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YELLOWKNIFER: Wednesday November 9, 2011

Feature News

“Puppy dies after being left in garbage bin”

Excerpt:  Northern News Services: by Laura Busch

“ A dying puppy found in a garbage bin outside of a downtown bar last week was euthanized Monday evening at Great Slave Animal Hospital.”

Named Olive, this 8 to 10 week old female husky cross was found near death, after being found “curled up in the corner (of the garbage).”  The pups whimpers were heard outside the Raven Pub located in Yellowknife and a passerby came to her rescue.

Veterinary Assistant Jenna McCrendle stated that it was possible that Olive had also suffered internal damage from some form of physical trauma, possibly a kick or other trauma.  Olive was unable to ingest food or water and was incapable of moving on her own.

Olive who was seriously anemic met a humane death Monday, due only to the fact that Chris Blais took her to the GSAH. It had been a freind of Chris’s who had found the pup and Chris upon seeing her took her himself to the hospital.   Had this young man not taken this action, Olive’s suffering would have continued. Special thanks must also go to Chris’s friend who found the pup and took her home with him.

A second pup was also turned in to the GSAH on Friday and was suffering from a “large abscess on his lower jaw”.  “Teddy Ruxpin” as he was named, has been treated, is doing well and is now  ready for adoption.

Puppies, dogs, cats and kittens across the NWT continue to be neglected, discarded, thrown out in the trash despite the new NWT Dog Act which came into effect Spring 2011.  The new Dog Act is supposed to protect Dogs Only….obviously legislation is not worth the paper it is written on when incidents such as this continue to happen.  There is no protection whatsoever for felines or any other neglected pet in the NWT.  A Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, one which I have been fighting for over three years now, MUST be implemented.  Named ‘Best Place to Abuse Animals’ by the Animal Legal Defense Fund for three consecutive years, this recent incident of “Olive” and “Teddy Ruxpin” reinforces this dubious distinction.

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/a-dubious-distinction-given-to-the-northwest-territories-and-nunavut-in-may-2009-and-once-again-in-2010/

Today, it is, with windchill -20 celcius which translates into -52 farenheit.  Knowing that there are likely many more discarded pups, dogs, cats and kittens ‘out there’ left to freeze and starve to death not only breaks my own heart, but it breaks the heart and enrages anyone who actually has a conscience.

Out of the three major cases of Animal Cruelty in the NT during 2010 – 2011 there has only been two successful prosecutions made in the NWT , both of which were in Yellowknife this past Spring.   Well known  Yellowknife musician Lloyd Thrasher received a jail term for the stabbing death of “Garlic” the tiny Chinese Pug which he stole out of Vanessa Baron’s vehicle: http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/garlic-the-chinese-pug-brutally-stabbed-in-yellowknife-nt-january-2011-gets-some-form-of-justice/   and the second case involved “Yuki”, the sole surviving puppy rescued when RCMP were called to investigate a mother dog who had just given birth to puppies was reported dead with her pups in a yard.  Mother and pups were found frozen to death.  The mother had been pushed out into sub-zero temperatures by her owner when she went into labor.  “Yuki” did survive but suffered frostbite and lost part of her tiny nose.  Additional dogs were found  on very short chains and in a neglected state:

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/sole-surviving-wha-ti-puppy-an-public-hearings-on-nt-dog-act/

The third case brought before the courts and which took over a year to finally go to trial was the Hobson case involving 109 dogs, in Hay River,  three of which were immediately humanely euthanized by attending veterinarians from Alberta who participated in the property raid on May 29, 2010.  Five charges were laid in this case.

Twenty-three pups were seized and taken to the Municipally owned Hay River Animal Shelter where volunteers cared for them for two and a half months.  The other 83 dogs were left on the property of the accused in the care of the accused and it was publically stated that Municipal officials would be monitoring the dogs care.  Mid August 2010 22 of the seized pups were ordered destroyed by the Municipal Authorities despite offers to assist in the relocation of these pups aged between 2 and 12 months had been made numerous times.  The one surviving pup  LOKI who escaped the shelter  twice  in June, remains a stray and has been cared for by myself personally since last October.  LOKI also receives food from many of my own neighbors, and has thus far eluded all attempts being made by the By Law Officer to capture him.  It must be noted that the method by which the 22 puppies were destroyed remains a big secret to which no one, not even the Animal Alliance of Canada, can get answers.

Despite the evidence provided and the testimonies, in this case the courts dropped numerous charges and in the end the verdict was Not Guilty.

In 2008 the Behchoko case whereby 44 sled dogs owned by a reknown  Dene artist Archie Beaulieu had to be humanely put down due to severe neglect resulted in charges under the Federal Criminal Code, however the courts stayed these charges and these 44 neglected dogs did not get the Justice they deserved.

Again in Behchoko six puppies were found in a town dumpster with their tiny throats slashed, again in sub-zero temperatures.  Taken to the GSAH only one of these pups survived.  No charges were ever laid in this case.

The Pokiak case in Tuktoyatuk is also another perfect example whereby sled dogs met with neglect, death and the failure of authorities to prosecute or to seize the two surviving sled dogs, despite all attempts made by the BDRSPCA as well as PETA.

The new NWT Dog Act is merely the First Step, it is not the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act which I have been fighting for, but it is a Victory and it also is a historical event in the NWT.  The motion did carry in the Legislative Assembly to continue working towards the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, a good thing one would say, however until such time as cases of Animal Neglect/Cruelty are successfully prosecuted, until such time as very real educational programs are put in place to change the apparent mindset of so many towards ‘disposable’ animals; until such time as spay/neuter blitzes  are set in place; until such time as qualified highly trained Animal Cruelty Investigators are established within the NWT;  until such time as needed animal shelter facilities are built and supported not only by volunteers and resident donations but also the Territorial Government;  until such time as there is an expansion of much needed veterinary services within the NWT……..puppies, dogs, cats and kittens will continue to be subjected to prolonged suffering, starvation, freezing to death, slashing of throats and gunshot:

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/update-on-inuvik-pup-rescued-from-abandoned-pick-up-truck/

With the Territorial Elections now over and GNWT Officials now back to work, it is time to once again put pressure on this government to fulfill the motion carried in the 16th Session to continue working towards a Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, one without the current potentially deadly loophole that was opposed by MLA’s and so many NWT residents.

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/nwt-cabinet-voted-to-retain-exception-clause-in-new-dog-act-despite-opposition-to-clause/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/a-year-in-brief-review-%e2%80%93-animal-abuse-in-the-northwest-territories-canada/

 http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/secrets/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/01/24/legacy-of-the-north/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/03/05/hail-to-the-nwt-justice-system-northern-dogs-lose-again/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/01/29/we-say-tuktoyaktuk-dogs-were-neglected-2/

 

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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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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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Please urge the Territorial Government to delete in its entirety this deadly clause;  “make exceptions for accepted local or traditional practices”

 

 

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

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Update:  emails are being sent to MLA David Ramsay who is chairing the Public Hearings scheduled within the next weeks on the New NWT Dog Act.    Copies of these emails are being cc’d to:

protectionofnorthernanimals@gmail.com

Mr. Ramsay has been and continues to be a sincere and valued voice for Animal Protection in the NWT and also opposes this loophole.  Unfortunately other MLA’s do not.

Please take the time to protest this deadly loophole: “make exceptions for accepted local or traditional practices” by emailing:

david_ramsay@gov.nt.ca

The more opposition that is presented the stronger the message that this clause is totally unacceptable and MUST be deleted.

Thank you to  The Animal Defense League of Canada, Animal Alliance of Canada, C4P (Cause 4 Paws), NWT SPCA, Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA and to those who have already contacted Mr. Ramsay and speaking out for the animals.

THIS IS HOW A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND CARED FOR DOG SHOULD LOOK

HE SENDS HIS THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU.

 

 

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Mother and daughter, without shelter, starving.  Picture Courtesy: BDRSPCA Inuvik

This is NOT an Acceptable Practice

Per the letter dated December 22, 2010 which I received From MLA David Ramsay, Public Hearings on the above Bill to Amend the current NT Dog Act are now scheduled.

It is critical that this new Dog Act for the Northwest Territories become active Legislation,  while it is a vast improvement over the archaic existing Dog Act, remember it still only applies to DOGS and no other domestic animal.

The Northwest Territories has a very long way to go before a real pat on the back can be made.  Comprehensive Animal Protection must be put into place as has been done throughout the rest of Canada.

Quoted Excerpt from letter:

“This bill makes amendments to the Dog Act that:

1.  clarify that a dog is in distress if it does not have adequate food, water, shelter, necessary veterinary care or if it is subject to obvious abuse or neglect;

2.  make exceptions for locally accepted or traditional practices

3. allow bylaw and RCMP officers to enter a premises or vehicle and take custody of dogs in distress; and

4. increase the penalties for offenses under the Act to a maximum of a $5,000 fine and three months in jail for a single offence; and a $10,000 fine and six months in jail for repeat offences.”

“Written submissions are also encouraged and will be accepted until January 14, 2011″


Please note Item #2  could pose a real problem as a loophole in this new Act. The whole purpose of Animal Protection is just that protecting animals..i.e. if it is a locally accepted practice or locally accepted traditional practice to leave ones animal without shelter in sub-zero temperatures, or to feed every other day minimum food scraps…..or to neglect the animal for days…that is unacceptable under the Federal Criminal Code of Canada.

This Section of the Federal Criminal Code is quite Clear:

The Criminal Code is a federal law that is in force everywhere in Canada. Section 446 of the Criminal Code states:

You are guilty of an offence if you:

  1. willfully cause or allow unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to an animal;
  2. by willful neglect cause injury to animals while they are being transported;
  3. abandon an animal or fail to provide it with enough suitable food, water, shelter, and care;
  4. participate in any way in the fighting of animals (example: arranging or attending a cockfight or dogfight);
  5. administer a poison or injury-causing drug to any domestic or captive wild animal or allow this to happen (example: poisoning a neighbor’s cat or spraying a dog with oven cleaner);
  6. are involved in any way with the release of captive birds for the purpose of shooting them;

Note: Section 429 of the Criminal Code defines “willful” in the following way:

“If you cause something to happen, either by doing it or by not doing something you should do, and you know what the results will be, you are considered to have done so “willfully”. (Example: failing to feed an animal could be considered to a “willful” act, since you know that an animal will starve if it is not fed).”

In addition:

that Criminal Code s.448 (3) states:

“For the purposes of proceedings under paragraph (1)(a) or (b), evidence that a person failed to exercise reasonable care or supervision of an animal or a bird thereby causing it pain, suffering, damage or injury is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that the pain, suffering, damage or injury was caused or was permitted to be caused wilfully, or was caused by wilful neglect, as the case may be.”

Passive Cruelty (Acts of Omission) Quoted from  Pet-Abuse.com
“Passive cruelty is typified by cases of neglect, where the crime is a lack of action rather than the action itself – however do not let the terminology fool you. Severe animal neglect can cause incredible pain and suffering to an animal.
Examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and failure to seek veterinary care when an animal needs medical attention.
In many cases of neglect where an investigator feels that the cruelty occurred as a result of ignorance,
they may attempt to educate the pet owner and then revisit the situation to check for improvements. In
more severe cases however, exigent circumstances may require that the animal is removed from the site
immediately and taken in for urgent medical care.”

Please submit your own comments to: before January 14, 2011

Hon. Robert McLeod,
Minister Municipal and Community Affairs
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

MLA, David Ramsay, Chairman
Standing Committee on Economic Development and Infrastructure
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Fax:  867-873-0432
Phone: 867-669-2299

 

Calls for animal cruelty laws grow louder

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2009-03/mar6_09brf2.html

A brutal act


Owner woke up to discover his dog murdered


http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/1999-09/sep27_99dog.html

Nunavut, N.W.T. have worst animal protection laws in Canada: report

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2009/05/21/animal-defense-report.html

MEETINGS AS SCHEDULED

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