I did contact Brat and filled out the relinquisment form. I just heard back from them. I did read on their website that they will try to work with dogs who have bitten. When she bit me, it was clear that she knew who she was biting and it was very intentional. The dogs were apart. She was just still wound up and mad. There was no warning. I do understand the seriousness of this type of agression. I have always owned sweet non-agressive dogs who I would never have to worry about harming anyone. I was a shelter volunteer and volunteered with the Humane Society taking care of the Katrina dogs down in LA. Mostly pit bulls. I am familiar with agressive dogs but not living with them.
I can see the potential in Maddy Keller to be a good dog for the right home but only if the right home can be found. If not…I know that I cannot provide the right home for this dog and it is heartbreaking. Hopefully Brat can help. It is a shame that Chicago's Animal Care and Control does not have better adoption screening. She was obviously not properly assessed. Not only did they miss her deafness, ear infection, food and dog aggression, they called her a terrier lab mix. I blame this on a lack of funding and resources. It was clear when I went there that they were understaffed.
The deafness is not a problem with training and signals, ear infections are easily treated, the agression with patience, caution, and positive training can be controlled but I cannot continue to break up dog fights in my home, on walks, at work, in the car, at the park. My dogs go almost everywhere with me.