Hi all, Used to post her quite often a few years back but lost my account, thought it'd be a good place to ask for advice on behalf of my family, who are losing their minds over this. Long story short-ish - almost two weeks ago someone pointed the finger at my disabled uncle for not taking care of his dog. It's a long haired breed and likes to give a paw....The person who reported to the RSPCA was affronted by the fact that the dog had a series of small mats on the fur of their feet where mud had dried and hardened..... At that time we'd had a lot of wet weather and these mats apparently seem to accumulate very quickly during wet weather. My uncle explained this to the visitor, and admitted the usually daily groom had gone by the wayside for over a week as my cousin (the one who is physically able to groom the dog) had been seriously ill and unable to do much of anything beyond lie in bed battling a fever. Visitor didn't seem to accept this, having never owned a dog and having a general attitude about disabled people owning pets they were apparently suspicious and adamant the dog was neglected in some way. Anyway, nothing more was thought of it, but on Friday the RSPCA knock my uncle/cousin's door....saying they've had a complaint raised about a dog who's fur is matted. My cousin knows his rights regarding the RSPCA powers to enter etc and has heard horror stories from friends and neighbours, newspapers and the like. He refused to allow the RSPCA guy access or to see the dog, apparently he seemed friendly and polite despite this and my cousin getting a bit defensive. Asked a few questions and offered help, which my cousin turned down. (As the small paw mats are now completely gone since my cousin has recovered enough to catch up on task like that now) Anyways, cousin explained the situation and said that he had a gut feeling this was coming after uncle's visitor copped an attitude over the dog giving them a paw. RSPCA person apparently seemed to accept the explanation, asked if any help was needed (cousin declined) and left without seeing the dog or probing any further. However, both my cousin and my uncle are now spinning out thinking that this is only the tip of the iceberg. The horror stories they've heard have them anticipating the RSPCA camped outside their house watching for him coming and going with/without the dog, getting over the back garden etc looking for any excuse to enter the house and potentially take the dog. This is also having a huge impact on my uncle especially, who is disabled and the dog is literally the only reason he'll get out of bed most days. He worships it, has raised him from six weeks old and nursed him back to health (six hours a day physical therapy) after an horrific car accident five years ago almost rendered the dog permanently paralyzed. At the annual vet checkup at the end of January, the vet apparently praised my cousin for what good condition the dog was in and how he didn't look anything close to his age. Needless to say, my uncle would be devastated if something were to happen to his dog, especially over something so ridiculous in the bigger picture. He and my cousin are very worried the RSPCA will be looking for another reason to call now, and potentially making an excuse to come down hard on them to get access to the dog.... Anyway, my question is - does anyone know what happens now with the RSPCA in a situation like this? Since they didn't get to see the dog, will they continue to monitor the address in any way, shape or form? For example, are they allowed to set up some kind of surveillance/monitoring for something as silly as a report of "matted fur"? Or will they just sign off on it but keep a record just in case of future complaints? Has anyone had a similar experience and lived to tell the tale? How likely is it that they will return in the (near) future? If they come back, my cousin is adamant he won't let them in. However, while I know this is an advised course of action with a lot of pet owner groups, I think it makes him/my uncle look guilty of something.... Fortunately, I know he's not, as the dog is the best cared for out of the three of them, it's a family joke how well the dog fed and how he's number one priority for my uncle at all times. I am very concerned for what this is doing to my uncle's mental health, as the mere suggestion that the dog might be taken is crushing him and would like to reassure him somehow, but obviously don't want to give false hope either. Any insight or advice would be a big help, thanks for reading!