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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-19-2011, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Crate Divider Safety Warning

Saw this on the havshowforum list:

How horrible

This came across on one of the Newf lists, and blanket permission was given
to cross-post. Very scary!

Lynne Rutenberg

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I've been a member of this group for several years but have never posted
until now. My name is Kim Bratton and I am a newf breeder from Ohio. I've
had newfs for 20 years and been breeding on a small scale for about 9 years.
The reason I'm posting is to issue a warning out there to anyone who uses or
recommends using the dividers that come with the wire crates. I recently had
a litter of newf pups, and sent them to their new homes this past weekend. I
got a call Wed morning that no breeder ever wants to get. The phone rang at
6:30 a.m. which is never good as I don't get calls that early unless there
is a problem. It was a sobbing hysterical puppy buyer who got up to let her
puppy out to potty, only to find him dead....with his head hung between the
divider and the crate. She said the divider fit in very tight and was hard
to insert. He had somehow gotten loose one of the hooks that secures the
divider and got his head hung. She said she never heard a sound from him,
she guesses he was unable to make a noise by having his airway cut off. She
called the company who makes the crates, but wanted me to warn everyone I
could of the danger. I'm just sick over this and want to warn as many people
as possible.

Kim Bratton

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How awful!!! We never did this, because Kodi was reliable in his adult-sized crate (which is large for him even now) from the beginning. But I know I read in MANY places that it was a good thing to divide the crate to make it smaller for a young puppy. I can't even imagine how I would feel.

Thanks for warning us all!

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