Like myself and many others, after learning about this horrific crime against the innocent, you may find it impossible to comprehend the mind set of the individual who has been charged two counts of Animal Cruelty under the Canadian Federal Criminal Code.
Mountie says animal cruelty in Whati ‘heart-wrenching’
Puppy rescued from frozen garbage heap – Welland Tribune – Ontario, CA
Current temperatures have dropped to -28, feeling more like -41 with the windchill, where I am located. Further North you can believe it is much colder.
The obvious disregard for this pregnant female who was pushed out into the cold while she was in labor, resulted not only in her own death, but the death of her newborn puppies. The one surviving pup lost part of her nose due to severe frostbite. The other neglected dogs found in this persons yard, one on a 6″ leash and could not even lay down, have been seized.
Credit must be given to the individual who finally reported this case to the RCMP, however the question as to why it took so long for legal authorities to be called in must be raised. The other dogs found on this property were suffering from terrible neglect as well. Had authorities been called in sooner, to investigate and seize ALL the dogs, then that pregnant female would have been removed earlier, would have delivered her pups in a caring and safe environment.
The point being made here is that when ANYONE is witness to animal neglect, cruelty of any kind, immediate action must be taken in order to protect the animals involved, one should not wait until a dead dog is visible on someone’s property. The fear factor in making such a report is unnecessary as the complainants identity is protected by Law.
This case is being followed very carefully by Animal Rights Groups across the country, it is even now on Twitter. Specific documents have been provided which quote Sections 448 and 449 of the Federal Criminal Code. While two counts under the Federal Criminal Code have been laid against Bishop, it is imperative that the Crown utilize both Sections 448 and 449 in order to successfully prosecute this case. Further utilizing the recognized definitions of both Active and Passive Cruelty should be a NO BRAINER on the part of legal and judicial authorities. See below:
Following is a summary of the existing Criminal Code:
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:
- willfully cause or allow unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to an animal;
- by willful neglect cause injury to animals while they are being transported;
- abandon an animal or fail to provide it with enough suitable food, water, shelter, and care;
- participate in any way in the fighting of animals (example: arranging or attending a cockfight or dogfight);
- 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);
- 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 : Quoted from Pet-Abuse.com: Animal Cruelty (Please go to their site to learn more).
“Passive Cruelty (Acts of Omission)”
“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.”
“Active Cruelty (Acts of Comission)”
“Active cruelty implies malicious intent, where a person has deliberately and
intentionally caused harm to an animal, and is sometimes referred to as NAI
(Non-Accidental Injury). Acts of intentional cruelty are often some of the most
disturbing and should be considered signs of serious psychological problems.
This type of behavior is often associated with sociopathic behavior and should be
taken very seriously.”
Below is an excerpt from the ASPCA article “How to Recognize Cruelty” (please go to their site to learn more) and please visit the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association site and those of various Canadian Humane Societies and SPCA’s. All these sites contain a wealth of information which is readily at your disposal.
- Collar so tight that it has caused a neck wound or has become embedded in the pet’s neck
- Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that isn’t being treated
- Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, scaly skin, bumps or rashes
- Extreme thinness or emaciation—bones may be visible
- Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites
- Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes
- Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat
- Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally
- Heavy discharge from eyes or nose
- An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
- Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness
- Pets are tied up alone outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is unsanitary
- Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter
- Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them
- Animals are housed in kennels or cages (very often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around and make normal movements possibly with too many other animals
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One must also remember and recognize the vast number of accredited studies which link Animal Cruelty to Human Violence.