Archive for June, 2010

He Did Not Deserve This

With temperatures reaching -50 to -60 Fahrenheit  what animal can survive without appropriately designed Arctic shelters?

Without proper and sufficient food there is no thick coat or proper body mass to fight the cold.  Common sense dictates none could survive.

For those who have not yet signed the petition:


For you that have…thank you.
The picture series featured is of the same dog that is pictured on the Petition, only all of his pictures are included.

This animal did not deserve this.  No animal does.  Unfortunately his only crime was being “just a dog” a “disposable” item as they are so often referred to in the Canadian North.

Please help put an end to this suffering.  There are so many still out there suffering in silence, and far many pictures to show you. Please speak out ….they cannot.

Thank you.

Tuktoyaktuk, NT 2009

Mother and young daughter, no shelter, sub-zero temperatures.  Malnourished….Photos: Courtesy of Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA.

Two of Three Suriving Dogs - Fate Unknown Tuktoyaktuk 2008

Please refer to prior posts on Tuktoyaktuk, NT.  PETA tried to do as much as they could.  No seizure, no charges laid.

No charges laid in any of the above cases.

Picture provided by Town Resident 2009

Comments are welcome.

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Effective and enforced Animal Protection Legislation is needed in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut now, not later.

Please support by signing the newest petition at:


Thank you.

He Did Not Deserve This

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Alberta comes under fire; however Alberta does at least have an Animal Protection Act unlike the Northwest Territories and many of the Northern dogs are accepted with open arms by Alberta shelters and they must be recognized for that.American animals are also often accepted by Alberta shelters.

Good works done, must be reinforced by higher penalties being imposed on those who neglect and abuse the animals in every Province across Canada.


Alberta is being ranked one of the most lax provinces on punishing animal abusers


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Some good news for a change.  The 23 rescued puppies continue to do well at the HRSPCA shelter.  How long these pups will remain in the care of the shelter is unknown.  The 83 dogs which remain on the property are receiving daily  food and fresh water that is brought in by water truck, this being done by Town authorities.

Unfortunately the fate of the 83 dogs remaining on the property is as yet unknown.  Some were reported as being unapproachable, and all are in various declined states of health and condition.    Likely a further assessment will be done and it is possible some may have to be humanely euthanized.   The Alberta vet who visits Hay River once a month is returning next week, unfortunately as to whether the assessment will be done at that time is unknown. Whether any will be relocated to southern facilities remains a mystery.

Further updates will continue.

To those individuals who have taken time out of their busy day to view this Blog and to make their comments, thank you on behalf of those animals who continue to suffer in silence.

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What did I ever do to Deserve this?

The Animal Legal Defense Fund Report  (see prior posts) named the NWT to this distinction in 2009.  Are congratulations in order for once again receiving this honor?  Two years in a row!!    Wow!!!! I know how I feel about this.   How do you feel?

Comments most welcome.


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NWT lives up to its reputation.  May 27, 2009 hayriverhub.com NWT voted one of “Best Places to be an Animal Abuser” as reported by Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Starving on a Chain, Inuvik 2009, courtesy BDRSPCA

Contained is my letter to the Editor of Hub Publications regarding this most recent Northern disgrace, which they were kind enough to publish.

Note that in early January 2010 I brought before  this Town’s Mayor my proposal and challenge:  for this town to be the first in the North to pass a Zero Tolerance Policy on Animal Cruelty.  I am aware that this proposal was discussed at least twice in Council and a statement was made publically by our Mayor that a review of existing by-laws and penalities were to be reviewed.  As of this date there has been no further information provided on this, we have not had a By-Law Officer since last summer and it was confirmed lthis Monday that a new By-Law Officer has not yet been hired.

Please read below and view links provided.  Your own comments are most welcome.



The recent seizure of 109 dogs held at the Hobson property located on the outskirts of Hay River, is not only a disgrace in that this situation was allowed to continue through two former Municipal administrations, it is a clear message to the Government of the Northwest Territories that a Comprehensive Animal Protection Act like that of other Canadian Provinces is required immediately.

A recent letter I received from Hon. Robert McLeod has stated that the reading of the amendments to the current Dog Act before Committee has been postponed for the third time.  Initial date was November 2009, then January 2010 and now it may or may not be brought before Committee until Fall 2010.

Mr. McLeod, in a prior letter stated that Municipalities across the North are responsible for developing and enforcing their own By-Laws.  While this may be true, one incident which was reported to the Minister last Fall, and now this Hay River incident clears proves that Municipal By-Laws do not work when they are not stringently enforced.  The unresolved incident of last Fall reported to the Minister, resulted in the needless deaths of at least ten dogs.
Kudos must be given to Hay Rivers newest Mayor, Kelly Schofield for taking the immediate action which was requested of him,  Kudos must also be given to the RCMP Hay River Detachment for acting swiftly and I have been assured by one young officer that RCMP take violations under the Federal Criminal Code of Canada very seriously.  RCMP Officers are also Officers under the current NT Dog Act, Section 11.
A special thank you to those that had the courage to step up, step forward and speak for these neglected animals. The individuals are to be admired and respected for their courage and morale ethics, for standing up and speaking out loud and clear that animals deserve better and that animal cruelty is totally unacceptable. Further thank you to all of those individuals from the RCMP and Fire Department that attended the property and assisted these suffering dogs,  to the veterinarians brought in and to the HRSPCA who received the rescued puppies, bathed, comforted and continue to ensure they receive proper nutrition, clean fresh water and nurturing care.
How many times are we all outraged when we hear about child abuse and child pornography, crimes against the innocent.
Think about this.  When a child is showing visible bruising, fear of going home or fear of a neighbor the alarm bells go off immediately and proper authorities are called in.  It is taken seriously and an investigation begins.
An animal does not have that luxury.  An animal must rely solely on the high moral ethics and courage of good decent people to speak out for them;  they have no voice and must suffer in silence.
A child can go to a teacher or a parent, or the parent of a friend.  An animal cannot.
I ask everyone to have the courage to speak up for animals that you have witnessed to be in crisis.  When you go for walks carry your cell phone (most can take pictures) or digital camera.  Look in your neighbors backyards.  Dogs without proper shelter, water and food, chained on very short leads, living in their own filth and strewn garbage, injured and sick animals;  you will find them out there.  Pitiful, starving, neglected and without hope. You will see it in their eyes.
Have the courage, take the pictures, put what you have witnessed in writing;  keep copies of all of it for yourself and take it to your local authorities. Insist that this be investigated.  If the report is in writing, it is difficult for action not to be taken, there is no excuse for failing to investigate.  Follow up a few days later to find out if anything has been done to help the animal you reported. and keep the pressure on until something is done.
The Link between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence is well studied and is recognized by legal authorities around the world as an indicator for future violent offenders.  Browse the Internet and you will find many studies.
Complacency has killed far to many animals in the past.
How many are you willing to save today?
Mailing addresses where you can write to the Government of the Northwest Territories, should you wish to do so, are contained in  recent posts.  Please urge that Legislation be passed now to end the continued suffering of these beautiful creatures.  No more postponements.

Thank you.

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Need I say more on animal issues here.

23 pups now receiving care and love at the SPCA shelter here.  Clean water, food and meds for deworming.  Pics of pups: they are adorable.

Update to follow.

All comments welcome.

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