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You have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, here you will be safe, you will be happy, you will be free from pain.

GIDEON’S STORY:

Reward for information on abused dog

http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-national/reward-for-information-on-abused-dog

Penny Eims

, Dog News Examiner

“The defeat in his betrayed eyes is apparent – please send him your positive thoughts and compassion.”

“Betrayal at the hand of a loved one is the most painful type of betrayal possible.”

 

Update – injured dog found on roadside

http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-national/update-injured-dog-found-on-roadside

“Another victim in what seems to be a never-ending, vicious pursuit by individuals hell bent on making money off of the backs of the defenseless.”

All of his wounds were caused by dog-fighting as we suspected. He has some old wounds that were left untreated but the major concern right now is his leg. His leg has been torn apart and broken. This has caused major infection..”

 

Sometimes good bye is the kindest gesture

http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-national/sometimes-good-bye-is-the-kindest-response?CID=examiner_alerts_article

“The photo of Gideon lying on the veterinary exam table was a tragic indication of what was going to happen…

The image captured a look of utter defeat and surrender in Gideon’s eyes – this was a dog who had long ago given up on any form of human kindness.”

 

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It never ceases to amaze and anger me at the outright blatant stupidity, thoughtlessness, indifference and abject cruelty shown to animals.

This video speaks volumes.

We can all be ever grateful to the man who found these poor dogs, who took the necessary action to get them help.


These dogs are in CRISIS!!!!

Dogs Rescued On Canada’s Hottest Day In Recorded History

 http://youtu.be/AWReI8F_0Kc

JUST BECAUSE THESE PIGS ARE DESTINED FOR DINNER PLATES DOES NOT JUSTIFY INHUMANE TREATMENT!!

TORONTO PIG SAVE

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.171612726242034.42372.102348529835121

Quality Meat Packers, Toronto pig slaughterhouse that fails to protect pigs from heat distress, featured in Western Hog Journal

http://www.cetfa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=439%3Aquality-meat-packers-toronto-pig-slaughterhouse-that-fails-to-protect-pigs-from-heat-distress-featured-in-western-hog-journal&catid=1%3Alatest&Itemid=107

The Great Listening, poem by Lyn Dalebout

http://youtu.be/hGrrak0KOVU

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In my ever increasing attempts to keep Loki safe until he chooses to enter my home as a loved family member, I have put his videos on YouTube.  Now everyone can see for themselves this beautiful gentle boy.

Am not yet the greatest at doing videos, so please bear with me.

You can find his videos (2 so far) on YouTube: TudraVoices Channel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdC2PoeS39Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPMD3YoqO2Q

 

 

 

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http://links.spcai.org/C2L/er.aspx?k=Z9jr53lAmzFWTvWjVH0F7G4asNVKETy9IK4KZI1uTWSqH9fF40uiDkRLqzzsLD_c

TO VIEW ABOVE LINK AND LEARN ABOUT “LADY”:  COPY AND PASTE INTO BROWSER!!!!

  When you link in to send your message to the White House, there will be box to select your topic. “Afghanistan/Iraq” will be one of the topics you can choose. By choosing this topic you are most likely to have your message read.

You can click the link:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact?utm_source=email114&utm_medium=footer&utm_campaign=immigration

This is the message I just sent President Obama at the White House.  Please take the time to do the same in your own words.   Thank you.  Please remember to be polite!!!

Sir:

I wish to comment with dismay about the military canines that will apparently be left behind in Iraq and at other bases in the Middle East.  In particular “Lady” who has served so honorably, bravely and with great loyalty to the base which she protected. The following is quoted from the alert which I received from SPCA International

“4 year-old Lady has served at a U.S. Base as a Force Protection Canine since 2007.  She’s been a brave and loyal guard dog to each unit that rotated in and out of her base.  And she is Navy Lt. John’s best friend.  And he is hers.  When Lt. John’s unit comes home from Iraq, Lady will be all alone.  Another unit will not be assigned to the base.  She will be thrown-out onto the streets.  She won’t survive. Without Lt. John’s love and protection, she will die.  I know he is desperate beyond words for us to save her.”

Far too often throughout history, military animals have been left behind, to suffer the consequences of abandonment.  The US Military often relied upon US citizens to donate to the war effort by providing horses and dogs, family pets, only to see them never return.

Given that the US Military easily made arrangements to have “Lady” and others like her transported to the Middle East, it is beyond all comprehension, that the US Military cannot evacuate these comrades in arms back home to the safety of the US.  These loyal companions need to be honored, not discarded.

Please do not allow these animals to become abandoned and victims of hostility, starvation and much worse.

I respectfully request that all out effort to have these War Veterans returned to the US to live out the rest of their lives in comfort and in recognition of the valued service to their home country and to the men and women to which they brought much solice during their tours of duty away from home and families.

Thank you.

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THIS URGENT APPEAL IS BEING POSTED .  MS. ECCLES IS SCRAMBLING RIGHT NOW.

THE PUPPY IN THIS POST WAS RESCUED FROM THE BACK OF AN ABANDONED PICK UP TRUCK LAST MONTH. DESPITE SUB ZERO TEMPERATURES AND SUFFERING FROM FROSTBITE, LINDA SAVED THIS YOUNGSTER AND HE IS NOW IN SAFE AND CARING HANDS RELOCATED FROM INUVIK.

HE IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THE MANY DOGS IN NEED.

TO THOSE PARTIES WHICH HAVE RESPONDED THANK YOU SO MUCH.

FOR THOSE WHO FEEL THEY CAN HELP PLEASE CONTACT LINDA IN INUVIK, CONTACT INFO IS AT BOTTOM OF LETTER.

 

 

 

April 1/2011

LETTER FROM:

Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA

Box 2202, Inuvik NT

X0E-0T0

 

Attention:   Animal Rescue Groups, Shelters, Organizations

 

Hello from Inuvik NT

 

My name is Linda Eccles I am the Executive Director for the BDR SPCA in Inuvik NT. We also try to help communities in the Beaufort Delta Area.

 

I’m writing to you today to see if you may be able to help in some way with a rescue of some dogs stuck in transit at foster homes and in pens etc in Yellowknife. I work close with Yellowknife SPCA who does take our animals when they can.

 

They in return send the dogs on to Foster care with a group called Pawsitive Match based in Edmonton. All appeared to be going well when all of a sudden things came to a grinding Holt. I have been told 160 I believe are stuck in foster care and have not been adopted.

 

Yellowknife SPCA has dogs in foster who are stuck as well and they need to get help for these dogs so they can accept a few from us.

 

They are unable to move any as Pawsitive Match appears to not be able to find homes as quick as we had though. A bit of a mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Yellowknife is in a greater position to make a rescue happen if you are able to help they use First Air to send dogs out and they do use the radio and paper as a great tool for promotion.

 

We were thinking in terms of a Rescue from the North to your shelter as an in kind crusade if you have some room. Any help is better than none and we would make sure all details are responded to in a professional manner.

 

We may be able to get the Airline to provide some expense knocked of the flights but if you are in any way able to support flights in-kind that would be very helpful as Yellowknife is just in the middle of raising money for a shelter for the animals of the North. We will also be trying to raise money for them to get out.

 

Just a few ideas to help the numbers stuck!!!!! App 30 dogs need help

 

We look forward to hearing from you in any manner of assistance, or any other shelters who may be able to help.

 

gleccles@northwestel.net

867-678-2911

 

Sincerely

Linda Eccles

 

BDR SPCA

Executive Director

Animal Cruelty Officer

ECE Humane Educator

 

 

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FOR ANYONE THINKING THIS IS FAKE BELOW IS THE MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM LINDA ECCLES, PRESIDENT OF THE BEAUFORT DELTA REGIONAL SPCA:

From: gleccles@northwestel.net
To:
Subject: Re: Candidacy consent form
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:07:38 -0600

“All our contacts for dogs have come to a hault!!!!! They are all full they are short foster homes and dogs are not moving. Yellowknife and Pawsitive match in Alberta.

do you have any connection I can call??”

A message to the individual from one unknown group that accused this urgent request for help as being FAKE… how about you do your research!!!  Go through the archives on this Blog and view the very graphic pictures submitted by Ms. Eccles which are posted here.  This is what this dedicated woman deals with all the time!  She recently had to contend with a Parvo outbreak and was without a vet for months!!

How dare this one person make such a false accusation!!!

Anyone, rescue group, shelter, or humane society that has room to take rescued pups and dogs out of Inuvik you are asked to contact Linda Eccles at the email address as shown in the above email

Linda has advised me that Dog Packs are forming and on the move, looking for females, spring is a bad time of year, a lot of unwanted pups are going to be born.  Inuvik as do some NT communities does have a shoot to kill policy when the numbers of animals becomes unmanageable.  The municipally owned and operated animal holding facility can only take in approx 10 animals, if they can not be relocated, if owners do not claim them or if they cannot be adopted out, then ….you get the picture.  The Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA does not have it’s own shelter.

The NWTSPCA does not have it’s own shelter and boards rescues at a kennel, they cannot take in anymore.  The Hay River shelter cannot take in anymore either and are also looking for foster homes.

Northern Canada is not equipped the same as the rest of Canada, no real shelters, only one established vet hospital in Yellowknife and a small vet clinic in Inuvik.   A travelling vet from Alberta comes to Hay River for only a few days once a month, nearby remote communities and Fort Smith receive his services.

Critically sick or injured animals must be flown to Yellowknife or travel by ferry, communities closest to Alberta must make a 4-5 hour drive to the Alberta vet.   Alot of owners cannot afford these expenses for travel costs, hence a lot of animals die.  Unwanted pups are dumped, abandoned, dogs are left to starve to death and are tied with muzzles taped and shot.  See picture of one such poor dog in Fort McPherson: picture provided by Linda.

Mother and Daughter staring in Beaufort Delta Region

Linda found this animal still alive and frozen to the floor of his wooden doghouse!!

Again to the individual who claims all this is fake SHAME ON YOU!  HOW DARE YOU!!!

 

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Anyone who has had to deal with government bureaucracy on any level has undoubtedly experienced sheer frustration. If one is not left on hold, then one will find themselves transferred to various departments, speaking to numerous individuals that for the most part, either cannot answer your questions directly or who have no idea at all whom you should actually speak with.

As to the process of lobbying for improved legislation that is a different matter entirely. One’s frustration levels rise beyond description, patience rapidly becomes nonexistent and faith in one’s elected representatives rapidly becomes mute.

The process, which I began three long and arduous years ago, to convince the Territorial Government to enact Legislation to Protect Animals in the Northwest Territories, fits well with the description in the above paragraph. It appears that moving forward into the 21st Century must be a source of intimidation and fear for many GNWT Ministers and certain MLA’s. It is also evident that in one specific instance faith in an elected representative of the people is precarious.

On February 9, 2005 Ms. Sandy Lee, MLA, Yellowknife (Range Lake),now Minister of Health, stood in front of the Legislative Assembly and spoke out for the need of Animal Protection in the NT.

The following excerpt is quoted from the GNWT Hansard date February 9, 2005.

Friends: by Ms. Sandy Lee – MLA, Yellowknife (Range Lake)

“Speaking of roosters, Mr. Speaker, I believe one of the most important jobs we have as MLAs is to crow out loud like roosters about all the issues that are important to our constituents, especially on behalf of those who are most vulnerable and voiceless. At this point, I think we would be hard pressed to find too many who are as voiceless and powerless as our canine friends.”

“Over the last few months, Mr. Speaker, we have really been subject to stories filled with harrowing and inhumane treatment of four-legged residents in our community. In January, Mr. Speaker, we read in The Hub [Ed. Note - Hay River, NWT newspaper] about a puppy being rescued lying on top of his dead sister puppy after they were both thrown into the dumpster and left to freeze to death in sub-arctic temperatures. Most recently, we have been hearing about the six sled dogs shot in the mouth and face; not shot in a way to euthanize them quickly and humanely, but left to die by bleeding to death or by choking in their own blood inside their broken jaws. Mr. Speaker, I feel compelled to state this in a very descriptive and dramatic way because I believe this government has an obligation to say something about how this is not acceptable and stand by and give some teeth to the NWT Dog Act that is already in place as well as enforcing the criminal court provisions that speaks to inhumane and cruel treatment of animals. Mr. Speaker, many studies have shown that those who exercise violence against their family, spouses, and children, also show tendencies to be violent towards animals or treat them in an inhumane way. I believe it all speaks to the behavior of those who are not able to empathize with the pain and suffering of others. In the days and weeks ahead, I will be pursuing these issues. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.” February 9, 2005 – NWT Hansard (copyright Government of NWT).

Ms. Lee’s statement is also contained on the link below, in a brief whereby various areas in Canada are noted for animal cruelty. One may also view the satellite images of various dog yards in the NWT and elsewhere on this site.

http://sleddogwatchdog.com/sleddogcountry_nwt.html

Given the statement made by Ms. Sandy Lee, on February 9, 2005 one must ask the question as to why Ms. Lee failed to hear and acknowledge the protest not only against the original deadly clause in the amended Dog Act, but also failed to respond to the added protest of the reworded deadly clause which replaced the first one. Obviously the constituents in Yellowknife who opposed the clause were not represented in the manner that they expected.  One may also question as to why Ms. Lee failed to initiate any proactive measures in 2005 to begin work on Animal Protection BACK IN 2005

As for the arguments made by Mr. David Krutko, MLA, MacKenzie Delta, Fort McPherson to keep the loophole within the new Dog Act, one can see why: these pictures speak for themselves. You can clearly see that one dog is tied to a stake and shot, and the unacceptable set up where animals are penned waiting to be shot. A most common practice within Mr. Krutko’s riding and a situation that apparently he does not wish to see changed.

 

Pictures provided by Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA: taken in Fort McPherson, Mr. Krutko’s riding

 

As for Minister Michael Miltenberger, MLA for Fort Smith who voted in favor of keeping the reworded loophole, a person  cannot begin to  imagine what Fort Smith residents are thinking of their MLA.  A special trip was made to Fort Smith by the Public Hearings Committee, the Committee heard them  speak passionately and unanimously against any “exceptions”. These voiceswere from so many different perspectives, including aboriginal, traditional, long-term and new residents of NWT.  It is shameful to have the clear voices of the voters and tax payers of this town and elsewhere trampled on by Cabinet, and to have our public’s moral standards sullied by Cabinet’s voice.

So much for moving into the 21st Century! and trusting in Democracy!

Now onto Inuvik, Premier Floyd Roland, MLA for Inuvik Boot Lake and MACA Minister Robert C. McLeod, MLA for Inuvik Twin Lakes, who as Cabinet Ministers voted in favor of keeping the loophole within the new Dog Act.

Just two years ago, the situation with the Inuvik Animal Holding Facility administered and owned by the Town of Inuvik came under fire for the deplorable conditions of the dogs held within this facility as well as the environment in which they remained, some for up to 6-8 months. When Ms. Eccles brought RCMP to inspect this facility, animals were found with eyes reddened from the high concentration of ammonia built up from filthy pens, the stench and strength of fumes so strong that both she and RCMP Officers could not remain inside for more than mere minutes. Note that there was no ventilation system in place or windows that could be opened. Approximately 10 dogs were involved, some of which were actually tied outside, tangled on too short leads, overturned water buckets and dog crates were also found in the yard of the facility, some overturned crates containing living, breathing dogs.

Now in accordance with Inuvik By-Laws: dogs were to be held at the facility for only up to 3-5 days, also specified within the By-Law is the appropriate length of chain to be used to tie an animal and that it must be on a swivel. Also in place is the Relocation Program that Ms. Eccles had established whereby dogs would be sent to Calgary Humane Society. Ms. Eccles, President of the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA, Animal Cruelty Investigator and Humane Educator and former By-Law Officer along with the Town resident veterinarian had approached the Town many times in an attempt to remedy the deplorable conditions at this municipally owned and operated shelter and had confirmed that no animals had been relocated to Calgary in months. Ms. Eccles also had her offer of assistance made to the Town Officials denied. Her request, as the President of the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA (which she founded) to be permitted to regularly inspect the dogs held at this facility, was also denied

Unfortunately for the animals, the attempts by Ms. Eccles and the town’s resident vet  to alleviate the conditions these animals were subject to were unsuccessful. Additionally Ms. Eccles took the issue to the Crown. MACA Minister Robert C. McLeod, MLA for Inuvik Twin Lakes was made aware of the situation, as was MLA Paul Delorey. Mr. McLeod was requested to intervene however failed to do so stating that the Territorial Government had no authority to intervene in municipal affairs. Untrue in accordance with the Act related to Towns, Hamlets and Municipalities.

This incident was covered by Northern News services. The end result is that the dogs were ordered destroyed by the Town, rather than relocated, and the facility was cleaned up. No charges were laid in this case. In addition, Ms. Eccles and members of the BDRSPCA received emails from an out of territory lawyer threatening a slap suit would be filed against them on behalf of specific former Town Officials should this issue receive further public scrutiny and if the pictures taken of the animals in the presence of RCMP Officers at the time the facility was inspected were made public.

The point being made is that this situation was allowed to go on for a lengthy period of time, under the very noses of both Premier Floyd Roland and MACA Minister Robert C. McLeod, both of whom are MLA’s for Inuvik.

Moving on to MLA for the Sahtu, Mr. Norman Yakeleya, who voted to keep the “exceptions” clause based on his argument that the Committee did not go to the smaller communities.

Mr. Yakeleya in his statement before the committee stated: “We certainly heard very passionately from the larger centers that we went to, but we did not go to the predominantly smaller communities of Aboriginal people, we did not get their view.” Excerpt unedited GNWT Hansard March 3, 2022 Page 65.

Smaller community members were invited to attend the Public Hearings held in the larger centers, and provisions were in place in order to provide any residents of these communities with transportation so that they could attend the Public Hearings. Unfortunately the Committee conducting these Hearings did not receive such requests from smaller community residents.

It is  ironic and  seemingly hypocritical that the Government of the Northwest Territories has moved ahead with the new Wildlife Act despite the fact that the very same point has been raised that aboriginal residents in the smaller and more remote communities were not able to voice their concerns and input.

The research used in the decision making process for this new NWT Wildlife Act  is ten (10) years old and not current and as pointed out, times have changed, population densities have changed, herd counts have changed in the last ten years.

Mr. Norman Yakeleya’s use of reference to smaller more remote communities not having had a say in the new Dog Act was his primary argument for allowing the “exceptions” to remain in the new Dog Act yet the same thing can be said about the new Wildlife Act…..so why is he not screaming as loudly about that?

As for Kevin Menicoche, MLA Nahendeh who voted to keep the loophole, according to the unedited Hansard Transcript (page 5) he felt that “the power was best left to the municipality”. He also referenced the Public Hearing held in Fort Smith where he stated “They cited…many examples of possible animal cruelty. It depends on your perspective.”

Is allowing for one’s perspective the condoning of:

ALIVE & FROZEN TO FLOOR OF DOGHOUSE                          STARVING, SEVERE EYE INFECTIONS

PAULATUK, NT          “DECEASED”                                                   BEAUFORT DELTA REGION:  ‘DECEASED”

 

IS IT LOGICAL TO RELY ON MUNICIPAL BY LAWS THAT ALLOW THIS???

 

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER STARVING; BEAUFORT DELTA REGION

Ms. Eccles did approach the owners of these young dogs, offering assistance and recommendations for proper care. No charges were laid in this incident and the dogs remained on that property, outcome unknown.

BODY OF DEAD PUP, HAY RIVER, NT

As evidenced by the Whati case, the Tuktoyaktuk case involving Lucky Pokiak’s dogs, the Beh Choko case whereby 44 dogs owned by Dene Artist Archie Beaulieu had to be destroyed, the six puppies found in the Beh Choko dump with their tiny throats slashed, the Inuvik incident and the recent Hay River Hoarding case, and given that on February 4, 2011 Judge Malakoe threw out three charges under current Hay River By Laws Animal Control brought against a town resident, it is clearly obvious that Municipal By Laws fall very short in providing any form of Animal Protection whatsoever and to rely on common sense as was also mentioned during the recent discussions before Cabinet is clearly not an option as exampled in the above mentioned cases.

Left:  Pokiak dogs, Tuktoyaktuk: no charges laid, no help given to dogs!!!

As to the other Cabinet Ministers who chose to take the unprecedented move in actually voting themselves, normally Cabinet Members do not; one must use their own imagination and speculate as to why they did so.

Puppy found : Inuvik: 2011 in the back of abandoned pick up truck:  sub-zero temperatures.  Rescued and relocated to southern rehab center. Inuvik!

In Northern News coverage February 28, 2011, Mr. Ramsay stated concerning this reworded loophole “If I can’t interpret that or if Joe Public can’t interpret that legislation, once a court gets it and lawyers get it, there will be no charges laid, you can derive a truck through it.” He also went on to say that during the hearings he heard ‘overwhelmingly’ ‘there should be no exceptions for cruelty, neglect and abuse of dogs’. He is quoted as saying “I agree with that, I don’t think there should be any exception at all”.

Ms. Bisaro (page 64 of unedited Hansard) disagreed with MACA Minister Robert C. McLeod’s agreeing that retaining the loophole was the will of the committee, initially the committee had been divided on whether the three sections actually needed to be in the act. However, once the Committee heard the protest against any “exceptions” they felt relatively confident that by bringing the voice of those opposed to these “exceptions” that these clauses would be removed from the new Dog Act.  As Ms. Bisaro pointed out, their decision was that these issues would be debated on the House floor, discussed further and debated.

It appears the MACA Minister’s decision to not debate these concerns as wished by the Public Hearings Committee he thereby backed those in favor of the “exception” clause and was of great influence possibly sealing the future fate awaiting dogs of the NWT and the wiggle room allowed!

Mr. Bromley (page 60 unedited Hansard) brought up the issue as to the actual length of time taken in this process, pointing out the limitations in the ability to draft legislation quickly. Mr. Bromley also mentioned that the commitments that were indicated earlier were not met and that the public was understandably disappointed.

In her motion to have subsections 4(3), 4(4) and 4(5) deleted Ms. Bisaro presented her argument and quoted an Aboriginal with whom she spoke :   he said:

“Abuse of dogs is abuse of dogs. There is no reason, whether you are using your dog in a traditional practice or other. It is abuse of the dog and it shouldn’t be. That in the course of normal activities, Aboriginal people do not mistreat their dogs.”

Ms. Bisaro agreed with this respected elder and felt that these three clauses relating to the notion of accepted activity were not needed. Mr. Menicoche disagreed with this respected elder and voted to keep the “exception” clause!!   Hhhhmmmmm!

Mr. Ramsay’s Committee conducting the Public Hearings also raised a good point when they recommended exploring options to expand access to veterinary services across the NWT.   Mr. Yakeleya did bring forward this motion, this motion was seconded by Mr. Jacobson and hopefully will be explored further.

As pointed out before Cabinet by Mr. Ramsay, (page 63) (unedited version) “When we went out to public hearings, we heard, again, overwhelmingly that we shouldn’t be allowing for any exceptions to the abuse, neglect or cruelty to dogs. If folks are in accordance with the legislation, they have nothing to fear.” BRAVO MR. DAVID RAMSAY!!

Sincere gratitude must be given to the following MLA’s who fought the good fight to ensure that dogs in the NWT would have the protection (without loopholes) that these animals rightly deserve. These MLA’s believe in moving forward into the 21st Century, and that includes providing an Animal Protection Act that should live up to and should have set a shining example to the standards set out by Provincial Acts administered by the rest of Canada. An Act which should be without any exceptions and loopholes big enough  to “drive a truck through it”.

It is most unfortunate, most disappointing and most certainly reflects poorly on the Territorial Government that despite the opposition to any/all exceptions being contained within the new Dog Act, that those Cabinet Members and few MLA’s who chose to ignore the protest of NT residents as well the North American and International protest which wrang loud and clear, made a rather  highly unusual move, by standing up and voting themselves in order to defeat the motion to remove these three “exception” clauses.

A very special thank you to the MLA’s who had the courage to speak out against the decades of unabated, unprosecuted animal cruelty prevalent across the Northwest Territories.

Mr. David Ramsay, Mr. Robert Bromley, Mr. Paul Delorey, Ms. Jane Groenewegen, Ms. Wendy Bisaro, Mr. Beaulieu, Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Jacobson. Thank you also to Mr. Paul Delorey, MLA Hay River North and Speaker of the House (not present for vote) but who was the first MLA to actually sit down and discuss and address this issue with me personally in 2008.

The above named MLA’s did what Ms. Sandy Lee who spoke to the Legislative Assembly February 9, 2005 addressing the issue of animal cruelty and clearly stated: “Speaking of roosters, Mr. Speaker, I believe one of the most important jobs we have as MLAs is to crow out loud like roosters about all the issues that are important to our constituents, especially on behalf of those who are most vulnerable and voiceless. At this point, I think we would be hard pressed to find too many who are as voiceless and powerless as our canine friends. “

“Over the last few months, Mr. Speaker, we have really been subject to stories filled with harrowing and inhumane treatment of four-legged residents in our community. I believe it all speaks to the behavior of those who are not able to empathize with the pain and suffering of others. In the days and weeks ahead, I will be pursuing these issues. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.”

By voting to keep the “exceptions”  within the new Dog Act: Is Ms. Lee now “unable to empathize with the pain and suffering of others”?


Special Thank You also goes out to those private individuals of conscious who wrote their own letters supporting Animal Protection in the NWT, to those thousands from across North America and the International Community who signed the initial petition circulated in 2008, who spoke out opposing any exceptions and to those 780+ persons who signed the petition opposing the loophole, and to those who continue to sign in protest.

Thank you to those members of the community who turned up at the Public Hearings and to those Animal Welfare Organizations who presented their own critiques, comments and valued input into the Amended Act and who continue to provide encouragement and support towards a Comprehensive Animal Protection Act. These organizations are:

Animal Defense League of Canada, Animal Alliance of Canada, Humane Society International Canada, Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform and the Canadian Federation of Humane Society.

Thank you Linda Eccles President of the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA for the tremendous work you continue to do in Inuvik, thank you Nicole Spencer, NWTSPCA and to the Fort Smith Animal Society and the dedicated group of volunteers in Hay River.

To be at least somewhat gracious, one must also thank the GNWT for actually taking the time needed and the distribution of expenditures throughout this whole process. As we have seen the government wheel of process turns extremely slowly.

In Summary the Northwest Territory now has an Amended Dog Act, and despite the contained loophole so highly protested, the new Act is a good start. It is the First Step towards a Comprehensive Animal Protection Act. A motion to begin work on the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act was seconded, and the work started now will be carried forward to the newly elected Territorial Government. Elections are scheduled for this Fall, and hopefully it will be remembered by the voters who protested this loophole, exactly which of their MLA’s and Cabinet Members voted in favor of allowing the “exceptions” (against the wishes of their constituents) and in doing so allowed wiggle room for those who commit acts of neglect and violence against the dogs of the Northwest Territories.

All of you who were opposed to any form of exceptions to the new Dog Act are urged to contact, with thanks, their MLA representatives who opposed the loophole.  These representatives LISTENED to you, they SPOKE OUT for you, they made your voices HEARD before the Cabinet.  They SPOKE  FOR THE THOUSANDS OF ANIMAL VICTIMS here.

PLEASE THANK:

MLA’S WHO OPPOSED REWORDED ‘EXCEPTIONS’ CLAUSE/LOOPHOLE AND VOTED TO HAVE IT DELETED

David Ramsay, MLA Kam Lake david_ramsay@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2296
Fax: 867-873-0276

Wendy Bisaro, MLA Frame Lake wendy_bisaro@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2274
Fax: 867-873-0276

Robert Bromley, MLA Weledeh bob_bromley@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2272
Fax: 867-873-0276

Jane Groenegen, MLA Hay River South jane_groenewegen@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2292; Fax: 867-873-0276
Constituency office:
3 – 66 Woodland Drive; Hay River, NT; X0E 1G1
Phone: 867-874-6141; Fax: 867-874-6143

Robert Hawkins, MLA Yellowknife Centre robert_hawkins@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2265
Fax: 867-873-0276

Jackie Jacobson, MLA Nunakput jackie_jacobson@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2276
Fax: 867-873-0276

Tom Beaulieu, MLA, Tu Nedhe tom_beaulieu@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2287
Fax: 867-873-0276 

Mr Paul Delorey, MLA Hay River North, Speaker of House paul_delorey@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

Phone:  867-669-2234

Fax:  867-873-0273

Constituency Office

Suite 202, 76 Capital Dr., Hay River, NT X0E 0G2

Phone: 867-874-6301  Fax: 867-874-6079


You are also urged to contact those Cabinet Ministers and MLA’s LISTED BELOW who supported and voted to retain THE “EXCEPTIONS” CLAUSE and to voice your own views on the retention of this clause.

Unfortunately the Consensus Government of the Northwest Territories FAILED TO LISTEN, FAILED TO HEAR you!!!

WHY IS THAT??

CABINET MINISTERS AND MLAS WHO VOTED TO KEEP REWORDED’EXCEPTIONS’ CLAUSE IN AMENDED DOG ACT


FLOYD ROLAND, PREMIER, MLA INUVIK BOOT LAKE floyd_roland@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9 P: 867-669-2311; F: 867-873-0385 Toll free: 1-800-661-0784 Constituency Office: Box 1998; 181 Mackenzie Road; Inuvik, NT; X0E 0T0 P: 867-777-4693; F: 867-777-4694

J. Micheal Miltenberger, MLA Thebacha and Minister micheal_miltenberger@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
P: 867-669-2355; F: 867-873-0596
Constituency office:
#206 McDougal Road; Upper Level; Fort Smith, NT; X0E 0P0
P: 867-872-5511; F: 867-872-5642

Jackson Lafferty, MLA Monfwi and Minister of Justice jackson_lafferty@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
P: 867-669-2399; F: 867-873-0274

Michael McLeod, MLA Deh Cho and Minister michael_mcleod@gov.nt.ca 

Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
P: 867-669-2377; F: 867-873-0169

Constituency Office:
PO Box 149; Fort Providence, NT; X0E 0L0
P: 867-699-4003; F: 867-699-4005

Bob McLeod, MLA Yellowknife South and Minister bob_mcleod@gov.nt.ca  

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
P: 867-669-2388; F: 867-873-0169

Robert C. McLeod, MLA Inuvik Twin Lakes and MACA Minister robert_c_mcleod@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2366; Fax: 867-873-0431
Constituency office:
P.O. Box 3130; Inuvik, NT; X0E 0T0
Phone: 867-678-2429; Fax: 867-678-2431
Sandy Lee, MLA Range Lake and Minister sandy_lee@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
P: 867-669-2344; F: 867-873-0169

MICHAEL MCLEOD, MINISTER, MLA DEH CHO michael_mcleod@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9  P: 867-669-2377,  F: 867-873-0169

BOB MCLEOD, MLA YELLOWKNIFE SOUTH and MINISTER bob_mcleod@gov.nt.ca  


P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
P: 867-669-2388; F: 867-873-0169

Robert C. McLeod, MLA Inuvik Twin Lakes and MACA Minister robert_c_mcleod@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2366; Fax: 867-873-0431
Constituency office:
P.O. Box 3130; Inuvik, NT; X0E 0T0
Phone: 867-678-2429; Fax: 867-678-2431
SANDY LEE, MLA RANGE LAKE, MIN. OF HEALTH sandy_lee@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
P: 867-669-2344; F: 867-873-0169

DAVID KRUTKO, MLA MACKENZIE DELTA david_m_krutko@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2285; Fax: 867-873-0274
Constituency office:
Box 266; Fort McPherson, NT; X0E 0J0
Phone: 867-952-2652

NORMAN YAKELEYA, MLA SAHTU norman_yakeleya@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
P: 867-669-2270; F: 867-873-0276

KEVIN MENICOCHE, MLA NAHENDEH kevin_menicoche@gov.nt.ca

P.O. Box 1320; Yellowknife, NT; X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2294; Fax: 867-873-0276
Constituency office:
Box 266; Fort Simpson, NT; X0E 0N0
Phone: 867-695-3780; Fax: 867-695-3781

The watchful eyes of North America and the International Community will remain focused on the Northwest Territories. Just what will they see? and will their opinions change? We can only hope so.

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IS THIS AN ACCEPTABLE PRACTICE BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES????

ABANDONED AND LEFT TO STARVE AND FREEZE TO DEATH ON A CHAIN!!!!  HE DID NOT SURVIVE!!!!

IS THIS THE RESULT OF LOCALLY ACCEPTED PROTECTION UNDER MUNICIPAL BY LAWS!!!!

 

IN RESPONSE TO ALERT CALLING FOR ACTION:  TO ELIMINATE ALL LOOPHOLES IN NEW NT DOG ACT

PUBLISHED WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE WRITER.  LETTER SENT TO MLA’S AND GNWT MINISTERS

LETTERS LIKE THIS ARE VERY MUCH NEEDED!!!

THANK YOU MY FRIEND FOR STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE!!!!

 

Dear Sirs,

Please take into consideration what I am about to say. I will put forth my most compelling arguments against allowing any sort of exemption in an anti-cruelty law, then leave it in your responsible hands to do the right thing in the upcoming vote.

There is no dog-dependent activity, traditional or otherwise, which requires the suffering or neglect of the animals involved. None. Mushers, hunters, trappers and regular dog owners all have the capacity, and responsibility, to provide a life free from suffering for their animals. Inconvenience, cost and time constraints are deeply inadequate excuses for not keeping ones dogs sheltered, fed, socialized, exercised and checked by veterinarians. If these demands are prohibitive, then perhaps the people fighting them should simply not own dogs. In this age of snowmobiles, dogs are hardly a necessity of life. If you can’t care for them properly, don’t have them. If only similar laws were available for children.

The current amendment has been changed from “traditional” practices to “accepted” practices, which is in so many ways worse. There are many, deny it if you like, accepted practices in northern communities that certainly should not be. The entire purpose of new legislation is to change and improve existing practices. “Accepted” is many long miles from “right”. Think of the other elements of your communities that are “accepted” – do you hold that all of these are worth protecting simply because people have turned a blind eye all these years?

Finally, you may or may not be aware that the tide of opinion in the rest of Canada has swung overwhelmingly pro-animal rights. You need only to look at the global backlash to the Whistler sled dog incident. Imagine if all these people could also see how dogs in northern communities are treated? It is only a matter of time before they do, then the shame will be yours. Who are you trying to protect with these exemption clauses? Is it really so important to entrench a person’s right to tie their dog to a short chain for life? To shoot or drown unwanted puppies year after year? To only occasionally feed or acknowledge the creature banished to the corner of the yard? Are any one of you trying to say that these things are inherent to native culture and need protecting? Is this the message you wish to send about your constituents? That the neglect dogs and general disrespect of living things are a fundamental part of northern identity?

If these are not your intentions, please reflect on your opinions to date and the decisions you’ve recently made. It is time for the NWT to join the rest of Canada in its ethical considerations. My years teaching in Fort Resolution in many ways, unfortunately, made me ashamed to be Canadian – there are countless issues that need to be addressed in the NWT, but this, at least, can be a beginning.

Thank you for your time

-I., teacher

FULL SIGNATURE IS PROTECTED AS COURTESY TO INDIVIDUAL.

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Abused pup dumped in back of abandoned pick up - Inuvik

Will be heading to Calgary for specialized rehab

UPDATE:  Arrangements have been made to relocate him for specialized rehabilitation in Calgary.

He remains very timid, very shy and has real trust issues due to severe abuse he suffered.  He has grown substantially under the excellent care, patience and love of Linda Eccles and her husband Greg Stromgren:  BDRSPCA.

THANK YOU  LINDA AND GREG!!!

SOME GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE!!!

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THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE PUP HAS RECENTLY BEEN RESCUED BY LINDA ECCLES, PRES. OF THE BEAUFORT DELTA REGIONAL SPCA IN INUVIK

DUMPED AND LEFT TO SUFFER A HORRIBLE DEATH OF STARVATION AND FREEZING TO DEATH, HE WAS FOUND ABANDONED, DUMPED IN THE BACK OF AN ABANDONED PICK UP TRUCK.

WHY OH WHY WAS HE NOT SURRENDERED TO THE BDRSPCA TO BEGIN WITH???

THIS PUPPY IS DESCRIBED AS BEING TERRIFIED, CRINGING WHENEVER APPROACHED..CONCLUSION THIS PUP WAS SEVERELY ABUSED.

THE PUP IS EATING AND VOIDING, AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF  PARASITIC INFESTATION OR OF INTERNAL INJURIES.

TIME, PATIENCE AND LOVE WILL HELP TO HEAL HIM, YET HE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE ACTIONS OF THE IRRESPONSIBLE, UNCARING AND INDIFFERENT INDIVIDUAL WHO CHOSE TO DUMP HIM AND LEAVE HIM TO DIE IN THE SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES OF THE CANADIAN NORTH.

WORKING WITH RESCUED, ABUSED ANIMALS IS PAINSTAKING.  TRUST MUST BE BUILT BETWEEN THE PUP AND LINDA AND HER HUSBAND.

 

SINCE DECEMBER 2010 THE BDRSPCA HAS RELOCATED APPROXIMATELY 74 DOGS, WHICH INCLUDES PUPPIES TO FULLY EQUIPPED SHELTERS ELSEWHERE IN CANADA.  THESE ANIMALS WILL NOW  RECEIVE THE MEDICAL TREATMENT NEEDED, A CHANCE AT FOREVER HOMES AND THE LOVE AND CARE TO WHICH THEY ALL HAVE A RIGHT.

THE UNACCEPTABLE LOCAL PRACTICE OF DUMPING ANIMALS CONTINUES AND IT MUST STOP!

EACH AND EVERYONE OF US CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  ACTIVELY RESCUE AND CARE FOR THOSE THAT YOU CAN AND   SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS COMMON UNACCEPTABLE LOCAL PRACTICE.

PLEASE CONTACT:

Chairman on Dog Act Hearings:  Kam Lake MLA David Ramsay:  david_ramsay@gov.nt.ca

PLEASE SIGN: AND MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD.  THE NEW NT DOG ACT IS EXPECTED TO BE IN EFFECT EARLY MARCH 2011.  TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO ENSURE THE DEADLY LOOPHOLE: “MAKE EXCEPTIONS FOR ACCEPTED LOCAL PRACTICES OR TRADITIONS”  MUST BE DELETED!!!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/Oppose-deadly-loophole-in-NWT-Dog-Act/

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO LINDA ECCLES AND HER HUSBAND GREG STROMGREN FOR THE AMAZING WORK THAT THEY CONTINUE TO DO IN THE BEAUFORT DELTA REGION AND FOR THEIR PERSONAL HEARTBREAK  ENDURED ALL OF THESE YEARS DUE TO THE NEGLIGENT, IRRESPONSIBLE, INDIFFERENT AND COMPLACENT ATTITUDES SHOWN TO THESE ANIMALS.

ALL COMMENTS ARE MOST WELCOME.  PLEASE SHOW THE BDRSCPA YOUR SUPPORT BY APPLAUDING THIS TEAM AS WELL.

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