YELLOWKNIFER: Wednesday November 9, 2011
“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.
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:
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:
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.