These are excerpts from a Northern News Services article: Yellowknife (Aug 19/02)
“The Beaufort Delta SPCA is asking for help in finding the person responsible for starving and shooting a dog on the outskirts of Inuvik last week.”
“The dog was discovered weak, but still alive, tied to a tree by a short length of rope.
It had been shot in the head several days earlier. A few paces away, a dead husky was tied to another tree”
“Clovis Savoie, a 41-year-old welder, stumbled across the two animals Thursday morning. “I just about threw up,” Savoie said. “It’s sick to see something like that. That poor thing, just skin and bones. And it’s not a bad dog. It was jumping up, asking to go home.”
“The dog was a male German shepherd-mixed breed…..”
“Inuvik bylaw officer Randy Shermack said the north end of Navy Road seems to be a favourite location for people wanting to get rid of unwanted dogs. It’s happened out there on numerous occasions. We find dogs with plywood on their heads, shot.”
I got the further account of this story from the Executive Director of the Beaufort Delta SPCA. This dog, the one still alive, received a through and through gunshot to the head. Despite hoping the animal could be saved, it needed to be humanely put down. Right up to that very moment, moment of final release by lethal injection, this animal stood by my friend, wagging his tail and licking her hand.
I have to ask each of you. What would you have done? How would you have felt? How do you presently feel? Are you as outraged and disgusted as this writer or the people involved in finding and trying to save this animal? A perfectly health dog, tied to a tree, shot in the head, left for dead, but there alive for days, suffering from starvation, shock and a bullet wound, all the while waiting for his owner to return.
This is a far too frequent occurence and it is going on even now as I enter this new post. Animals of the North are in crisis, they need my help, they need your help if this blatant and willful cruelty is to end. Please speak up for these animals, make your voices loud and clear so that they will be heard. Feel very proud that you are doing so. SHOUT IT OUT. Please help to end this now.