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Pichou has been in a shelter which is in a pitiful condition and technically shut down . He has been there for OVER one year. He spends hours and hours alone; just a volunteer a couple of times a week to feed him and clean his kennel. A few words from Pichou: Hi, have you ever felt you got the blame for something that was not totally your fault? Hmmm, I think I have. I am stuck in a shelter which they say is in a pitiful condition. I’m told I look ‘great and seem friendly” but that I am unpredictable because my story has taken a toll on me. Boy, do I ever want out of this shelter to be given a chance to show them! My friend Rosa got out the other day. I am so happy for her as she was stressed as well and had stopped eating due to something they called ‘depression’. I think I may have it because I am stressed being here. If I could go on walks, outings, see different things, meet people, go to obedience classes and be trained by an experienced / professional so I could improve my behaviour, boy, that would be my dream. Could you please make my dream come true? I could be trained to know food doesn’t have to be guarded as it wouldn’t be taken away from me by other dogs or people. I am not good with cats as I have a high prey drive and not good with children. Could you take me to a new owner or rescue that could help to what they call “rehabilitate” me, where I could go for walks and outings, see more people and scenery on a regular basis, someone to trust and love . Boy that is my dream and I keep dreaming it!
A few words from his volunteer: Pichou deserves a chance. He has been in this awful shelter far too long, since November 2011. When you factor in the long hours spent alone, minimal people contact, no outings, walks, exercise, regular routine, nothing different to see, no-one to trust or love him, plus the fact that he gets minimum time to be fed and clean his cage, it’s no wonder he is unstable and doesn’t trust or respect new people. Only one person has worked with him, trying different things. Its a trust issue for Pichou, he has no one he can trust, no one who truly loves him and shows him love and respect. Its sad to know from one volunteer who saw him over a year ago, that he was at that time, he was the happiest dog to be rescued. Now one year later, with other dogs coming and going, some who he got along with and some not, the isolation, it has all taken a toll on him. He needs a miracle to find the right person to work with him as he is not trustworthy in his present state. Miracles do happen, right? Pichou’s history helps to understand why he is who he is now. He needs someone with whom he can learn to trust again. We desperately need to find this special person which is why we are knocking at your door. Let us know if you want to meet Pichou. That might help you make the decision. PLEASE! Post, email, FB, share with everyone you know. That special person is out there. Pichou is special – lets help them meet each other. Do not hesitate to contact me for any information you may need or question you may have regarding dear Pichou. please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in ALERTS, Animal Wellness, Change Federal Animal Protection Legislation for the Better, Commitment, OSPCA (Ontario SPCA), Recognizing Animal Cruelty, Recovery, Rescue, Shelter Animals, Toughen Municipal and Provincial Animal Protection Legislation, tagged ALERT, animal legislation issues, cruelty against animals, Family Members deserve the Best, Philly's Corner, SHELTER ANIMALS on May 11, 2012 | 1 Comment »
MAY 11, 2011 A TRAGIC DAY TO REMEMBER
More and more, public awareness of the outrageous, unforgivable treatment inflicted on the lives of innocent animals is proving to be a driving force for positive action.
One year ago today, a VIGIL, protesting the needless murder of 102 unlucky shelter animals held at the Newmarket, Ontario shelter was launched. Below are just a few of the many pictures taken during the 2011 VIGIL.
Today, May 11, 2012 marks the Second Anniversary and once again, dedicated, caring people are gathering to honor these lost lives taken due to indifference and apparent complacency on the part of the caregivers to which these precious lives were entrusted.
The fact that today’s MEMORIAL VIGIL is even taking place is evidence in itself, that SOMETHING HAS GOT TO CHANGE IN ONTARIO. This incident SHOULD NEVER have happened in the first place!!!!!
In March 2009 a great deal of Hype was publicized about Ontario enacting the Strongest Animal Protection Law in Canada. Congratulations to Ontario!!
Note the sarcasm here!!!!
McGuinty Government Modernizes Animal Cruelty Laws
“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
Clearly obvious by the scandal and subsequent Inquiry launched by Mr. Klees resulting in the report finally being published: http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/news-from-ontario-ospca-full-report-released-finally/
Excerpt: “The report said a couple of things which made my blood boil, one of them being 57 animals euthanized. Well we all know that is not true. From the very beginning in their attempt to make themselves look transparent to the public they itemized exactly where the 102 animals were, how many were in foster care and those that went to alternate clinics. So how do they get off saying there were only 57. Please do not blame the investigators for that.”
A great deal must be done to improve the Ontario situation. Thus far it is most questionable as to whether anything at all POSITIVE has been done to protect the lives of innocent animals in Ontario, whose sole crime was to be born.
Many animals have AND CONTINUE TO FALL VICTIM to irresponsible and uncaring owners that allow continued breeding, failing to spay and neuter their pet, allowing them to roam freely and THUS contribute to an ever expanding population of unwanted and discarded animals.
WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!
Much gratitude is due to ALL those who continue to fight, in Ontario, the injustices inflicted upon animals in Ontario. Gratitude must be given to those who REMEMBER and who continually REMIND us that WE are all RESPONSIBLE. Reminding us too, that each and every one of us CAN DO something POSITIVE, to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!! Special thanks to you for allowing me to use these pictures.
YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!
“Miracle of Life”
Come quick”, their mother said, “The time is getting near”;
She feels that when the kittens come the children should be here.
She told them that a big orange Tom took “Kitty” as his wife,
“It’s wonderful, a gift from God, the miracle of life”.
At half a year young “Kitty” feels too painful and too scared,
To appreciate six miracles, blind-eyed and yellow haired.
But she knows these lives depend on her and nature tells her how,
And as she cleans them, children ask “Mom, can we go now?”
But now and then, for six more weeks the children visit her,
To play with six new magic toys, made of life and fur.
The six weeks pass, the newness gone and new homes yet unfound,
Mom bundles up six miracles and takes them to the pound,
Where lovingly, with gentle hands and no tears left to cry,
The shelter workers kiss them once and take them off to die.
And “Momma Kitty”, now she’s called, mourns her loss and then,
She’s put outside, and of course, she’s pregnant once again.
Dad tells “Kitty” STOP THIS NOW or you won’t live here long!,
But deep inside of Momma Cat, this time something’s wrong.
Too young, too small, too often bred now nature’s gone awry,
Momma Kitty feels it too and she crawls off to die.
She too is freed from this cruel world, and from her time of strife.
How harsh the truth, how high the price, this “Miracle of Life”
- Veterinarian, Dr Barry Taylor-from Manxalot Rescue
OSPCA Scandals are readily located by Googling:
VERITAS: FUMBLE – OSPCA PUTS DOWN ITS CREDIBILITY
Posted in ALERTS, Animal Wellness, Recognizing Animal Cruelty, Shelter Animals, Toughen Municipal and Provincial Animal Protection Legislation, tagged Action Alert, animal legislation issues, animals in Canada, Factory Farm Animals on March 18, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
If Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has his way, there will be NO protection of animals in Ontario…..period. The revised Bill of Jack MacLaren, if passed will certainly see to that.
We cannot allow this to happen!!!
Rally to oppose the new Bill 37 to be introduced on Monday by MPP Jack McLaren:
Question: Are theSe the apparent kinds of situations and people that Ontario’s elected officials wish to protect?? Seemingly so!!
Living in squalor: After years of complaints, SPCA seizes hounds, birds from Elgin-area farm
By Hugh Adami, The Ottawa Citizen March 15, 2012
“OTTAWA — About 40 hounds and 145 fowl and game birds were seized this week from an Elgin-area farmer, notorious over the years with neighbours and animal-welfare groups for alleged neglect and mistreatment of his dogs.”
To quote a private source in Ontario:
“The fact is that neither OMAFRA nor any police organizations have discussed this Bill with Jack MacLaren nor entered into any agreement to take over the responsibility of policing and investigating animals.
Therein lies the danger in this Bill. He has sent out an “Explanatory Note” with his revision which is not honest and at first glance will have many people thinking it is a good thing. It is most definitely not. It will take
our animal welfare back into the dark ages. He is counting on people not bothering to compare his explanation with the actual Bill and the way he has worded it makes it look like the arrangement with the Ministry of
Agriculture (OMFRA) Ontario Ministry of Agriculture ,Food and Rural Affairs is a done deal.
Unfortunately many people will not read between the lines, nor understand that his explanatory note and the Bill say two different things. People are not usually willing to wade through the legality of a Private Members Bill.
A reliable source who spoke with the Minister of Agriculture has noted that not only would he not support this, he had not even seen the Bill. It is all smoke and mirrors.”
It is MOST IRONIC that the Animal Legal Defense Fund had applauded Ontario’s Animal Protection Laws stating in their 2011 Report
We can all wonder just what the ALDF must be thinking now!!
10/06/2010 10:20:49 AM
CTV.ca News Staff
“Animals in Ontario, meanwhile, enjoy the best protection in Canada, the ALDF says, which ranked the province in the top spot. It applauded, in particular, Ontario’s mandatory restrictions on future ownership of animals for those convicted of animal cruelty.”
Here’s the full ranking list:
- 1. Ontario
- 2. Nova Scotia
- 3. Manitoba
- 4. New Brunswick
According to yet another un-named reliable source this comment has been made:
“- Jack MacLaren’s Bill 37 which proposed to gut the Ontario SPCA Act and strip the SCPA of pretty much all of their powers has indeed been withdrawn as has already been reported
- According to a template response being sent out by MacLaren’s office, the MP has drafted a new OSPCA bill which is apparently similar enough in intent to allow it to proceed to second reading on March 29th
- According to MacLaren, this bill would create a distinction between cruelty to dogs and cats and cruetly to farm animals, limiting the SPCA’s powers in the case of the latter
- It would also take away the SPCA’s enforcement and policing powers leaving them with the power to investigate and report their findings to police who would determine whether charges were warranted
It seems to me though from reviewing a copy of the new bill that MacLaren is not being completely upfront, in that his bill does a few more things than he’s suggesting.
- distress is redefined, possibly making it more difficult to prosecute for neglect – instead of meaning “the state of being in need of proper care, water, food or shelter or being injured, sick or in pain or suffering or being abused or subject to undue or unnecessary hardship, privation or neglect”, MacLaren’s definition limits distress to “any sickness, injury or physical pain or suffering resulting from abuse or neglect”
- it would also add policing costs and court costs– possibly in the millions or tens of millions of dollars — as it asks the police to dedicate time and resources to dealing with animal cruelty crimes after the SPCA has already investigated, creating unnecessary duplication and waste (triplication if you consider that OMAFRA investigators may also now be involved in cases that they previously would have left to the OSPCA) — and it involves the courts in issuing animal protection orders and removal orders, thousands a year and also warrants for situations that don’t now require warrants — would this money be made available or would animal crimes simply not be prosecuted?”
Here’s a couple of articles which talk about what MacLaren is doing:
Bill 37, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Act, 2012
Note that the FIRST READING in the House carried!!!
The “Smoke and Mirrors” : the Bill and the Explanatory Note say two different things:
Revised PC Party Act Still Guts Animal Cruelty Laws
In a recent letter to Premier McGuinty written by CFAWR:
This amended bill by Jack Maclaren has a clear conflict of interest and bias in this proposed Ontario legislation … Passage of the Bill would provide for zero transparency and accountability in a notoriously inhumane industry. Imagine: the very people who slaughter animals for food will be the ones to “ensure” standards are maintained
If you all do one thing today after you receive this E mail PLEASE click onto the web links and see for yourself what you will be allowing to happen to farm animals in Ontario Every animal welfare advocate and citizen in Canada and Ontario is asking that you DO NOT PASS THIS BILL
If an abused animal has to wait to be seen by a veterinarian what happens to all the abused animals who NEVER get taken to the vet .This point (7) is nothing short of allowing those who inflict torture and abuse on animals a free ride! Does Jack McLaren really believe a person who abuses their pet or other animal is going to take it to the vet ????
British Columbia knows firsthand that by the time you report and animal being abused and WAIT to get the paperwork the animal is “ disappeared “ or dead The BCSPCA has a very successful animal control force that can seizes an abused animal from the area it is located in. When any animal is being abused and tortured it cannot “ wait” for paperwork to be brought to safety!!!!
Enables BC SPCA constables to obtain a warrant to seize an animal using the … BC SPCA officers can
enter property and act immediately to help an animal in …
Please most kindly make yourselves aware of the federal Animal Cruelty legislation It is barely 3.5 pages There is virtually nothing in it to protect animals and nothing concrete that the judges and courts can utilize in make sound judgments with regard to prosecuting animal cruelty perpetrators Its basic tenets were written over 118 years ago! This is critical and in reference to point (9) of the proposed Maclaren Bill.
CURRENT LEGISLATION. Current Canadian Federal Animal …
Farm animals maybe food animals but they feel and suffer as we do and as all sentient creatures do. Please, please think about the catastrophic devastation and unspeakable pain and suffering you will be allowing to happen to factory farm animals, family pets and other animals…. if this bill is allowed to pass and its effect on all of those animals and creatures… who cannot speak up in their own defence? By not passing this bill you could be making the first and historic step in supporting Canada’s commitment in principle to the UDAW Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare
Set a shining example for the rest of Canada ? Please …do the right thing and protect the animals in Ontario?? Their million voices now lie in your hands !
Yours very Sincerely
Sarah West. Founder Canadians For Animal welfare Reform CFAWR www.cfwr.org
Co-Founder Canadian Animal Welfare Coalition.
Ambassador for Canada WORLD ANIMAL DAY
CETFA investigators recently concluded an investigation into conditions in Canadianbarns that spanned 4 provinces. The footage covers nearly all species of …CCFA | FAQ’s
Sadly, Canada’s anti-cruelty laws do not protect farm animals from suffering caused by factory farming systems provided they are considered standard industry …
7 Jan 2007 – Part II — good article to click after photographs of abused animals …..The majority of these are raised in factory farms where they are stacked in …
These are actual photographs and videos documenting the abuse found in “food animal” factories, stockyards, and slaughterhouses. Many people will find them …
Currently, there are 18 million pigs raised on factory farms in Canada, with this number set to rise over the coming years as export markets for pork increase.
7 May 2005 – Canada has around 2800 farms where broiler chickens are raised for meat. …. In order to maximize profits, factory farms often put the health of …
The MacLaren Bill must not be passed and NONE of the following below allowed
1. Separate inspections into (a) farm animal inspections and (b) non-farm animal inspections
2. -Farm inspections will be carried out by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
3. -Non-farm animal inspections will be carried out by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA)
4. -OMAFRA & OSPCA Inspection officers will be the first response to complaints and will be limited to observation, advisement, education, and writing reports on visits made
5. -Inspectors will no longer have the power of a police officer and will not be able to inspect without the permission of the land owner
6. -Enforcement will be done by the OPP or local police force ONLY after abuse has been substantiated and reported on by the inspectors. Police force enforcement to stop actual abuse should be few and far between
7. -Abused animal removal will only be done with the recommendation of a veterinarian and sanctioned by a justice of the peace
8. -OSPCA will no longer be able to invoice animal owners
9. -Only the police will be able to lay charges under the Provincial Offenses Act or the Criminal Code of Canada
You can add your voice in Opposing this Proposed Bill : Write your own emails: Just Copy and Paste these addresses into your TO Box.
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Posted in ALERTS, Animal Wellness, Factory Farm Animals, OSPCA (Ontario SPCA), PUPPY MILLS - INDUSTRY OF GREED, Recognizing Animal Cruelty, Shelter Animals, Toughen Municipal and Provincial Animal Protection Legislation, tagged Action Alert, animal cruetly legislation, animal legislation issues on March 1, 2012 | 3 Comments »
Ontario PC Party Bill Would Gut Animal Cruelty Laws
A Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario bill before the legislature would gut animal cruelty laws and remove prohibitions on causing cruelty and distress to animals, says Lawyers for Animal Welfare (LAW), a Toronto based Canadian registered charity.
Read more here: http://www.lawyersforanimalwelfare.com/media
According to the 2010 ALDF Report
Quoted: From CTV News Staff 10/06/2010 10:20:49 AM
“Animals in Ontario, meanwhile, enjoy the best protection in Canada, the ALDF says, which ranked the province in the top spot. It applauded, in particular, Ontario’s mandatory restrictions on future ownership of animals for those convicted of animal cruelty. “
There are very serious issues in Ontario!!! and something must be done to protect ALL animals in Ontario. Far too many are being killed in shelters, the negative reports concerning the OSPCA are well known, with far too many unacceptable excuses: and one can easily find these reports just by Googling. Remember the OSPCA is funded by the Feds!!!!! and still goes after taxpayer dollars all the time..wanting donations.
THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE IMPLEMENTING A TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE OSPCA AND SHELTERS AROUND ONTARIO!!!!” Did the Liberal Govt actually do this and what is the result?????!!!!!
May I suggest that the Animal Legal Defense Fund also be contacted to inform them of what is happening in Ontario.
You can also go to the ALDF website and download for yourself the most current report.
Animal Legal Defense Fund (email@example.com)
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Please take a few minutes tonight to post to all the animal groups you belong to and everyone you know to contact their MPP immediately as well as Tim Hudak to tell them to STOP BILL 37. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated or formal. Below are links to the contact information for MPP as well as Tim Hudaks email.
Everyone needs to call/write/email their MPP and Tim Hudak quickly – tonight. Bill 37 comes up for 2nd Reading later this week and if we nip it in the bud quickly we may be able to get it recinded so it will die on the floor and not get any further. There are a lot of people who want to see this go through which are mainly the Dairy Farmers Association and the Ontario Landowners Association and all farmers in Ontario. They are the ones who will benefit from this. These are two strong organizations. We must try to stop this now.
I am sure when you read what is in the Bill you will all agree with me that it needs to be stopped immediately. Here is the Bill and it will give you an idea of what is to come if we don’t stop them.
Here is the website promoting the Bill: http://www.fixtheospca.ca
Links for MPP contacts:
Unit M1 4961 King Street East Beamsville, Ontario L0R 1B0. Tel. 905-563-1755.
Fax. 905-563-1317. firstname.lastname@example.org. Toll Free. 1-800-665-3697 …
Thanks folks. If you can take the time I would be interested in knowing which groups if any you have posted to. Don’t forget the cats groups and rescues as well.
Posted in ALERTS, Help Needed, OSPCA (Ontario SPCA), Shelter Animals, Toughen Municipal and Provincial Animal Protection Legislation, tagged Action Alert, Animal Protection Legislation in Ontario on February 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
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.
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
Posted in ALERTS, Animal Wellness, ANIMALS IN RESEARCH, Change Cdn Federal Legislation, Commitment, DOG FIGHTING - THE VICTIMS, dogs in Canada's north, Factory Farm Animals, Fate of Sled Dogs, LOKI, LOKI : fact not fiction, OSPCA (Ontario SPCA), PUPPY MILLS - INDUSTRY OF GREED, Recognizing Animal Cruelty, seal hunt, Shelter Animals, Toughen Municipal and Provincial Animal Protection Legislation, United States - Action Needed, Wildhorses of America, Zoos and Aquariums, tagged animal cruelty in Canada's North, animal legislation issues, aNIMALS IN RESEARCH, Canadian seal hunt, LOKI Sole Survivor, LOKI UPDATES, PETA Speaks out, Saving America's Wild Horses on February 26, 2012 | 2 Comments »
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.
Now for the second year in a row, B.C. has approved and made this Proclamation in honor of those 100 Whistler dogs.
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.
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.
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!!!
Forgotten Dog’s Christmas~~
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
With no thought of the dog filling their head
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap
Knew he was cold, but didn’t care about that
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
But Santa Claus – with eyes full of tears
He un-chained the dog, once so lively and quick
Last year’s Christmas present, now painfully thin and sick
More rapid than eagles he called the dog’s name
And the dog ran to him, despite all his pain
“Now, DASHER! Now, DANCER! Now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET! On CUPID! On, DONNER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Let’s find this dog a home where he’ll be loved by all.”
I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year
For Santa Claus had made one thing quite clear
The gift of a dog is not just for the season
We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons
In our haste to think of the kids a gift
There was one important thing that we missed
A dog should be family, and cared for the same
You don’t give a gift, then put it on a chain
And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight
“You weren’t given a gift! You were given a LIFE!”
Posted in ALERTS, Help Needed, Petitions, Recognizing Animal Cruelty, Shelter Animals, tagged Action Alert, animal cruelty, animal legislation issues, cruelty against animals on December 17, 2011 | 15 Comments »
Bloggers note: Please take the time to COMMENT on this Blog Post to show your support for BRINDI, comments can then be passed onto Ms. Waterman and to Brindi’s owner. Confidentiality of your contact info will be honored unless permission to release is provided by you. Please also be sure to sign the petition: Link is contained below.
EXTREMELY URGENT. PLEASE READ FROM CAROL WATERMAN, MONTREAL, QC. CANADA: Founder and President of Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA)
(copied and pasted with permission)
TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY ??
I am a dedicated animal activist, Founder and President of Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA) and reside on the South Shore of Montreal, Quebec.
As you are well aware our Canadian animal laws are extremely antiquated and need to be drastically changed. I won’t write about our ever-failing MAPAQ (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food) in charge of our Quebec animal laws. That will be another story for the near future.
Many animals have been abandoned, lost or abused. Many end up in shelters because of the lack of room at non-profit rescues. Many of those innocent beings, who end up in shelters are killed via methods of euthanasia, or inhumanely killed “en masse” in gas chambers, or with heart sticks. It is heartbreaking to know that all these animals have suffered most of their lives and then die a horrific death !! In the meantime, we non-paid activists, volunteers and rescues work on a daily basis, trying to save as many animals as we can. No matter how difficult this work is & sometimes overwhelming we cannot quit, as we will have failed the animals. They need us as we are their voices, their hope and their angels !!
I would like to tell you one true story, and one that is very close to many hearts. It is about one precious, innocent dog in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her name is Brindi and she won’t be home for the holidays, as she is being held in a Halifax shelter. There is not much time left before Brindi could be sentenced to death !! The trial for Brindi’s owner, “Francesca Rogier” is scheduled for March 2 and March 16, 2012. Trial dates were initially set for November 2011, but had to be postponed due to an unfortunate injury to Francesca’s hand. I know Francesca personally and she is a wonderful, responsible person and loves her dog very much.
I am reaching out to all you good-hearted people to help save Brindi. It would be a miracle if a pro-bono lawyer would open up his/her heart and help Ms Rogier. Francesca does not have legal counsel and has to defend herself & Brindi, against the City of Halifax. Please send polite letters to the persons mentioned below. Halifax’s provincial law empowers both Minister of Justice “Ross Landry” and Minister of Municipal Affairs “The Honourable John MacDonnell” to intercede in a case being prosecuted by the Halifax Regional Municipality, and drop charges or stay the proceedings or stop them from going beyond the charges to ask for an order to sentence Brindi to death.
Please write and/or call them to say this. Use the bullet points below for other arguments that you may wish to make.
Nova Scotia Department of Justice
Minister of Justice Ross Landry:
Hon. Ross Landry email@example.com
5151 Terminal Road, P.O. Box 7
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L6
Phone: (902) 424-4030
Minister of Municipal Affairs:
Hon. John MacDonnell
Phone: (902) 424-5550
Fax: (902) 424-0581
Toll Free: 1-800-670-4357
Below are the events that have transpired since 2008.
Since August 2008, thousands of people worldwide, including myself, have been trying to save Brindi. We have a petition on line and to date has gathered 7,492 signatures. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-brindi-this-dog-must-not-be-euthanized/. Please circulate the petition and this message to everyone you know and post to your sites.
In this case, Halifax is seeking a court order to kill Brindi as an additional penalty. This is a repeat of the first trial in 2009-2010, in which her owner was charged for three by-law violations and but not until six months after the event, and immediately after the city lost its case in supreme court, but refused to return Brindi. Brindi’s health has suffered from three years of confinement, and her owner has lost a considerable amount of money, her life put on hold.
* Halifax decided in 2008 to muzzle, then seize and destroy Brindi, fully aware that she had never attacked a person and had not injured dogs at all, except for one minor injury that was treated with first aid. Ms Rogier spent thousands of dollars on legal fees to save Brindi and her beautiful, gentle dog was finally released in/around July 2010 after spending 2 long years in a shelter.
* Brindi was evaluated by several trainers and behaviorists at the request of her owner. None of these deemed Brindi dangerous. They regard her as territorial, and suggested more training.
* Brindi’s owner, Francesca Rogier, observed all court-imposed conditions for Brindi’s return.
* The conditions are: following a muzzle order, building and maintaining a dog run, and doing further training.
* The conditions were identical to the conditions she originally offered to the city in 2008, but were met with no response from the city.
* The incident leading to Brindi’s second seizure in September 2010 and a third year behind bars was an accidental event. Freak accidents do happen! People should not be punished for them by the destruction of a beloved family member. She remains incarcerated to this date.
* Moreover, the incident was no more serious than previous incidents. Like those, it occurred on or near her property – i.e. at most, a few feet from the boundary.
* Brindi simply needed more time to readjust to her surroundings, after being locked up for two years without contact with other dogs.
* Francesca worked with trainer Susan Jordan. She did more training that was required and continued after Brindi was released and not because a court ordered it, but because she wanted Brindi to be as perfect as possible.
DOG LAW MUST BE ENFORCED USING REASON AND DISCRETION
* Cities have a role to insure public safety, but within reason: they must also treat dogs and owners fairly.
* By-law infractions are minor offenses that are meant to be fined.
* Killing a dog is not a fair or moral penalty for any by-law infraction.
* If a city seeks to kill a dog it says is dangerous, it must present proper grounds. It must have proof that it has attacked with the intent to kill or do serious harm.
* Dogs that fight dogs are not necessarily a threat to public safety. Dogs are not part of the public. If they were, they would have rights!
* Dogs typically fight dogs as a way to establish dominance. It is no indication they will attack humans. And dogs can be trained out of this behavior.
* Fatalities due to dog attacks rank very low on the list of causes of accidental death and injury. They are not even among the top fifty.
UNFAIR TREATMENT OF DOGS AND OWNERS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE
* Cities should be held to a consistent standard that is in keeping with their usual enforcement of the by-law.
* Halifax decided in 2008 to muzzle, then seize and destroy Brindi, fully aware that she had never attacked a person and had not injured dogs at all, except for one minor injury that was treated with first aid.
* Halifax’s decision to kill Brindi was thus way out of line with its customary enforcement. Its decision to seize Brindi once again is not only cruel and unusual punishment itself, but also in stark contrast with its handling of a recent case of a pit bull that attacked a woman in the throat and face.
* The city has never had Brindi’s behavior evaluated professionally. It will not be bringing an expert witness to the trial. An animal control officer will testify, but she is not qualified in dog training and behavior.
* Clearly Halifax is not pursuing this case in the interest of public safety.
BOTTOM LINE: BRINDI IS NOT A KILLER AND MUST NOT BE KILLED !!
As well, please write to the lawyer for HRM Animal Services, Ms. Katherine Salsman – firstname.lastname@example.org. DO NOT SEND the above points to the lawyer. HRM refuses to let Brindi return home, regardless of her ill health. Since spending three long years in a shelter, Brindi has now developed two chronic conditions – pancreatitis and dental disease, and both are directly related to care/lack of care at the shelter. In addition to medical concerns there is the matter of the cost of the tests, which run over $200, in addition to the cost of the visits to the veterinary clinic, which Ms Rogier has been covering since September 2010. This is the second time in a year special tests have been necessitated by Brindi’s condition. In the opinion of Francesca’s vet, they have much to do with her care at the shelter. These costs are an extra burden for Francesca. In truth, they are rightly the responsibility of HRM, which I doubt that they will reimburse.
Anyone interested in helping should let HRM know that the world is watching and everyone is welcome to contact Ms Salsman directly. This city has not made one move to cooperate, negotiate, be reasonable or compassionate, since the day they took Brindi in July 2008. The very act of taking her followed the highly unreasonable action of muzzling her, which it did with the sole intent of seizing and killing her at the very next opportunity, despite the fact that she had not done anything to deserve it, and regardless of whether she would later hurt anybody or anything. In fact she had not !! It is not an issue that Halifax wants to “save face” – Halifax does not care !!
If you write any letters, please send me a copy so that I may send to Ms Rogier. Thank you for your valuable time, patience & understanding.
Bloggers note: Please leave your comments: if you have written a letter on Brindi’s behalf and wish to send to Ms. Waterman, I will then provide you with her personal email address so that you can forward your letter of support personally to her.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to Everyone !! Wishing you Peace and Health for the New Year !!
President and Founder
Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA)
What must be going through Brindi’s mind when she sees animal control officers show up at her door again, to take her away again, to be put in a cage again? The picture shown below says it all! This split photo is one of Brindi in July 2010, happy and energetic, socializing with those who love her. The second photo was taken directly after they seized her on September 27, 2010. The utter look of defeat in her eyes and the sadness. This is cruel and unnecessary punishment! We have to do everything we can to help save Brindi’s life!
For more information, please see Brindi’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/287807274888/
Hamilton Animal Control , Public Meeting Nov. 15th on amended bylaws