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Calgary muzzles artists critical of tar sands

by Rob Maguire on April 17, 2013

http://artthreat.net/2013/04/calgary-artists-oil-free-coast/

President Obama Slams Climate Deniers on Twitter

http://desmogblog.com/2013/04/25/president-obama-slams-climate-deniers-twitter

Fracking Our National Parks: America’s Best Idea Threatened By Oil and Gas Addiction

http://desmogblog.com/2013/04/27/fracking-our-national-parks-america-s-best-idea-threatened-american-oil-and-gas-addiction

Breaking: Enbridge Pipeline Spills in Minnesota (Updates original)

http://desmogblog.com/2013/04/24/another-pipeline-leak-enbridge-alberta-clipper-line-67-leaking-tar-sands-bitumen

 

Animal Justice Canada wants the chicken killer artist to be charged

http://www.examiner.com/article/animal-justice-canada-wants-the-chicken-killer-artist-to-be-charged

Obama Moves to Block Horse Slaughter

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/business/obama-moves-to-block-slaughter-of-horses-for-meat.html?_r=2&

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Normally Saturdays and Sundays, better known as a weekend, are the times a person can actually sleep in before getting to the tasks around the house..tackling that TO DO LIST…which always seems to get longer each weekend..know the feeling???

Well for this Blogger, rising early..as it happens..6 a.m. this morning…means having the extra time to catch up on Blog posts, spend time with LOKI during his breakfast, visiting with all his buddies that he brings along..this morning the guests were Fiddle, Henri and Charlie..Charlie got extra cuddles this morning.

Henir with Loki

…and then booting up the computer, answering emails, and putting together new post updates..once the posts are done..then putting them up on my various sites.  Sometime today..I will get my own TO DO LIST widdled down I hope.  Note:  that I say that every weekend!!

Charlie

Fiddle

Now on to the important issues:

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Oppose Latest Assault on Wild Horses: BLM Plans to Replace Wild Stallions with Geldings on the Range

Proposed Action for Nevada’s Pancake Complex Is a Triple Assault on Wild Horse Populations

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1181536

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is at it again! This time with the three worse-case scenarios included in one roundup proposal:

  • the massive roundup of 1,000 wild horses;
  • the castration of wild stallions and replacement of wild-free roaming mustangs with geldings; and
  • the zeroing-out of an entire Herd Area (HA), permanently removing all wild horses while leaving hundreds of privately-owned cattle behind.

Making matters worse, the plan also includes sex-ratio skewing of the herds to favor stallions over mares, a strategy that is being implemented in the absence of any scientific justification or review.

Straight from the Horse’s Heart

http://rtfitch.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/breaking-news-convicted-nebraska-wild-mustang-murderer-up-for-parole/

Breaking News Update: Convicted Nebraska Wild Mustang Murderer Up for Parole

 

HOUSTON (SFTHH) – Sources close to SFTHH have verified that Jason Meduna, convicted of 145 counts of felony animal cruelty carrying a sentence of 5-10 years, is up for parole on October 26th, 2011 after barely serving 20 months of his sentence.  Meduna shocked a Nebraska court and the nation in April of ’09 when dozens of wild horses were found dead from starvation on his Nebraska 3- Strikes Ranch with hundreds more sick and dying.

Ban private “ownership” of exotic pets: 49 slaughtered after set free

http://our-compass.org/2011/10/19/ban-private-ownership-of-exotic-pets-49-slaughtered-after-set-free/

From CNN | By Will Tavers

CNN Editor’s note: Will Tavers is CEO and co-founder of the Born Free Foundation, whose mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue animals in need and protect wildlife, including highly endangered species. The foundation includes Born Free USA, which runs a primate sanctuary in Texas for 500 primates rescued from laboratories, roadside zoos and private possession.

Exotic animals should live in the wild, not be exploited in profit-motivated zoos — or worse — as “pets” or backyard oddities by people who have a deeply misguided sense of dominion or ownership.

From the PETA FILES

At Least Two Dozen Dead in Ohio

http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2011/10/19/at-least-two-dozen-dead-in-ohio.aspx?utm_source=PETA&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=Dozens%2BDead%2Bin%2BOhio

What Did I Do Wrong?

http://www.peta.org/features/what-did-i-do-wrong.aspx?utm_source=PETA&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=What%2BDid%2BI%2BDo%2BWrong

Pledge to Help Companion Animals This Winter!

NEWS

Andrea the cat survives multiple euthanization attempts at Utah shelter

  • Ben Winslow, KSTU

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Andrea the cat was picked up as a stray and brought to a Utah animal shelter. After no one came to claim her, she was euthanized — or at least, that’s what everyone thought.

Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/local_news/water_cooler/andrea-the-cat-survives-multiple-euthanization-attempts-at-utah-shelter#ixzz1bWgaaXRS

Police Kill 12-Year-Old Golden Retriever Named Boomer

http://our-compass.org/2011/10/20/police-kill-12-year-old-golden-retriever-named-boomer/

Man caught on film beating dog- neighbours take matters into their own hands!‏

MAIL ONLINE

By Nick Enoch

A man has been arrested over allegations of animal abuse after he was caught on film appearing to beat a terrified dog with a pole as it desperately tried to get inside its owner’s house.

The video, shot from a neighbouring window, shows what seems to be a white Staffordshire bull terrier being kicked, punched in the face and repeatedly hit while a small boy looks on excitedly.

Within hours of the footage being posted on social networking site Facebook, an angry mob is said to have surrounded the man’s house in Grimsby, north-east Lincolnshire.

Police were called to the address last night and onlookers watched as a man, believed to be the dog’s owner, was arrested.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2050865/Animal-abuse-Facebook-footage-gets-Grimsby-man-arrested-beat-dog.html#ixzz1bWcbAss6

 Man saves dogs‏

http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/04/19/6496746-chinese-activists-rescue-dogs-destined-for-dinner-table

Fantastic interception by a very brave man, and the help of many animal rights activists!

By Bo Gu, NBC News

BEIJING – Traffic was running smoothly on a highway just outside Beijing last Friday – until a man noticed an enormous truck carrying stacks of caged dogs.

Mr. An, an animal rights activist and volunteer at Beijing-based China Small Animal Protection Association, saw the cramped, whimpering dogs and decided to do something. His decision ended up saving the lives of 580 canines, who were on their way to the northeastern city of Changchun, where they were to be slaughtered and eventually served for dinner.

You Can Help End This Hell!

http://www.soidog.org/en/newsletter%2Dsign%2Dup/past%2Dnewsletters/ets/

PETITIONS TO SIGN

Stop North Carolina Wildlife Commission from Killing Tame Deer and Fawns

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-north-carolina-wildlife-commission-from-killing-tame-deer-and-fawns

Save Oregon’s Struggling Wolf Population: automatic, sample letter

http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8315

Painful Heart Experiments Performed on Dogs – Take Action Now: Automatic Letter

https://secure2.convio.net/pcrm/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=455&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr004=eeih8n1jk2.app209b
 

PETITIONS:  ANIMAL RECUE SITE

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/

Ukraine Is Burning Animals ALIVE. Take Action Now!

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/campaign.faces?siteId=3&campaign=UkraineStrayAnimals&ThirdPartyClicks=ETA_102011_UkraineStrayAnimals_F

Push To Ban Puppy Mill Imports!

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/campaign.faces?siteId=3&campaign=PuppyMillImportBan&ThirdPartyClicks=ETA_102011_PuppyMillImportBan_1

Save The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge…And Its Polar Bears

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/campaign.faces?siteId=3&campaign=DOW-ArcticRefuge2

Urgent Action for Seals

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/campaign.faces?siteId=3&campaign=HarpSeal

Support A Shark Fin Ban in Toronto

http://www.change.org/petitions/support-a-shark-fin-ban-in-toronto#

Save Oregon’s Struggling Wolf Population: automatic, sample letter

http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8315

EXCELLENT SITES

SHARK

Showing Animals Respect and Kindness

http://www.sharkonline.org/

OUR COMPASS

http://www.our-compass.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ONTARIO

Further to inititial post: http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/ontario-shelter-animals-are-in-trouble/

In March 2009 a great deal of Hype was publicized about Ontario enacting the Strongest Animal Protection Law in Canada.  Congratulations to Ontario!!


Ontario’s Animal Protection Law Strongest In Canada

http://www.news.ontario.ca/mcscs/en/2009/03/ontarios-animal-protection-law-strongest-in-canada.html

http://news.ontario.ca/archive/en/2009/03/02/Ontario39s-Animal-Protection-Law-Strongest-In-Canada.html

http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/AnimalWelfare/paws.html

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/source/regs/english/2009/elaws_src_regs_r09060_e.htm

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/source/regs/english/2009/elaws_src_regs_r09061_e.htm

McGuinty Government Modernizes Animal Cruelty Laws

http://news.ontario.ca/mcscs/en/2008/11/stronger-protection-for-animals-in-ontario.html

“Today is an historic day for our province when it comes to animal protection. Ontario has passed legislation that will give us the strongest animal protection laws in Canada, and bring more abusers to justice.”

 – Rick Bartolucci
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Service

Changes To Improve Animal Welfare

http://www.news.ontario.ca/mcscs/en/2009/03/changes-to-improve-animal-welfare-1.html

http://news.ontario.ca/mcscs/en/2008/11/changes-to-improve-animal-welfare.html

However it may it be pointed out that no amount of written Legislation (LAW) is effective when it is not stringently enforced by those Powers that Be (government of Ontario) actively take part in monitoring and overseeing the activities of the body to which powers of investigation and enforcement are given  (OSPCA).

One need only Google:  Scandals OSPCA and one will find a wealth of media reports and Blog posts which if they take the time to read, will raise serious questions.  Not only questions as to how these incidents happened in the first place, but also raise the questions as to just WHY this situation has been allowed to continue this long and WHY has nothing been done by the Ontario Government to step in.

With the Fall Election not far away, it is time that those Provincial Government Officials who intend to run for re-election step up to the plate.  It is time that they actually listened, that they actually pay attention to the ongoing situation whereby shelter animals in Ontario continue to lose their lives and taxpayers  of Ontario raise their voices in protest on that very issue.  Sticking ones head in the sand or fingers in ones ears hoping that the issue will go away, is not a very good way to be re-elected.

 Being proactive, taking a stance, listening and acting on the concerns which have been constantly raised by so many taxpayers of Ontario on the situation faced by Ontario animals held in shelters, shelters which are to be scrutinized by the OSPCA …. And by overseeing and monitoring/reviewing OSPCA policies and procedures  is the Way to be Re-elected.

The few links contained below have been easily located on Google by searching OSPCA Scandals.

Surely the countless number of Ontario residents that are desperately working to getting positive change needed to guarantee the protection of animals in a province that reported has the Strongest Animal Protection Law in Canada, as per the Ontario Government itself, are not crazies.  These dedicated individuals SEE the problem and have combined forces to actually DO something about it.  Why has the Provincial Government failed to take heed? 

Prior to the Election it is suggested that all current and prospective MLA’s and Ministers be contacted and the question “What do you intend to do to remedy this ongoing situation?” be asked.  Request written responses and keep them….

http://www.ospcatruth.com

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/17/ospca-receives-euthanasia-report

http://www.facebook.com/notes/ora-animalrescue/ora-guest-advocate-feature-cruelty-in-hamilton-ospca-aware-and-doing-nothing-by-/223617177650839

ORA Guest Advocate Feature: “Cruelty in Hamilton-OSPCA aware and doing nothing,” by Lillian Szillagy

by Ora AnimalRescue on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11:49pm

At scandal’s core is a legitimate debate

http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/734316–at-scandal-s-core-is-a-legitimate-debate

http://supportanimals.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/ths-veterinarian-role-in-ospca-scandal/

THS Veterinarian role in OSPCA Scandal

http://supportanimals.wordpress.com/

Newmarket OSPCA Shelter; Management, Staff Unqualified

http://canada.myletsadopt.com/2011/03/30/newmarket-ospca-shelter-management-staff-unqualified/

What went wrong at the OSPCA

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/809442–what-went-wrong-at-the-ospca

VERITAS: FUMBLE – OSPCA PUTS DOWN ITS CREDIBILITY

http://www.breakthroughblog.ca/2010/05/veritas-fumble-ospca-puts-down-its.html

http://davenportdemocracy.blogspot.com/2011/04/bad-guy-tim-trow-toronto-humane-society.html

Dog’s best friend: the story behind the Toronto Humane Society’s mutiny, raid and shutdown

http://www.torontolife.com/daily/informer/from-print-edition-informer/2011/01/26/dog%E2%80%99s-best-friend-the-story-behind-the-toronto-humane-society%E2%80%99s-mutiny-raid-and-shut-down/

Why charges were dropped in Humane Society case

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontohumanesociety/article/848293–all-charges-dropped-in-toronto-humane-society-case?bn=1

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/17/ospca-receives-euthanasia-report

http://www.ospcatruth.com

http://www.theoria.ca/research/files/OSPCA-THS-Presentation.pdf

www.theoria.ca

http://www.facebook.com/notes/ora-animalrescue/ora-guest-advocate-feature-cruelty-in-hamilton-ospca-aware-and-doing-nothing-by-/223617177650839

ORA Guest Advocate Feature: “Cruelty in Hamilton-OSPCA aware and doing nothing,” by Lillian Szillagy

Ottawa woman charged with animal cruelty after dog starves to death

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Ottawa+woman+charged+with+animal+cruelty+after+starves+death/4809986/story.html

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Some good news:   Membership is growing.  More members are needed:

http://www.causes.com/causes/144162-wolves-dying-in-alaska-and-yellowstone-park-for-entertainment-stop-wolf-slaughter/about

We all know what radiation poisoning does to a human.  These animals need to be taken out of the danger zone, sheltered and cared for until they may be united with their owners.  Given that many Animal Welfare organizations have responded to the situation in Japan, Haiti and elsewhere, WHY, are these pets still left in LIMBO.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/994792–pets-starving-scavenging-in-nuclear-danger-zone?bn=1

 Pets starving, scavenging in nuclear danger zone


Congratulations to those who had their voices heard in Bolivia!!!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-koehler/the-sacred-and-the-dead_b_855272.html

The Sacred and the Dead

Why is Canada supporting the slaughter of  horses????

http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2011/05/canada-horse-meat.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Fhsus%2Fwayne+%28Wayne+Pacelle%3A+A+Humane+Nation%29

Canadian TV Show Sends Wrong Message about Horse Slaughter

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Dutch introduce 500 animal rights police | Posted | National Post

4 Mar 2011 Animal abusers in the Netherlands will have more to worry about as lawmakers in that country introduce 500 police officers dedicated to
news.nationalpost.com/…/dutch-introduce-500-animal-rights-police

 

Chinese govt lobbied to ban ‘cruel’ seal imports

  • Source: Global Times
  • [08:24 March 29 2011]

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This continuous live feed of these magnificent Bald Eagles is worth watching.  You can leave it on and watch these beautiful birds throughout your day.  The comings and goings from the nest.  Enjoy.

 

http://www.ustream.tv/channel-popup/decorah-eagles

 

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http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/MSNHome/20110304/w5-animal-hoarders-110305/

Documentary

 

Additional Links

https://member.cmpmedica.com/index.php?referrer=http://member.cmpmedica.com/cga.php?assetID=425&referrer=http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/display/article/10168/54031

 

http://understanding_ocd.tripod.com/hoarding3_links3.html

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/07/19/f-animal-hoarding-faq.html

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-animal-hoarding-%E2%80%93-when-love-animals-turns-disease

http://www.tufts.edu/vet/hoarding/abthoard.htm

http://www.suite101.com/content/animal-hoarding-a-mental-illness-a125178

http://www.k9magazinefree.com/k9_perspective/iss49p9.shtml

http://www.peta.org/issues/Companion-Animals/animal-hoarders-the-illness-and-the-crime.aspx

MORE LINKS OF INTEREST

http://pet.firstblogfirst.com/2011/01/17/discerning-the-truth-about-abuse/

http://www.metronews.ca//vancouver/local/article/754740–dog-dragging-leads-
to-cruelty-charges

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Three years ago the battle to have animal protection legislated in the Northwest Territories began.  This battle is not yet over.  As you will see in the last CJCD link, the new Act has passed, and the initial “deadly loophole” was replaced by crafty rewording, and despite desperate attempts that were made to have this reworded loophole totally removed from the new Act, those Committee Members that opposed the loophole, as well as the hundreds of private individuals across Canada, those who spoke against it during Public Hearings and those of the International Community who spoke against the clause, were ignored.  The GNWT Cabinet, who for the most part do not vote, vetoed the motion to delete this clause.

While the new Act does provide for much needed improvement, the fact that there remains wiggle room for offenders of animal cruelty to be considered an “exception” dependent upon how and why an animal is in duress or crisis, is a disgrace.

As of this date, it is unknown on what exact date this new Act will take effect.

One good note:  the motion to begin work on a Comprehensive Animal Protection Act during this session, carried through which means it will be continue to be worked on with the next Territorial Government.  Elections should be held this Fall.

An additional post on this topic will be made shortly.

 

NORTHWEST TERRITORY AMENDED DOG ACT

HISTORY IN THE MAKING


http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/06/11/NWT-animal-cruelty-legislation-worst-in-Canada

NWT animal cruelty legislation worst in Canada

June 11, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/10/26/GNWT-sluggish-on-revising-Dog-Act-animal-rights-activist

GNWT sluggish on revising Dog Act – animal rights activist

October 26, 2010

 

 

 

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/11/1/GNWT-to-revise-animal-cruelty-laws

GNWT to revise animal cruelty laws

November 1, 2010

 

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/11/2/GNWT-amends-animal-protection-laws

GNWT amends animal protection laws

November 2, 2010

 

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/01/7/MLA-expects-lots-of-debate-at-Dog-Act-hearings

MLA expects lots of debate at Dog Act hearings

January 7, 2011

 

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/01/14/Hearings-begin-into-NWT-Dog-Act

Hearings begin into NWT Dog Act

January 14, 2011

 

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/01/20/Over-a-dozen-attend-Hub-hearing-on-Dog-Act

Over a dozen attend Hub hearing on Dog Act

January 20, 2011

 

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/02/22/MLAs-to-look-over-NWT-Dog-Act-again-this-week

MLAs to look over NWT Dog Act again this week

February 22, 2011

 

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/02/25/Animal-rights-activist-not-impressed-by-Dog-Act-change

Animal rights activist not impressed by Dog Act change

February 25, 2011

 

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/02/24/Controversial-clause-in-NWT-Dog-Act-replaced

Controversial clause in NWT Dog Act replaced

February 24, 2011

 

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/03/5/Controversial-Dog-Act-passes-in-NWT-Legislature

Controversial Dog Act passes in NWT Legislature

March 5, 2011

 

http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/_live/documents/content/11-02-28Bill16.pdf

 

http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/_live/documents/content/hn110303.pdf

MARCH 3 2011 HANSARD DOG ACT PAGES 53 TO 67

 

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Contained below are only just a few of the CJCD reports that one can fine online.  Many more reports and published articles may be found on sites such as : Northern News Services which publish newspapers across the North, such as the Yellowknifer, Decho Drum, News North.  Many links to various articles have been posted in this Blog’s Archives.

Here is a short review thus far.  Please take the time to go to each link and read for yourself.

HAY RIVER, NT – HUB OF THE NORTH

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/03/24/Hay-River-creating-by-law-against-animal-abuse

Hay River creating by-law against animal abuse

March 24, 2010

In January 2010 Hay River Mayor Kelly Schofield was approached and a discussion within his office took place about strengthening Hay River By-Laws, as well as a proposal to put into effect a “Zero Tolerance Policy on Animal Cruelty” in place for Hay River.  For all intent and purposes the Hay River resident  presenting this policy was lead to believe that this was well received.  Two follow up meetings, almost one year later, with a Hay River Councilman, not the Mayor, further discussed the issues in Hay River.  As of this date the question remains as to just WHAT the Mayor’s office and Town Council have actually done to revisit and strengthen existing Hay River By Laws to ensure that animals are protected.

It must be noted that on February 4, 2011, Judge Malakoe set a precedent by throwing three charges brought against a Hay River resident who was allegedly in violation of current Hay River By Laws (Animal Control) out of court due to a technicality whereby the By Laws did not explicitly reference the consequence to the violation nor the penalty payable.  Hub Publications covered this story which can be found on their website. “Animal control by-law lacks teeth, judge says” Hub Publications February 16, 2011.

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/09/14/Hub-goes-without-by-law-officer-for-over-a-year

Hub goes without by-law officer for over a year

September 14, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/11/18/HR-s-new-by-law-officer-taking-gradual-approach-to-enforcement

HR’s new by-law officer taking gradual approach to enforcement

November 18, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/11/18/New-bylaw-officer-starts-off-in-Hay-River

New bylaw officer starts off in Hay River

November 18, 2010

 

HAY RIVER HOARDING CASE: 109 DOGS INVOLVED: RAID ON PROPERTY MAY 29, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/06/2/Over-100-dogs-found-neglected-in-HR-woman-charged

Over 100 dogs found neglected in HR, woman charged

June 2, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/06/4/Neglected-dogs-under-care-of-SPCA

Neglected dogs under care of SPCA

June 4, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/09/8/Lack-of-resources-forced-town-to-euthanize-puppies-SPCA

Lack of resources forced town to euthanize puppies — SPCA

September 8, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/09/21/What-happened-to-the-rest-of-the-dogs-animal-welfare-group-on-Hay-River-hoarding-case

What happened to the rest of the dogs? – animal welfare group on Hay River hoarding case

September 21, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/12/3/HR-accused-dog-abuser-faces-more-charges

HR accused dog abuser faces more charges

December 3, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/01/20/Woman-pleads-not-guilty-to-dog-neglect

Woman pleads not guilty to dog neglect

January 20, 2011

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/03/4/Trial-date-set-in-animal-cruelty-case

Trial date set in animal cruelty case

March 4, 2011

As it now stands, 83 of the original dogs found on Hobson’s property remain there, as wards of the town and supposedly monitored by a Town employee.  Logically it may be safe to believe that additional puppies have been born on that property since May 29, 2010.  Question:  What is the actual number of dogs now on that property???  Unfortunately while the Animal Alliance of Canada has already written two requests for information, they have yet to receive a response.

The additional question of just WHO the Mayor’s office has monitoring these dogs and this property remains a mystery. According to CJCD post of March 4, 2011 - “Town authorities have not told CJCD who’s monitoring the remaining dogs on Hobson’s property.”

Note that having been provided information straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak,  David Ryan the newly hired Hay River By Law Officer has, according to Mr. Ryan himself , never been to the property nor seen these animals that remain on the property. Apparently it is being handled by a “higher authority”.

As this writer has been told that Mr. Ryan tape records conversations, (and has admitted that he  sometimes fails to tell the individuals) a record of this conversation has been made.

The fate of the remaining 83 dogs remains a mystery as well, already deemed to be ‘aggressive, vicious and unpredictable’ by Mayor Schofield in one other published media interview, these animals would be posing a threat to public safety moreso than those young puppies held at the shelter that  Town Authorities chose to designate in the same category and which they destroyed. Which raises yet another question:  Why were these 83 animals immediately not destroyed? Reports of a pack of 6 highly aggressive animals  in and around that property have made to this writer; the animals on this property are outside and what happens should any break free of their chains or escape their cages and maul or kill a town resident, or family pet?

So again, just WHO is monitoring these animals?  WHY is the new By Law Officer who is also to enforce the Hay River By Law on Animal Control, not monitoring these animals?   Very interesting, is it not.

As for the puppies that were seized, removed and relocated to the Hay River Municipally owned shelter and cared for by volunteers for 2 1/2 months, medicated for worms, receiving proper nutrition, fresh water from May 29, 2010 to mid August 2010; an offer to assist in the relocation of these puppies to fully equipped southern facilities run by trained professional animal care and rehab specialists was made a number of times.  However, no response came from the Mayor’s office, no attempts to socialize and rehab any of these rescued pups was made.  The end result:  puppies were removed from shelter and destroyed in mid August 2010 by order of Town officials who deemed them aggressive and unpredictable…they aged between 2 to 12 months old.  This information was finally released to the public on August 31, 2010 by the Deputy Mayor, only due to the blast of Press Releases issued by Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform.  Pictures of these pups were published by Northern News Services.

The Town of Hay River as been severely criticized by CFAWR, and once again as of this date, details as to just how these pups were killed remains a mystery.  With no resident veterinarians in this town….one may use their own imagination as to how these pups lost their lives.

As for the remaining 83 dogs left on that property, Mayor Schofield is quoted as saying ” The dogs are still in her care. The Town will be making sure the dogs are taken care of”.  Hub Publications June 9, 2010.  In addition SPCA President Jennifer Larkin is quoted “We did receive complaints (about this property) this time around, and we have received complaints in the past”. “But we are not an authority figure. We are an organization that cares for animals. We have to direct people to the RCMP.”

Given that previous Municipal authorities, as well as town residents had known of this situation being allowed to continue for over ten years, WHY was nothing ever done to correct the situation?  Further it is rumored that the accused also applied to the Town for a new Kennel License!!!!

In one Editorial:  the statement is made ” Ultimately , the blame for the animals deaths lies squarely on the shoulders of the person who was keeping them…” quote taken from published Editorial “Sad but not cruel”  Northern News Service concerning the killing of the rescued pups.

Also see:  Hub Publications Website:  “Town finds itself under attack after destroying 23 dogs”; “Dog seizure a disgrace to community” (June 9, 2010); “Dogs seized following tip” (June 9, 2010);

“Puppy deaths unnecessary”  Northern News: September 20, 2010.


MOST RECENT ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/01/29/Vehicle-break-in-leads-to-tragic-dog-death

Vehicle break-in leads to tragic dog death

January 29, 2011

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/02/1/Musician-charged-with-killing-dog-banned-from-lounge

Musician charged with killing dog banned from lounge

February 1, 2011

 

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/02/3/Musician-accused-of-animal-cruelty-in-jail-pending-next-court-date

Musician accused of animal cruelty in jail pending next court date

February 3, 2011

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/03/2/Local-musician-pleads-guilty-to-animal-cruelty

Local musician pleads guilty to animal cruelty

March 2, 2011

BACKGROUND ON DOG KILLER:

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/07/23/Local-musician-sentenced-to-four-months-in-jail

Local musician sentenced to four months in jail


ELSEWHERE IN  NT

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/11/18/Behchoko-puppies-saved

Behchoko puppies saved

November 18, 2010

 

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/12/9/Mountie-says-animal-cruelty-in-Whati-heart-wrenching

Mountie says animal cruelty in Whati ‘heart-wrenching’

December 9, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/12/14/NWT-animal-rights-activist-happy-with-charges-against-abuser

NWT animal rights activist happy with charges against abuser

December 14, 2010

In summary it has not been a good year HERE for dogs  in 2010.  Just as it has never been a good year for dogs in the Northwest Territories for decades.

 

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http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/03/2/Local-musician-pleads-guilty-to-animal-cruelty

Local musician pleads guilty to animal cruelty

Lloyd Thrasher pleads guilty.

 

Note:  all this week, new amended Dog Act, ongoing debate in Assembly – goes before Assembly of the Whole tomorrow….should be approved by this Friday.  Will keep everyone updated, once more information comes in.

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