Dogs that fed on remains are fit for adoption, expert says
Saskatoon SPCA says it will adopt out the animals
Brad Pattison, a dog behaviour specialist, says the Saskatchewan dogs that fed on the remains of their deceased owners are fit for adoption to new families.
Pattison, who is host of the television program At the End of My Leash, traveled to Saskatoon to examine the dogs which are in the care of the local SPCA.
He said he volunteered his expertise after hearing the story about the dogs.
The Saskatoon SPCA is wrestling with the fate of the seven dogs which were brought in from a rural home near Yorkton.
The animals were found in the home of a man, 67, and woman, 57, who had died. Police do not suspect foul play in their deaths.
Pattison said he has studied the health and behaviours of the dogs and says two of them are still mourning the loss of their owners but all of them are fit to be adopted.
"They're not apprehensive, they're not on guard," Pattison told CBC News Wednesday. "None of the dogs are exhibiting any biting behaviours. None of the dogs are exhibiting any fearful behaviours. And none of the dogs are exhibiting any behaviours that lead me along the lines where it's going to become an issue later in life."
Pattison said eating human remains was something any starving dog would do.
Officials at the SPCA told CBC News that Pattison's findings re-affirm their belief that the dogs have a lot of potential and they will begin the process to adopt them out.