Please go to the link provided to watch the video involving the rescue of approximately 100 severely neglected sled dogs in the province of Quebec.
When I received this request for help requesting donations, I immediately responded with the following response below and I am happy to say that a reply email from HSICanada was forthcoming, that this issue here in the NT is being passed onto their Campaign Manager.
My Response to thier initial Alert:
This goes on constantly here in the Northwest Territories where there is no Animal Protection Act whatsoever. I am currently aware of at least 100 if not more huskies and smaller breeders that are in exactly the same situation right now in one location where I live and nothing is being done about it. Many communities in the NT have a strict shoot to kill on sight policy, dogs and puppies routinely rounded up and shot. Dogs left to starve and freeze to death and the owners are not prosecuted, RCMP turning a blind eye. For the last 26 months I have brought International attention to this situation, shone a negative spotlight on the NT to the point where the GNWT is Amending the Current Dog Act (pertains to dogs only) they are working towards a comprehensive Animal Protection Act for here as well but the process is slow. Mushers have opposed such protection and regulations for decades. Animals of all ages continue to remain chained, starving, neglected, dumped, abandoned and brutalized in the NT. We have no proper shelters here, no animal hospitals to speak of. Our town and neighboring area must rely on a travelling vet who comes up once a month from Alberta. Critically sick and injured animals must be flown to Yellowknife or shot. There are no laws to truly protect animals other than the Criminal Code Animal Cruelty Act, however it is not enforced. Even municipal By-Laws are ignored for the most part.
It is time that Humane Society International Canada came to the North to witness for itself the true state of animals up here.
Even PETA got involved in the Tuktoyaktuk case, to no avail. Animals left frozen to death on the ground, others shot and 3 surviving dogs left in the care of the abuser, despite desperate efforts to have them seized and rescued by the Director of the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA. Her pleas to RCMP were pushed aside, no charges were laid and the animals remained with the abuser. Also the case of the 44 sled dogs in Bechoko destroyed due to malnutrition, Dene Artist has charges stayed by Crown, then there are the4 (1 1/2 wk old) puppies found at Bechoko dump with throats slashed just recently, only one survived; animals are found tied to trees and gunshot left to die, or found at the town dump in the Beaufort area, their muzzles ducked tapes and heads smashed in, bestiality…we have it all in the NT. The Dir. of the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA has her hands full 99.9% of the time, Linda works tirelessly, heartbreaking work which often goes without support from legal authorities: See Blog articles on Tuktoyaktuk cases. It is she who was involved with the two dogs that were shot and left to die and who also found and humanely euthanized the animal frozen to the bottom of his doghouse. Are charges laid, 99.9% of the time never.
You do good work, how about doing some of that good work here in the Northwest Territories?
Animals need to be heard, need to be respected, need to have a voice and laws need to be taken seriously. I am from Ontario, moved north in 2005 and am sick, disgusted and appalled at what takes place up here..hence I have been fighting this with the government for 28 months to get positive action. The Animal Defense League of Canada has been of great support. I submitted over 3000 signatures from Canada and around the world to the government, (including the scathing comments from the I write and have published articles on Animal Care and Welfare for our local paper, media interviews about my work have been published, interviews with Linda have been published…and our work continues in seeking justice and betterment for animals here.
Go to my blog on wordpress: giftofloki.wordpress.com and see for yourself. Go thru the Archived material and get a look at the secrets of the North. I am attaching two horrific cases published by News North and also a picture of a dog abandoned found still alive frozen to the bottom of his doghouse in the Beaufort Delta Region where temps go -50 celcius, he was humanely put down, the other pic is of a young female found in my town in 2007 that prompted my immediate action for real legislation here.
Give your voice and your efforts to helping animals here in the NT, the situation here has been in crisis for decades. These helpless victims should not be forgotten.
Thank you for your time.