I mentioned this on the OT venting thread, but bringing it here now because I need to make some decisions and I’m stuck.
Almost two weeks ago, I found a dog on our back road. I managed to catch him and took him home, hoping to find his owner or get him safely to a shelter. It’s 100% likely that he was dumped and that road is a popular spot for abandonment. I have been looking for his people with no luck, he’s not chipped and nobody recognizes him. I have also contacted 20+ different rescues and shelters - the shelters are full or only take animals picked up by AC, the rescues just don’t respond or call back. I have even tried to rehome him within the community but dogs like this are a dime a dozen, nobody wants him.
Meanwhile, doggo and our dog do NOT get along. Instant growling by both and lunging on the part of doggo - our dog will back off on voice command but this guy has to be physically dragged away or he will keep trying to attack. We’re managing the situation temporarily, with doggo crated most of the time, separate potty trips, but spending 23 hours of the day in a crate isn’t ideal. Our house is not set up to have separate dog areas.
To add to the dog issues, he has now begun terrorizing the horses. I had been taking him out with me to feed - it was a good opportunity for him to run around the yard and he had been afraid of/ignored the horses for the most part after my 2yo threatened to stomp him to death when slipped into the paddock. Doggo clearly had never seen livestock before. However, he followed me into the pasture the other day and suddenly started going after my newest starvation-rehab horse. All the yelling and throwing things in the world wasn’t going to stop him from circling and barking and trying to nip the poor horse, and it was only luck that doggo ran near enough I was able to grab him and drag him back to the house. Thank god the horse has some dog sense and didn’t panic, several warning kicks made contact with the dog but he was undeterred. I was horrified.
None of this is his fault, and truth be told he is an excellent house dog in all the other ways. He’s very sweet and exuberant and lives to please, not a mean bone in his body towards humans. He’s house- and crate-trained. But I cannot have a stock-chasing, dog-aggressive dog when I have horses and an elderly border collie - and I cannot find a single person, rescue, shelter, or anyone that will take him.
I think I know the answer, but what do I do with this dog? Is there some avenue I haven’t thought of? I feel terrible for even putting euthanasia on the table but I will not allow any of my other animals to be injured. Feel free to read me the riot act. I was trying to do the right thing by getting him off the street and now I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.