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Mother and daughter, without shelter, starving.  Picture Courtesy: BDRSPCA Inuvik

This is NOT an Acceptable Practice

Per the letter dated December 22, 2010 which I received From MLA David Ramsay, Public Hearings on the above Bill to Amend the current NT Dog Act are now scheduled.

It is critical that this new Dog Act for the Northwest Territories become active Legislation,  while it is a vast improvement over the archaic existing Dog Act, remember it still only applies to DOGS and no other domestic animal.

The Northwest Territories has a very long way to go before a real pat on the back can be made.  Comprehensive Animal Protection must be put into place as has been done throughout the rest of Canada.

Quoted Excerpt from letter:

“This bill makes amendments to the Dog Act that:

1.  clarify that a dog is in distress if it does not have adequate food, water, shelter, necessary veterinary care or if it is subject to obvious abuse or neglect;

2.  make exceptions for locally accepted or traditional practices

3. allow bylaw and RCMP officers to enter a premises or vehicle and take custody of dogs in distress; and

4. increase the penalties for offenses under the Act to a maximum of a $5,000 fine and three months in jail for a single offence; and a $10,000 fine and six months in jail for repeat offences.”

“Written submissions are also encouraged and will be accepted until January 14, 2011″


Please note Item #2  could pose a real problem as a loophole in this new Act. The whole purpose of Animal Protection is just that protecting animals..i.e. if it is a locally accepted practice or locally accepted traditional practice to leave ones animal without shelter in sub-zero temperatures, or to feed every other day minimum food scraps…..or to neglect the animal for days…that is unacceptable under the Federal Criminal Code of Canada.

This Section of the Federal Criminal Code is quite Clear:

The Criminal Code is a federal law that is in force everywhere in Canada. Section 446 of the Criminal Code states:

You are guilty of an offence if you:

  1. willfully cause or allow unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to an animal;
  2. by willful neglect cause injury to animals while they are being transported;
  3. abandon an animal or fail to provide it with enough suitable food, water, shelter, and care;
  4. participate in any way in the fighting of animals (example: arranging or attending a cockfight or dogfight);
  5. administer a poison or injury-causing drug to any domestic or captive wild animal or allow this to happen (example: poisoning a neighbor’s cat or spraying a dog with oven cleaner);
  6. are involved in any way with the release of captive birds for the purpose of shooting them;

Note: Section 429 of the Criminal Code defines “willful” in the following way:

“If you cause something to happen, either by doing it or by not doing something you should do, and you know what the results will be, you are considered to have done so “willfully”. (Example: failing to feed an animal could be considered to a “willful” act, since you know that an animal will starve if it is not fed).”

In addition:

that Criminal Code s.448 (3) states:

“For the purposes of proceedings under paragraph (1)(a) or (b), evidence that a person failed to exercise reasonable care or supervision of an animal or a bird thereby causing it pain, suffering, damage or injury is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that the pain, suffering, damage or injury was caused or was permitted to be caused wilfully, or was caused by wilful neglect, as the case may be.”

Passive Cruelty (Acts of Omission) Quoted from  Pet-Abuse.com
“Passive cruelty is typified by cases of neglect, where the crime is a lack of action rather than the action itself – however do not let the terminology fool you. Severe animal neglect can cause incredible pain and suffering to an animal.
Examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and failure to seek veterinary care when an animal needs medical attention.
In many cases of neglect where an investigator feels that the cruelty occurred as a result of ignorance,
they may attempt to educate the pet owner and then revisit the situation to check for improvements. In
more severe cases however, exigent circumstances may require that the animal is removed from the site
immediately and taken in for urgent medical care.”

Please submit your own comments to: before January 14, 2011

Hon. Robert McLeod,
Minister Municipal and Community Affairs
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

MLA, David Ramsay, Chairman
Standing Committee on Economic Development and Infrastructure
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Fax:  867-873-0432
Phone: 867-669-2299

 

Calls for animal cruelty laws grow louder

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2009-03/mar6_09brf2.html

A brutal act


Owner woke up to discover his dog murdered


http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/1999-09/sep27_99dog.html

Nunavut, N.W.T. have worst animal protection laws in Canada: report

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2009/05/21/animal-defense-report.html

MEETINGS AS SCHEDULED

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My dog and I live in this house. You are welcome to come and visit me anytime but we have a few things that you must understand before you visit.

You must expect a few dog hairs to stick to your clothes. I vacuum and clean every day but a Dog lives in this house too.

You may be licked and given a paw a few times but he does this because he loves people and wants to say hello, so if you feel that you are too good for his love then you are not welcome here because this is his home too.

My dog is well mannered and very clean but if you are one of those people who think all animals are dirty and smell then go away. You are not the type of person that I care to associate with.

If you don’t like the sound of barking, then my home is not going to be a comfortable place for you to visit. My dog protects me by letting me know I have a visitor. Whether it be a friend or uninvited stranger. If you are a friend, my dog will consider you his friend too but if you are an unwelcome guest, my dog will protect me with his life as I would his. Do not expect me to lock my dog in another room during your visit. I have trained my dog well so he will not do anything to you except maybe want a pat on the head. I will not subject him to feel as if he is being punished by locking him away for no reason. That would just be cruel.

When you walk in my home, be careful not to trip on a squeaky toy or a bone. These are my dog’s little treasures and I will not take them away from him just to show you that I keep a clean house. He knows where all his toys are. They may not look like much to you, but to him, they are worth more than gold.

You see, This is OUR home. We have been together since he was a small pup scampering around the house, a tiny bit of a thing only a few weeks old. I raised him into a well mannered, beautifully behaved dog. I am proud of him.

I consider him my personal gift from God. He has done nothing but give me his endless love and devotion for many years. I love him dearly and want to make his years happy ones. As happy as he makes mine. When you go home to your family, he stays here with me. A fine and loving companion. He is MY family and I wouldn’t change that for the world. When times were hard, we both went hungry. When it was cold and there was no heat, we both kept each warm. When I was sick, he stayed right by my side as I did his when he was not having a good day.

A better friend I could not ask for. When no one else cared, my dog did. He has given me nothing but pure joy and I love him endlessly.

So please understand that I am not being rude. I’m just looking out for my best friend.

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A few days ago I posted an ALERT in an attempt to locate the owners of the nursing mother picked up in Hay River, NT.  This nursing mom had obviously only recently given birth, her teats swollen with milk as was her vulva.

Desperate attempts were made to locate the owners, who failed to come forward.  Walking her on a leash within the area she was found, in the hope that she would lead one to her pups or to her home was all in vain.

I had also posted the link to the story of “Yuki” , the sole surviving puppy rescued in Wha Ti, NT.  When RCMP arrived on the property, her mother and siblings were found frozen to death in sub-zero temperatures.  When Yuki’s mother had gone into labor she was basically pushed outside to deliver her puppies.  Little “Yuki” survived by the Grace of God and in the process lost part of her tiny nose due to severe frostbite.  Earlier this year a number of other animals had been seized from this property and when Yuki was rescued an additional 3-4 other severely neglected dogs were also seized from this owner.  This person now faces charges and is yet to appear in court.  “Yuki” is recovering thankfully, but her mother and siblings paid the ultimate price.

So this brings us back to that of the Nursing mom found here and her puppies that were never found ….likely they too are dead.  Were they born outside as well in sub-zero temperatures?  Or had the owners merely let her outside to void herself?  Could they not pay the fines involved in order to reclaim her? therefore not coming forward.  Or did they just not care enough?  Or is this mom just one more casualty of total indifference?

Once again, this morning, an urgent call has come in from another area of Canada that being Manitoba.  Puppies found frozen to death, animals abandoned, neglected, uncared for.  Dog populations exploding because proper veterinary care is unavailable, because of remote location, because of poverty in the community.

Manitoba recently passed a new Animal Health Care Act, which came into effect October 2010.  How wonderful, if it is actively and efficiently enforced.  If it services all areas across Manitoba and not just the rural and city communities.

Remote areas and communities in Canada do not have the luxuries of properly equipped animal shelters, with dedicated highly trained professionals.  Nor do remote communities have the luxury of resident veterinarians or veterinary hospitals.  More often than not, they also do not have veterinarians who travel to their communities, as is the case here in Hay River, NT.  We are very fortunate, our dedicated vet comes in from Alberta.

That being said, the question as to WHY networking and support for these remote areas and communities in other areas of Canada has not been properly established.  Dog populations have exploded, due to the lack of mobile free spay/neuter clinics visiting these areas of greatest need.

WSPA, did a couple of years ago, conduct a very successful clinic;  Fort Providence, NT also conducted a very successful clinic.  Inuvik has a relocation program established as does Yellowknife and Hay River.

IFAW:  International Fund for Animal Welfare with their Northern Dog Initiative a number of years ago, HSI Canada, Northern Lights Dog Rescue, and other groups have stepped up to the plate.

Would it not be wonderful to see Provincial Government step up to the plate as well?  Would it not be wonderful to put together a group of traveling veterinarians to visit these communities;  just as so many communities depend upon LOCAMS (medical doctors who visit for a number of weeks on rotation).

There are many rescue groups across this vast landscape, there are many well established city shelters that take in rescued animals from remote communities, but they can only do so much themselves.  Most are charitable organizations dependent upon dedicated volunteers and the generosity of their supporters.  Most do not receive Federal Funding or Provincial Funding whatsoever.

Recently a Protest Rally was held in Winnipeg on the steps of the Legislative Building.  Protesting the inaction and failure to not only investigate but also to uphold the laws governing animal cruelty.  The case was specific, however it has shed a great deal of light on the decades old problem.

Taxpayer dollars pay the salaries of all Municipal Officials, Government Ministers and Employees across Canada, in essence, these officials work for the electorate.  They are elected officials in whom the voters held enough confidence to vote for, making the assumption that their elected representatives will pro-actively take on and find solutions.  Hhhhmmm!  Just what does that mean?

It means total  accountability and total transparency of all government offices,  budgets and internal structures.  It means actively doing the best that one can in order to provide the required services needed everywhere within the respective Province or Territory.  It means listening, it means responding to complaints, suggestions and recommendations;  it means listening to those private citizens who stand up, speak out and demand action.

What it does not mean is shuffling paper, passing the buck to various other Government Departments, ignoring reports and complaints of situations that require immediate attention, in the hope of keeping one’s hands clean or that it will go away.  It means representing the concerns of the people, the electorate that put them in office.

In 2010 a growing awareness and intolerance of Animal Cruelty on all levels began to snow ball.  This is a Universal Awareness and it continues to grow.  The well researched and documented Link Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence has seen countless publications, is well recognized by Legal Authorities, Medical Professionals and those in the dedicated field of Family Counciling.  In the years yet to come, this Global awareness will continue to sky rocket, more public outrage will be heard and governments of all manner and kind everywhere are going to have to pay attention.

Question:  Why have not the Canadian Provincial and Federal Government Leaders acknowledged this link between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence?  Done something to curb violence against animals? and in turn human victims?   Why has the Federal Government not updated the current Federal Criminal Code as yet, despite the pressure applied to do so?  Why are not Municipal and Provincial laws being enforced effectively in order to punish those who continue to cause so much pain and suffering to those who cannot speak for themselves.  Why are the courts hesitant to prosecute charges?  Under Section 448 of the F.C.C. the animals in themselves are evidence of wilful neglect, so that loophole does not apply.  PASSIVE Cruelty is a criminal offence.

HHHMMMM!!!      Something to definitely ask oneself is it not.

On November 1, 2010 the Government of the NT brought before their Legislative Assembly the new Dog Act which for three years I have fought for.  The first step towards the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act I am after.  This new Act will hopefully become law 120 days from November 1, 2010..meaning by March 1, 2011.  We will have to wait and see.  This new Act pertains to dogs only and no other domestic animals unfortunately so there remains a great deal of work yet to be done.

The point being made is that no matter what Municipal, Provincial, Territorial or Federal Laws are in place, they are not worth the paper they are written on unless they are effectively being enforced, unless there is total accountability on the part of  the law makers, that all reports are actively investigated, and that all offenders are duly charged, go to trial and face the consequences of their actions.

The next time you are asked to vote, query your prospective elected representatives on where they actually stand.  Request written responses and hold them to what they have to say.  Be it animal issues or not.  Remember they work for you, it is not the other way around and it is only from your support do they have their jobs and  life style secured.

To learn more about Active/Passive Animal Cruelty please go to www.Pet-Abuse.com

http://arkansasnews.com/2009/01/05/expert-cites-links-between-animal-cruelty-child-abuse/

http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/publications/biosecurity-magazine/issue-80/animal-abuse

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=0+1278+1495&aid=3120

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/magazine/13dogfighting-t.html

Center for Research on Violence Against Women and Children. www.uwo.ca/violence/html/petabuselinks.html

Center for the Human-Animal Bond, Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. www.vet.purdue.edu/chab/abuse.htm

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE

Safe, Happy Christmas for your Pet

 

Christmas and New Years is a magical time for the kids and a hectic time for the grown-ups. It is also a very stressful and a very dangerous time for your companion animals.

Making that living room come alive with Christmas Decorations, getting that perfect tree ready and filling your home with beautiful festive plants can pose many dangers to curious pets.

Not to mention the comings and goings of family members and friends who will drop in making it far too easy for a pet to slip outside unnoticed.  With these extreme temperatures that is not a good thing.

Remember to have an ID on your pet’s collar, just in case he/she slips out unnoticed.  This will allow the pet to be easily reunited with you. The best

precaution is to advise your guests and family visitors that you have animals in the house and that they are NOT to be allowed out unless tethered.  Even better is to place your pet in another room when your guests arrive and depart, that will ensure no accidental slipping out the door or accidentally being run over when a guest arrives or leaves.  A dear friend’s dog was run over by a houseguest two years ago.

Please do not tie your pet outside and leave him/her there for the sake of houseguests, and convenience, the temperatures are far too extreme.

Rule of thumb: if it is too cold for you to be out there, it is too cold for your pet. Pets do suffer severe frostbite to ears, tails, noses and eyes.  The damage is irreversible and many pets have lost ear tips, their tails and as in the rescued Whati puppy part of her tiny nose due to frostbite.  In extreme cold blood flow decreases to the extremities, normal blood flow to legs and tails, is diverted and pumped to the major organs: the brain, lungs and heart, therefore there is a direct loss of heat protection to the feet, tails, legs and ears.  In addition, the eating of snow by your pet causes dehydration, which when severe will result in kidney and liver failure that will kill any animal.

 

Holiday activity and guests can really stress your pet out and be very frightening.  Your pet can easily experience tummy upsets and sudden illness. Ensure your pet has a safe and secure place where they can hide out if need be.

Remember that the holiday season is not the right time to introduce a new companion animal  into your home due to the hectic pace during the holiday season. Loud noises and many strangers coming and going will make transition very difficult and often traumatic for a new companion animal.  Best to wait until the festivities are over and done, when it is only family members and a quiet household allowing the newcomer time to adjust in their own fashion and you to devote the time needed to train and bond with your new animal. You can hold off until the activities are over and the house is free of hazardous Christmas decorations before adopting that new furry friend.

 

Here are some suggested safety tips to use to help your pet

stay safe, healthy and happy this Holiday Season, after all they

are members of your family too.

 

Omit holiday plants such as mistletoe, poinsettia, lilies and holly.  While pretty and temporary they can be deadly to your pet if ingested.

When putting up that tree, anchor it solidly to prevent it from falling on your pet and child.  Tinsel while nice to look at, if ingested can wrap around the bowel of your pet, and can also block the bowel. Cats in particular are drawn to this shiny stuff.  If you must use tinsel place it high on your tree.  Glass ornaments which may look like toys can do terrible internal damage if ingested, place them so that your pet cannot reach them. Spray snow is also toxic to your pet and many lights that flicker on and off or change colour contain a liquid solution which can poison your pet. The blinking could also trigger a seizure if the animal suffers from epilepsy.

Do not allow your pet to drink the stagnant water placed in the

tree holder if you use a real tree,  it may contain fertilizers from the tree sap and it often contains harmful bacteria. Remember to pickup those pine needles that fall, one can lodge in a pets throat or get caught up in the bowel.

Puppies have a tendency to chew, so be weary of your electrical cords.  Plastic from your children’s toys if ingested can cause intestinal blockage as well as choke your pet, so putting away the new toys will save you on vet bills and toy replacement. Some toys also need batteries and the acid in those batteries will cause severe burn damage to a pet as well as poison them.  Remember to pick up all that beautiful wrapping paper and pretty ribbon, that  also poses a very real health risk to your pet, and get rid of those candy wrappers too.

Often new boots and shoes come with small silica pouches in the box, discard those pouches before you wrap the gift, you will be protecting your pet.

Then there are the goodies one serves at this time of year, many are extremely toxic to pets. As tempting as those dark eyes are, pleading with you and your guests so earnestly, do not feed your pets human food and stress this to your guests,  many foods can cause vomiting and diarrhea, even serious illness and poisoning.  All forms of

Chocolate, Alcohol, Onions/Garlic, Nuts of any kind, and some Fruits are highly toxic and could result in death. That little bit of turkey, skin and gravy is very rich and can result in quite a mess to clean up.

Keep your normal exercise and playtime with your pet, even though you might be feeling the stress of the season.  Your pet feels that same stress and the disruption of quality time with you will cause confusion and upset for them.

Precautions when buying new toys for your pets just requires some common sense.  Anything that is so small it can be swallowed is a no-no, it can become lodged in their windpipe and  can block their intestines; avoid toys with glass eyes and noses which can be ripped out and swallowed, the backs of these things are very pointed and sharp; toys with bells inside, plastic toys that become splintered and toys with beans in them are additional no-no’s.  As for treats, too much rawhide can block the intestines, and pigs ears can contain salmonella.  Go for the Dental Sticks, Milk Bones, Beggin’ Strips and if you are really energetic how about some homemade dog biscuits.

 

 

Have a Safe, Happy and Healthy Holiday.  Our Best Wishes for 2011.

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HAY RIVER , NT ALERT!!!

 

THIS NURSING MOTHER WAS PICKED UP ON FIR CR, IN THE 553 AREA,  WEDNESDAY NIGHT BY THE HAY RIVER BY-LAW OFFICER AND TAKEN TO TOWN SHELTER .  SHE HAD RECENTLY GIVEN BIRTH AND, SHE IS LACTATING. HER PUPPIES NEED HER MILK TO SURVIVE.  HER OWNER HAS NOT COME FORWARD.

ALL OUT EFFORT TO FIND HER OWNERS AND HER PUPPIES SO FAR UNSUCCESSFUL.

ANYONE WHO RECOGNIZES THIS DOG PLEASE CONTACT ME BY COMMENTING ON THIS POST.  I WILL RECEIVE A NOTICE BY EMAIL.

OR CALL

HAY RIVER SPCA AT 874-3667

SHELTER MANAGER:  876-1738

PLEASE ALSO ENSURE THAT YOU DO NOT LET YOUR DOG OUT LOOSE FOR ANY REASON, WHEN YOU, DO TIE THEM!!

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Despite the many complaints received over the years about the accused, Walter Goba, nothing was ever done by Manitoba officials to effectively shut him down.

Given that the accused, Walter Goba  had previously been charged under the Animal Control Act in February 2009 and March 2010, WHY was this individual still in possession of any animal???  Why was no order for seizure issued out of the Manitoba’s Chief Veterinarians Office??  Why was this individual not also charged under the Federal Criminal Code of Canada????

The question as to WHY  there was such complacency and indifference to so many  complaints over the years, resulting in horrendous years of suffering inflicted upon these animals MUST be answered.

Minister’s responsible for overseeing the Animal Care Act of Manitoba have now heard the call by Manitobans for their resignations: Former Agriculture Minister Rosann Wowchuck and the current Minister Stan Stuthers .  Ms. Wowchuk is now the Finance Minister of Manitoba.

You can write your own letters of support of this action to:

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger

204 Legislative Building

450 Broadway

Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8

FAX:  204-949-1484

 

Due to copyright:  please view links below.

http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/manitoba/2010/12/14/16549646.htm

“Protest targets animal Abuse Case”

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2010/12/13/man-animal-abuse-complaints.html


Winnipeg Free Press – ONLINE EDITION

Protesters ask, why abuse was allowed to continue?

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Protest-to-put-spotlight-on-abused-animals-111854099.html

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maltrattiamoli/162713410423209

It is absolutely deplorable that Facebook would allow this   It is now against the law
in the USA   Obama signed the bill yesterday.
FaceBook Users please voice your disgust at this.
Thank you.

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