22 June 2015

All of us here at Farmer Dave Dog Centre remain saddened and distressed by the death of Wags while in our care earlier this month. Our Centre exists for the wellbeing of dogs, and for one to pass while staying at the Centre is a massive blow to us.

The death of Wags was a tragic accident, and we are sincerely sorry for the loss of this beloved dog while in our care. Our thoughts and condolences are with Wags' owner and family at this sad time and we are in direct contact with them. We have provided to the family a copy of the full report of what happened to Wags on his last day, which has also been provided to the RSPCA and the Hills Shire Council.

In summary, while we thought Wags, a 9 year old deaf dog, was asleep for 10 minutes in the rest yard with four other dogs after active play, a subsequent autopsy indicated Wags died after a single bite and shake by a small dog, similar in size to Wags.

As a result of this tragic incident, we are currently reviewing what dog breeds we will allow into our free range facility. To assist in this review, we have sought expert advice from the senior behaviourist at the Animal Welfare League NSW, a Veterinary Behaviourist as well as from several respected veterinarians.

We welcome and are co-operating fully with investigations being conducted by the RSPCA and Hills Shire and will take on board any recommendations they make for improving our systems and processes.

We want to thank our loyal customers and volunteers for your support as we work though this difficult time. We have cared for around 3,000 dogs since opening our doors for Boarding, Training and Daycare and every dog is special to us.

Dave Graham and Australian Canine Sports and Training Centre transform rescue dogs into superstars at Sydney Royal Easter Show

by: Shireen Khalil     From:  Inner West Courier Inner West  

Dave Graham has helped transform 70 rescue dogs into superstars. Pictures: Phil Rogers

Dave Graham has helped transform 70 rescue dogs into superstars. Pictures: Phil Rogers Source: News Limited

It’s hard to believe that the dogs chasing soccer balls, leaping over the high jump and launching themselves into a giant pool at the Sydney Royal Easter Show were once left at animal shelters by owners who couldn’t cope with their bad behaviour.

Read more: In the News - Transforming rescue dogs into superstars

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