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PUBLISHED WITH PERMISSION OF MR. CRAIG C DOWNER

February 27, 2012

Battle Mountain District Office

Bureau of Land Management

50 Bastion Road

Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820

Fax 775-635-4000. Tel.. 775-635-4034

Email: mhmm_project@blm.gov

Attention: Angelica Rose

Dear Sir/Mame:

I have just reviewed your DEIS on the Eureka Moly company’s Mount Hope mining project particularly as it affects wild horses in their legal herd management areas of Robert, Whistler, Fish Creek, etc. I find this mining project to be entirely unacceptable and contrary to the chief mandates of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.  As spelled out in the DEIS, the Mount Hope open-pit mining project would directly remove tens of thousands of acres of wild horse and other wildlife habitat and have a pervasive negative impact on adjoining areas over a broad circumference.  The negative impact would continue for several decades, more probably even centuries into the future. The projected negative impacts to the water sources and to the existing vegetative communities (to which the wild horses have adapted over the generations here) would devastate these populations and the wild-horse-containing habitat that has adjusted to and in many ways benefited from their presence. The proposed mitigating measures are unrealistic and a mere whitewash for the unacceptable damage that would be caused. I strongly urge adoption of the NO ACTION alternative. To do otherwise would violate the WFHBA on many points in addition to NEPA, since the proposed action would constitute a significant negative impact on the formerly healthy and vital Roberts Mountain Complex wild horse herd. I have visited this herd and would be personally and professionally impacted by the enactment of this project.

In reading the DEIS, I have noted the following points:

(1) When stating that there are “no natural predators” of wild horses found in the area        you are misleading the public. The puma (Felis concolor) occurs here and is a significant natural predator of these animals. Coyotes may also take foals and other disadvantaged wild horses. These species should not be overlooked nor should our own species, members of which do frequently and illegally kill wild horses, either directly or indirectly.

(2) Your analysis lacks consideration of the negative ecological effects of the more shallow water table drainages, as would be caused by the huge open pit, trenches, as well as the short- and long-term toxic effects of chemicals used in crushed ore leaching and natural leaching of discarded crushed ores that  involves sulfur and nitric acids. These ill-effects can last for centuries into the future. You should do an analysis of both one-foot and five-foot drainages, including maps, for these affect many species, and it would prove very difficult to adequately mitigate for their pervasive ecological damages.

(3) You need to examine the mandate of the WFHBA to maintain a “Thriving Natural Ecological Balance” as per Section 3a.  This unanimously passed Act represents the General Public’s keen interest in our public lands and its, in fact, returned North American native wild horses and burros. The Mount Hope project would clearly upset this balance and, for this reason, needs to be cancelled. In it there would be no hope at all for the beautiful natural life community and its wild horses. Your treatment of the long-term viability of the affected wild horse population and the meta-population to which it contributes is entirely lacking.

(4) In my opinion, this mining project jeopardizes the long-term health and viability of the herd and herds surviving here and in no way accords with Section 2c of the WFHBA. This section defines a legal herd area as “the amount of land necessary to sustain an existing herd or herds of wild free-roaming horses and burros … and which is devoted principally but not necessarily exclusively to their welfare in keeping with the multiple use management concept for the public lands.”

Finally: if we take “multiple use” to mean a balanced representation of all the values and presences on the public lands taken as a whole, then the proposed action through its undermining of the relatively minor presence of wild horses in their small fraction of the public lands where they have a legal to live – clearly does not accord with true multiple use.  This violates the WFHBA as well as the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Public Lands Improvement Act, the Multiple Use and Sustainability Act and others.

Sincerely,

Craig C. Downer

Wildlife Ecologist & Author

P.O. Box 456

Minden, NV 89423

PLEASE PUT AN END TO THE BLOOD SOAKED HANDS OF CANADA.  PLEASE RAISE YOUR VOICES AND SAVE THESE MAGNIFICENT EQUINES.

Please support NDP, MP Alex Atamanenko’s call to close all Canadian Horse Slaughter plants.

http://www.alexndp.ca/

http://alexndp.ca/files/2011/12/ndp-calls-on-government-to-shut-down-horse-slaughter-industry/

“It is criminal to sell this meat to humans and the government must shut this industry down immediately”…

Contact Alex and give him your support.

 

Ottawa Office: atamaa@parl.gc.ca
525 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
1-613-996-8036
Fax: 1-613-943-0922

To protest against the inhumane slaughter of horses in Canada and the fact that many of these animals are unfit for human consumption due to the many drugs administered to domestic horses also slaughtered for their meat.

Contact:  Minister of Agriculture: Gerry Ritz: 781 Confederation Bldg., House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Ritz.G@parl.gc.ca

                 Dr. Brian Evans, Chief Veterinary Officer of Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Geoge Da Pont, President, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

1400 Merivale Rd, Tower 1, Floor 6, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9

  brian.evans@inspection.gc.ca

Speech for Wild Horse Summit, Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 12, 2008, organized by ISPMB

http://rtfitch.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/renowned-wild-horse-expert-disputes-blms-flawed-math/

In 2008 Mr. Craig C. Downer a renowned Wild Horse Expert delivered his speech:

Wildhorses in America: Act Now: Please

Paul’s message to President Obama, March 2010, outside the American Embassy, London

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J9m_qkB_14

From:  defendhorsescanada.org/do-it-now.html : The CHDC has documents evidence of horse neglect and abuse…the Federal Health of Animals Act is not enforced, the Recommended Code of Practice for Care and Handling of Farm Animals: Transportation of Horses in not enforced.

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (website post) : Chambers of Carnage: A Sweeping Undercover Investigation of Canada’s Leading Equine Slaughterhouses.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/683061/chambers-of-carnage-a-sweeping-undercover-investigation-of-canada-s-leading-equine-slaughterhouses

 

Animal Defense League of Canada Newsletter: Bulletin #179 – Spring/Summer 2012 :

ADLC Website:  www.ncf.ca/animal-defence

“The CFIA has reviewed the report and initiated an immediate investigation of the facilities in question to ensure that proper procedures are being followed and that mandated standards for duty of care are being consistently met…”

“Ask the Ministers for the results of that investigation of the videoed horrific abuse of horses – use of whips and electric prods, repeated botched attempts to stun horses at Canada’s equine slaughterhouses –and what legal action is being taken”.


FROM:

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

 Take Action

Thursday: National Call-In Day to Protest Interior Secretary Salazar’s Pro-Horse Slaughter Appointment

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1196272

Reminder: Speak Up for Idaho’s Wild Horses in Challis

 

FOREVER WILD AND FREE

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/forever-wild-and-free/

 

 

IS IT BAD ENOUGH FOR YOU 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu_1KDf8bwY

CANADA BLOODIES HER HANDS AS USUAL!!! END THIS NOW!!

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/canada-bloodies-her-hands-as-usual-end-this-now/

See Stats Canada chart showing number of American horses imported into this country for slaughter, the US banned this yrs ago and shut down their own slaughterhouses

 

Dirty little secret: Canada’s slaughter industry under fire

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1032379–dirty-little-secret-canada-s-slaughter-industry-under-fire

4 Slaughter Houses in Quebec, 1 slaughter house in Alberta

 

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/the-continuous-brutal-slaughter-of-the-wild-horses-and-burros-in-the-u-s-must-be-stopped/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/death-agony-wild-horse-roundup/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/save-americas-wild-horses-and-burros-demand-a-moratorium-on-all-round-ups-now/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/wild-horses-of-the-u-s-the-slaughter-must-be-stopped/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/the-blm-censoring-wild-horse-roundups/

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Infamous Horse Slaughter Advocate Appointed to BLM Advisory Board

 :http://rtfitchauthor.com/2012/02/23/salazar-obamas-blm-stick-it-to-the-wild-horses-burros-and-the-american-public/

 

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSES HEART:  FOR THE WILD HORSES: CLOG THE FAX

http://rtfitchauthor.com/2012/02/01/for-the-wild-horses-clog-the-fax/

New Heroes for Horses helping SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES with Billboards in New Jersey!   

http://savingamericashorses.blogspot.com/2012/01/saving-americas-horses-billboard.html

FROM EQUINE WELFARE ALLIANCE

Presidio Federal Vet Wants No More Calls Complaining About Horses

http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/13826

Federal Vets Ignored Misuse of Coggins Certificates at Presidio Holding Pens

http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/13804

Hurdles looming ahead for equine processing plants

http://nptelegraph.com/articles/2012/01/25/news/60004340.txt

Horse truck driver alleges abuse after Middle Tennessee crash

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Wild for Life Foundation Inc (WFLF) is a 501 (c)(3) volunteer-based, non profit charity. Contributions may be made payable to Wild for Life Foundation and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
For Immediate Release
Wild for Life Foundation
Animal Law Coalition
February 13, 2012
Los Angeles, CA

Facts that Refute the 7 Most Common Myths about Horse Slaughter” is a powerful new tool released by Wild for Life Foundation for the protection of equines from cruelty in the U.S. “The report provides dynamic talking points that directly counter the onslaught of misinformation triggered by the lifting of the defunded USDA horse slaughter inspections in November 2011″, says Katia Louise, Founder and President Wild for Life Foundation

Laura Allen, director of Animal Law Coalition observes, “The WFLF fact sheet should be distributed to each member of Congress who is deciding whether to endorse the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. Our opponents have waged an insidious, well-funded disinformation campaign to re-open U.S. horse slaughter houses. Even the GAO was duped. Through its film and research, WFLF brings home that horse slaughter is a cruel, inhumane practice that leaves communities devastated with the stench, the environmental contamination, and the economic losses of this sleazy business. Americans understand this as a recent ASPCA poll demonstrates. More than 80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter for human consumption. It’s time Congress and the President heard that.”
Katia is also the Director, Producer of the award winning film, SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES. The film is in post production pending final processing and packaging with public release targeted for later this year.
SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES is an intelligent and hard hitting expose` that reveals how government agencies and corporate interests run over the laws that are supposed to protect the horses.
The documented evidence of cruelty, egregious violations of the law and a lack of enforcement by the USDA led to the closure of horse slaughter houses in 2007, but in the absence of federal ban on horse slaughter, U.S. horses continue to be shipped across the borders where they are inhumanely slaughtered to this very day. Now, pro-slaughter interests intend to open once again horse slaughter facilities in the U.S.
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, S.B. 1176, would put a stop to this plan and also stop the export of U.S. horses for slaughter  for human consumption. (The House version of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is known as H.R. 2966.)
Everyone should see this international award winning landmark film, SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES – A NATION BETRAYED.  It’s a wakeup call that will undoubtedly inspire the support needed to get SB1176 passed.”
Your donation to Wild for Life Foundation is tax deductible and can make all the difference in bringing this film to the public.
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Wild for Life Foundation Inc (WFLF) is a 501 (c)(3) volunteer-based, non profit charity dedicated to providing lifesaving stewardship to rescue horses in need and the public with learning experiences that inspire advocacy for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Victory for Wild Horses in North Carolina

Reblogged from Victories for the Animals:

http://victoriesfortheanimals.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/victory-for-wild-horses-in-north-carolina/

The Lasso Tightens Around America’s Wild Horses

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/02/the-lasso-tightens-around-americas-wild-horses/252948/

 

Congress considers ending horse slaughter for human consumption: please contact your congresspeople

http://our-compass.org/2012/01/20/congress-considers-ending-horse-slaughter-for-human-consumption-please-contact-your-congresspeople/

 

AMERICAN WILD HORSE PRESERVATION CAMPAIGN :  NEWS:  Quoted from email received.

PLEASE HELP BY DONATING TO THEIR LITIGATION FUND

AWHPC Lawsuit Prompts US Forest Service to Drop the Roundup of 198 Wild Horses

On “Valentine’s Day, the U.S. Department of Justice signed an agreement with our attorneys to cancel the roundup and removal of 198 wild mustangs living in the Monte Cristo Wild Horse Territory (WHT), which is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. The action is a direct result of our lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM’s) in Nevada, and specifically against the BLM’s roundup plan for the Pancake Complex, of which the Monte Cristo WHT is a part.”

“This is just the latest development in this critically important legal effort, which we have launched in conjunction with The Cloud Foundation and Western Watersheds Project. Our lawsuit has already:
 Blocked the BLM’s devastating plan to replace up to 200 wild free-roaming horses in the Pancake Complex with castrated stallions, and
  Stopped the agency from ‘zeroing out” (eliminating all wild horses from) the Jakes Wash Herd Area, which also lies within the Pancake Complex.”

“Although we are sorely disappointed that we could not stop the entire Pancake Complex roundup, legally that just was not possible. But our lawsuit, which targets the most controversial aspects of the capture operation, continues in federal court.”

“Frankly, if we don’t win this legal battle, even greater doom awaits America’s last remaining wild horses and burros. That’s why we need your help to continue this fight in federal court.”

“The outcome of this lawsuit will have a significant and long-term impact on wild horses and burros in all Western states.

 “The stakes could not be higher. If the BLM is allowed to proceed with the plan to castrate free-roaming stallions and return them to the range, it will export this devastating sterilization strategy to Herd Management Areas across the West. And, if the agency proceeds with the “zeroing out” of Jakes Wash, it will continue the policy of wiping out federally-protected wild horses and burros from their rightful and congressionally-designated habitats while leaving thousands of privately-owned livestock to graze these same public lands areas.”
“WIth support from wild horse advocates, we were able to stop the BLM from destroying two Wyoming wild horse herds by converting them into sterilized groups. With your support, we will do everything possible to stop the BLM again, and set a strong legal precedent for the proper protection and management of wild horses and burros.”

 

Horse Meat Investigation & Meetings, Europe 1/3/12-1/8/12

 

 

 

 

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

Jack MacLaren MPP, former president of the militant Ontario

Landowners’ Association, has put forward a motion in the provincial

legislature which was carried on February 23, 2012, which could remove

all protection afforded to animals in this province.

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2581&detailPage=bills_detail_the_bi

There will be a vote on March 29th, that will either continue debates or kill the initiative.

Contact MPP Jack MacLaren 416-314-7900 or email through www.jackmaclarenmpp.com

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Please enjoy these latest videos of LOKI.    Watch his experience with his First Ever Hot Dog and Playing with his new Blue Buddy.

 

http://youtu.be/a9JaCrftomU

http://youtu.be/nqrEagz0l30

http://youtu.be/_5ZvG3O9n1M

http://youtu.be/xzgoqc3e8g8

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       How does that saying go? 

“Talk is Cheap”.

       Well for at least one Province int this country, Action Speaks Louder than words!!!!

We are all aware of the horrific brutality inflicted on the 100 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C.  These dogs, faithful money making servants were summarily shot and in some cases had their throats brutally slashed.  Why, because the economy had taken a decline and the owner and operator of this particular business felt the animals were of no more use.  This case only came to light when the individual who did not say NO when told by the owner to kill these beautiful faithful dogs, applied to Workers Compensation claiming he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

        The province of British Columbia stepped up, and toughened their Animal Protection Laws.

Koodoos.

        Now for the second year in a row, B.C. has approved and made this Proclamation in honor of those 100 Whistler dogs.

WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia recognizes that the health, safety and well being of all animals is vital, and
WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia leads the country with the toughest penalties for anyone proven responsible for harming an animal, and
WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia believes that the prevention of cruelty to animals is a matter of humanity and not just a matter of legislation, and
WHEREAS by working together and sharing information on how to prevent, recognize, and report signs of animal abuse, we can help protect all animals from abuse and neglect, and
WHEREAS Our Lieutenant Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, has been pleased to enact Order in Council 903 on October 11, 2002;
NOW KNOW YE THAT we do by these presents proclaim and declare that April 23, 2012 shall be known as
“ANIMAL ABUSE PREVENTION DAY”
(in honour of the lost lives of 100 sled dogs on April 23, 2010)
in the Province of British Columbia.
The Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Alberta has also Stepped UP and have made their own Proclamation: double click picture to enlarge for easier reading.

Having fought so hard myself for over three years for animal protection laws within the NWT, there remains a great deal yet to be done.  The new NWT Dog Act contains a potentially deadly loophole which MLA and now Minister David Ramsay is quoted as describing “big enough to drive a truck through”.  The new NWT Dog Act pertains solely to dogs period and does not protect any other domestic pet. Not the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that I fought so hard for.  It must be noted that the motion did pass in the Legislative Assembly that the Territorial Government is to keep working forward to enact Comprehensive Animal Protection which already exists across the rest of Canada.

A number of years ago, due to a horrific incident involving many dogs in the Yukon, the Yukon chose to strengthen their own Animal Protection Legislation.  Now with the news that a well known Yukon Musher is planning to ACT in a proactive manner to toughen protection of Sled Dogs in the Yukon, it is evident that perhaps the new Yukon Legislation of a few years ago was not strong enough.

Mr. Frank Tuner was interviewed : sleddogcentral.com/interviews/turr

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/02/22/north-sled-dog-legislation.html

 Obviously Mr. Turner also believes that

Actions Speak Louder than Words.

Clearly animal cruelty is and will remain an International focus, on so many levels one cannot even fathom.  Every second of every single day, an animal is being horrifically neglected, abused and exploited at the hands of a human.  Says a lot about the human species does it not?  From the starving neglected dogs left on chains, animals tortured and butchered for the sheer sick pleasure that some even sicker individual gets out of inflicting such pain, to the dog fighting rings that provide an illegal income to the cruel and greedy, the puppy and kitten mills run by the totally insensitive mass breeders, to those breeders whose sole goal is to make money from research companies, to the Factory Farm Animals, Battery Hens and roadside zoos that fail to provide proper care and the necessities of life to the animals that they derive income from.

The list goes on and on.  I will not even cite other instances such as those that take place in China or on the frozen coasts of Canada.

A challenge to the rest of Canada, to the remaining Provinces and Territories across this vast and magnificent land is being made right now.

Follow the lead of British Columbia!!! 

Put forward your own Provincial and Territorial Proclamation in honor and memory of the thousands of animals brutalized every day,

the thousands of animals that die in shelters because they have been discarded by others!!!!

In honor of the innocent lives taken because existing Municipal, Provincial and Federal Legislation is not

tough enough, does not do enough to end the suffering and to bring those responsible to Justice.

Pictures received from the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA in Inuvik, NT.  No charges laid, no animals survived.

Picture of dead pup submitted by a resident of Hay River, NT.  Decaying body was found by the river in Town.

     It is Time!!!

Zero Tolerance to Animal Cruelty across Every Municipality, Every Province, Every Territory in Canada!!!

Actions Speak Louder than Words!!!

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 http://youtu.be/xzgoqc3e8g8

 

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/loki-our-journey-continues/

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  Our journey continues, just where the path will take us remains a wonderful mystery.  As I have replied to one person who left their comment on this Blog, I am forever grateful that LOKI has allowed me to share in his life.  I am grateful too, that he has touched the hearts of so many around the world.  The supportive comments that I continue to receive for him are wonderful and amazing.  I thank all of you for your sincerity and for you caring.

  I have made the commitment to LOKI that I will continue to care for him, continue to share in his life, according to his choices and terms, for as long as God allows.  I do still hold the hope that one day he will decide to enter my home, that one day I will awake to find him licking my hand or curled up on the couch beside me.  I have also accepted that this is his decision and his alone, and whatever he chooses I must respect his choice.

The time that we share, be it on my property or in his wild environment, is a Godsend.  Each moment is unique, it is precious and it is also recognized that it could be our last.

We have come a very long way together, our journey became in October 2010.  Shy and skittish, unable to trust and weary of any human LOKI roamed in search of food.  Knowing of his beginnings, knowing that he is the sole survivor who had escaped the slaughter in August 2010, I was amazed that so young he had managed to survive.

Gradually over time, he started to trust me when I would bring him food.  He recognized my coat, recognized my voice, saw that I was no threat to him.  Months past and our journey was well on its way.  He was just a youngster then, and now he has matured into the beautiful magnificent boy that he is today.

   This gentle spirit, unknowingly, has touched me in ways I had not thought possible.  He has taught me invaluable lessons, about the will to survive, lessons about myself.  He has allowed me to once again touch my own soul, to reach down to the very basics of my own existence.

Like so many I am guilty of having fallen into the human trap of imposed deadlines, of having lost myself in  fulfilling demands of others, rushing to a timetable not of my own making.  As a child I gloried in the amazing world around me, tall swaying grasses, pictures in the clouds, rushing streams and the sweet taste of spring waters.  I saw and felt the beautiful world of nature around me.  Back then I was in tune with my soul, my own spirit and I was in awe of the beauty of a Ladybug or the hum of a Bubble Bee.

Somewhere along my own journey, I lost myself, put aside all that I held so dear, so precious to myself.  Day after day, year after year, despite my rescue work, despite the connection I felt to the animals, despite my successes and failures in my private life and career, I knew deep down that I had lost that ability to wander freely and to connect with what is truly important.

It took a cross country journey to the Top of the World and it took LOKI to bring me to where I am now.  He has allowed me to once again touch my own soul, to once again marvel at the amazing colors of a clear sky, to walk among the tall grasses and to thrill at the simplest yet complex wildflowers.  To smile when gazing at a tree barren of leaves in the frigid winter, knowing that in Spring the buds will appear and life will begin anew.

   I am grateful to LOKI for all that he has given me.  This gentle spirit has allowed me to see once again with open eyes.  He has allowed me to re-evaluate my own life and what is truly important.  His strength and courage has instilled not just a sense of wonder, but my own determination that I will do whatever it takes to keep him safe so that our journey will continue.

Ours is a world of great beauty, ours is a quiet time of silent speak.

Ours is a precious and rare journey that few have been gifted.

I shall be forever grateful and humbled.

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http://www.idanews.org/essays/the-heart-does-not-deceive/

Very important reading for all those involved and dedicated to animal welfare.

 

Thank you to Sarah, Founder of Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform and Co-founder: Canadian Animal Welfare Coalition    for having emailed this to me.

 

 

 

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http://www.godvine.com/Paralyzed-Puppy-Thrown-in-a-Trash-Can-Gets-Rescued-1127.html

Discarded while still alive, found in a garbage bag….miracles do happen.

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   Now, if you were to look out your patio door, and saw this image…..would you panic?  Likely some of you would.  Especially when it is in mid evening and you don’t expect to see a pair of eyes glinting at you.

On this particular evening, Loki along with Sarg gifted me with their presence.  Both arrived together, and this picture was taken through the patio door of them on my deck.

Of course, time was needed to clothe myself warmly before I would spend time outside with them.  Sno-suit, boots, hat, gloves and of course a plate of food and a pocketful of treats is all a mandatory requirement on such an occasion.

  Having seen me get dressed, Loki waited patiently at the bottom of the steps of my deck..

  That beautiful face covered in frost from the cold night air.

Visits like this are welcome, so very much so.  Often I must go out to look for him in the evenings.  Calling his name and using our special whistle code that let’s him know it is me and that it is safe.  Loki continues to spook at the sound of unknown vehicles, headlights,  sounds and strangers to him.  Having him come to my property is the ideal situation, here he knows he is safe and will be undisturbed to enjoy his meals and our quiet time together.  Often times we will spend up to an hour together, no matter the frigid temperature or weather conditions.  He laying silently and close to me, speaking with his eyes and little throaty expressions or whimpers.

 

  Just as he is seen here on my property, Loki can sometimes be seen, lounging quietly in the driveways of some of my neighbors.  He watches passively the comings and goings of  passerbys, and often plays with neighbor dogs, seeking out their company.  I can never be sure which buddy of his will accompany him to my home.

This beautiful, gentle and unassuming boy remains a target of the Town’s By-Law Officer.  Thus far Loki has eluded capture.  His fate if captured is questionable.  I continue to wait for a response to a registered letter and signed deposition of many neighbors concerning Loki and his gentle disposition and how we all care for him,  that I know was received by the Town’s Senior Administrative Officer in November 2011;  and being witness to the numerous times the By-Law Officer will cruise past my home and up and down my street (often 3-4 times within a 15 minute period some days)….due diligence to keep Loki safe, fed and cared for is this writers ongoing priority.

This is our second winter together, and God willing we will get through it together.

Look into the eyes of a gentle spirit….

and feel Blessed.

 

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