just got back from the SPA in Tarbes as we were told that they would handle the situation, but alas, we were misinformed. I was pretty depressed when I saw it - I thought I was back in Bangladesh (were we taught and lived for 2 years) The sights, the sounds, the smells! and one lonely lady struggling! All the dogs get to eat is stale bread and they are locked into corrugated iron huts! Horrid that this exists in a developed, well-off country.
Since the owner has made no effort to reply to our letters etc over the past 2 weeks (we know from telephoning the mairie and gendarmerie that she is an 18 year old girl working in Toulouse who likely took on more than she can handle with a jack russell puppy), we are now told to contact the canine society and report 'a found dog'. Apparently the vet should have done this when we went to him to see if she was chipped - and she is- , but since there was no profit in it, he couldn't be bothered. So the saga continues, the lady in the SPA was quite bewildered why we want to go through all this "Can't you keep the dog just like this?" she asked. mmmm, different attitudes I guess.
In the meantime Poppy the dog is doing well. She had an eye infection and what looks like a tear in the corner of her eye, which is healing well. She is learning English commands like sit and come, and she is giving Timmy, our other dog, a run for his money! Training her now not to chase our cats - this one might take a little longer!