate "GOD-WILLINGLY" and not a second sooner or later!

Posted by: Tracy Lampignano | Sep 14, 2008 9:11:58 PM

While mistakes happen even in the best of homes, this is one of those "could have been prevented" had these dogs been seen as companions, not living security alarms.

And allowing an in-heat 1-yr-old large breed dog to be bred is incredibly irresponsible.

Glad the story had a short-term happy ending (i.e. the dogs didn't die) but I'm not so sure the dogs lives are really as happy as they could be (I don't know these people, so I'll admit it happily if I'm wrong!)

Posted by: Rinalia | Sep 12, 2008 10:34:25 AM

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