Inuvik, NWT: 2009 Before picture taken by Dir. Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA of a young husky who appeared at her residence. Dog was very skittish, very afraid and would not allow anyone to get close. Food and water was provided for many days and trust was starting to build. Note that her body condition and health appeared good. Then one day the dog had disappeared. Unsuccessful efforts were made to locate her. Many months later she was discovered, chained, neglected and starving. Another victim of complacency she Crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
How many times are we all outraged when we hear about child abuse and child pornagraphy, crimes against the innocent.
Think about this. When a child is showing visible bruising, fear of going home or fear of a neighbor the alarm bells go off immediately and proper authorities are called in. It is taken seriously and an investigation begins.
An animal does not have that luxury. An animal must rely soley on the moral ethics and courage or people to speak out for them; they have no voice and must suffer in silence.
A child can go to a teacher or a parent, or the parent of a friend. An animal cannot.
I ask everyone to have the courage to speak up for animals that you have witnessed to be in crisis. When you go for walks carry your cell phone (most can take pictures) or digitial camera. Look in your neighbors backyards. Dogs without proper shelter, water and food, chained on very short leads, living in their own filth and strewn garbage, injured and sick animals; you will find them out there. Pitiful, starving, meglect and without hope. You will see it in their eyes.
Have the courage, take the pictures, put what you have witnessed in writing; keep copies of all of it for yourself and take it to your local authorities. Insist that this be investigated. If the report is in writing, it is difficult for action not to be taken, there is no excuse for failing to investigate. Follow up a few days later to find out if anything has been done to help the animal you reported. and keep the pressure on until something is done.
The Link between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence is well studied and is recognized by legal authorities around the world as an indicator for future violent offenders. Browse the Internet and you will find many studies.
Complaceny killed this beautiful young husky.
How many are you willing to save today?