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Prince Edward Abuses Dogs?

By Dr. Andrew Jones

Animal Abuse and cruelty- unfortunately it occurs
pretty regularly.

And yesterday a story came out about a member of the
Royal Family hitting his dogs. Here is the story:

Prince Hits Dogs?

Prince Edward faces a grilling by the RSPCA over allegations
that he hit a Labrador with a walking stick whilst he was
strolling on the grounds of the Queen’s residence in Sandringham.

Complaints were made following photographs of the Prince
holding the stick over the dog was published. It is claimed
by Buckingham Palace that the Prince was merely trying to
break up a fight between two dogs.

An RSPCA spokesperson said that they “have received a small
number of complaints from members of the public.” A Buckingham
Palace spokeswoman said, “We cannot confirm, whether he struck
the dog.”

Is he guilty?

There are more humane ways to break up a dog fight.

Our Prince here SHOULD be held up to higher
standards, and be setting an example- How about
some basic dog training skills.

I have YET to see any dog trainer advocate hitting
as a technique to break up fights.

What’s the BIG deal?

As a society we have changed.

Dogs have gone from the Dog house to the Queen Bed.

We LOVE our pets!

They are integral parts of our family.

Judges are changing how they value pets- large
financial settlements have been awarded to those
who have laid negligence charges against Veterinarians
for malpractice.

IF he abused they dogs, he should be charged.

This is NOT O.K.

What is abuse?

Here is some information from an SPCA website:

Intentional cruelty, involving deliberate physical harm or
injury inflicted on an animal. Regretfully, cases of animals
being beaten, burned, poisoned or stabbed to death are not
uncommon. In cases where animals survive, veterinarians often
recommend euthanasia due to the extent of the animal’s injuries
or the extreme suffering involved.

Perpetrators of animal cruelty often portray themselves as
kindly animal lovers, making it difficult for people to believe
them capable of abuse. From the “friendly” neighbour who mistreats
his pets behind closed doors, to the “respected” community member
who operates a puppy mill or substandard zoo – there is no one
identifying feature that marks a person as capable of committing
such unfathomable crimes. Abuse of any animal is upsetting, not
only for the pain and suffering inflicted on the animal, but for
the fact that animal abuse is often a precursor to human-directed
violence and an indicator of family crisis. Untreated, any type
of abuse can escalate.

How to recognize animal cruelty

Look for these common signs of neglect or intentional cruelty:

* Wounds on the body.
* Severely overgrown nails (often curling under) or hooves (often curling upwards).
* Patches of missing hair.
* Extremely thin, starving animals with ribs or backbone protruding.
* Infected eyes that have been left untreated.
* Limping.
* Animals who are repeatedly left alone without food and water. Often they are
chained up in a yard.
* Animals who have been hit by cars and have not received veterinary attention.
* Animals who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
Tropical birds especially cannot tolerate cold temperatures.
* An owner kicking, hitting or physically abusing an animal.
* Animals who cower fearfully or act aggressively when their owners approach.
* Severe flea or tick infestations left untreated.
* Animals left in a car on a hot or cold day.
* Animals crammed into tiny cages in overcrowded conditions.
* Abandonment (often when pet owners move or by unprofitable farmers).
* Reptiles with dull, darkened skin, tremors, gaping mouth and excessive saliva,
or experiencing difficulty climbing.
* Aquatic and amphibious creatures kept in tanks with murky water.
* Illegal trapping of wild animals or animals left for extended periods in traps.
* Excessive scratching of the head area, shaking of the head and dirt or discharge
in eats indicative of a possible ear infection.
* Chronic diarrhea or vomiting.
* Animals kept in dirty conditions including being forced to stand in their own
urine and excrement.
* Swellings, such as tumors or abscesses, left untreated.
* Rabbits with a severe head tilt.
* Slaughter by untrained individuals.

What YOU can do

Be an animal advocate.

If you SUSPECT Animal Cruelty, then REPORT it to
your local SPCA, or Police.

Become involved with your local Humane Society,
or Animal Shelter, and HELP out- and educate
the public about PROPER animal care.


Animals need REAL legal protection-
Contact your state/provincial representative
about your areas animal protection bills.

I use the example of children.

IF Prince Edward were to HIT his 2 children
with a stick because they were fighting, he
would be charged with child abuse.

NOT acceptable.

It should NOT be acceptable to HIT dogs.


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Best Wishes, Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

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9 Responses to “Prince Edward Abuses Dogs?”

  1. Avatar patricia Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 11:02 am

    yes prince Edward should be reported
    if i was seen doing to my dog what he did to that dog id be reported , in my daily express sunday and monday it showed him hitting the dog on the head after the fight had broke up so that was twice the dog was cowering who does he think he is.

  2. Avatar Brandon J. Van Every Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Before condemning people for how they attempt to break up a dogfight, publish your own methods for how to do it safely. Bearing in mind that your primary responsibility is to YOU and YOUR DOG, not the dangerous !@#!@#!@@# dog that is attacking one or more of you. Sure there are hind leg wheel barrel techniques for separating two dogs, if you have TWO *COMPETENT* *FEARLESS* people around to handle it. That will never happen in the real world of a dog park, or worse, on the street. Frankly a gun might be the necessary way to stop a dog fight in some instances, against some pit bull that’s going to kill your pet. But again, publish your own *SAFE* methods for ending dog fights before criticizing how others attempt to handle it.

    I won’t speak to the issue of whether the Prince actually was breaking up a dogfight. It is an unknown.

  3. Avatar Becky Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    He should be ashamed for hitting the dog with a stick whether he is part of the royal family or not.Of course none of us were actually there and we all know how photos can be changed to look like something they are not or to be misquoted when you are in the limelight. If he hit the dog he should be punished just like you or I.

  4. Avatar Brennan Kingsland Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    No one will ever make a member of the Royal Family accountable – for whatever.

    I’m sad to know this about him though.

    It’s difficult for me to imagine a black lab fighting. From my experience, they are more docile, unless defending themselves.

    But what do I know? I’m not royalty.

  5. Avatar Joyce Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Absolutely yes, he should be punished if he did hit his dogs, he can’t think of them as part of his family or he wouldn’t do it, too many poeple are handy at lashing out at poor defenceless animals, without a second thought.
    It makes me so ANGRY.

  6. Avatar Rosemarie Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Could you please post a way how to break up dogfights safely and easily. Water is not always available, pulling tails? if they have one?
    What other methods are there. Not that I would ever hit them, they might just turn around and fight you.

  7. Avatar Marina Kassova Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 2:55 am

    Very appalling and shocking. To me, it seems hard to imagine a member of the royal family abusing his dog. There are standard and proper methods of breaking up a fight between two dogs without using violence. Nonetheless, he should be ashamed of himself for hitting his pet, and with a walking stick!! In addition to being too barbaric, beatings could result in the animal becoming resentful and violent toward the owner. All I could say is, it is disgraceful, and if this is the way he treats his pets then he shouldn’t have any.

  8. Avatar Sylvia Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    How do you brake a dog fight? or how do you defend your dog from other dog’s aggresion?

  9. Avatar Kate Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Yes if Prince Edward used unnessasary force on his lab, for whatever reason he should be held accountable. However, when it comes to breaking up a dogfight practice and theory are often miles apart. One cannot reason with dogs who are in a fighting frenzy. Grabbing the back legs might not be an option. Too many people are bitten by the aggressor or their own dogs while trying to break up a dogfight and if the bite requires medical attention doctors are required by law, to report the animal who might then end up being euthanized or at the least, muzzled for the remainder of it’s life.


Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM