By a Supreme Court injunction to stop Knuckles (and Zeus) being killed on the day he was scheduled to be put down last year by Geelong City Council, and subsequently by consent orders of VCAT revoking the Council’s declaration that he was a restricted breed dog, the Panel intervened to save Knuckles’ life: view our website post of 9 December 2013.
As Knuckles had no owner, he was subsequently placed in foster care by Geelong Animal Welfare Society. Recently he was returned from foster care to GAWS. The Panel called GAWS offering to arrange behavioural training and rehabilitation of Knuckles (who had apparently begun to exhibit reactive behaviour with other dogs) if GAWS could find a rescue group or carer to home him during such training. Knuckles is about 3 years, 7 months of age and has spent some 2 years of his life in a shelter. GAWS arranged for Knuckles yesterday to be placed with rescue group ‘Unforgettable Creatures’, to which it also transferred his ownership: see the photos posted yesterday on Unforgettable Creatures Facebook page.
Whether ‘Unforgettable Creatures’ arranges their own retraining of Knuckles or takes up the Panel’s offer of Paul Crossley of Half Way Home, Knuckles fights on. We thank Paul Crossley for his offer of help; GAWS for its ready and prompt assistance; and ‘Unforgettable Creatures’ for assuming his care. All concerned wanted Knuckles out of the shelter environment as soon as it could be arranged, and this managed to be promptly achieved.