Archive for August, 2011

Having just posted a disturbing incident in Toronto, it is with some pleasure that this writer is now able to give an update on LOKI.

These new pictures were taken the other day and Loki is doing well.  Getting bigger and stronger each day, and his trust continues to grow as well.

Last evening, I did not find my friend the first time I went across the Ravine looking for him.  Over an hour later, LOKI’s friend, Mr. Raven who is usually accompanying him, landed on my roof and made quite the big production..teasing my own dog Hemi.  Of course Mr. Raven was given some tasty tidbits and now knowing that LOKI must be out across the ravine, I prepared his evening meal once again.

Mr. Raven of course accompanied me, and to my delight as I crossed the tiny bridge and climbed the ravine slope, there was my beautiful LOKI with his friend “Fiddle” standing there waiting for me.

To my delight, LOKI danced, pranced, ooofed and ran ahead of me, while ‘Fiddle’ walked slowly by my side.  LOKI stopped numerous times to ensure that I was indeed following him, and once I caught up, I placed his plate on the ground and sat down beside it myself, he again danced, ooofed (he does not bark) and all was right in our world.  His playtime with ‘Fiddle’  had made him hungry and he ate every morsel, it is a good thing I had extra in my pocket to treat Mr. Raven who of course remained on the road in anticipation.

I am very happy to let my readers know that the local newspaper in town, Hub Publications, published an article about Loki and I in their August 17, 2011 edition.  Since that article was published, I have been approached by four complete strangers, town residents I had yet to meet, who have expressed their concern for Loki and who support my work with him.  One young man has offered to help with his food, and offered whatever assistance he can,  a young woman wishes to have her own dog meet and play with LOKI and supports my idea to have the Town of Hay River adopt Loki as Town Mascot; and two other women expressed their thanks to me for caring for him and the work I continue to do to aid the animals in this Town and across the NWT.

My whole purpose in going public about LOKI is in an all out effort to keep him alive, healthy and safe from those who would do him any harm.  Knowing that I have this support here, receiving comments of support via emails and those posted on this Blog is so greatly appreciated.

Two dear friends in town visited with me yesterday and we discussed how I could put up a shelter for LOKI.  One friend offered to get me needed material and we talked about how to build it and another dear friend has also offered to have a shelter built for him which I can put in my own backyard, and which I am hoping LOKI will choose to use.

There are three new LOKI videos on YouTube which I uploaded Friday.  I hope you enjoy them.




As you can see, LOKI is looking good, I must be doing something right.  He is putting on the needed body mass to face the coming frigid winter here and he has been coming to my property for breakfast each morning the last few weeks as well, last winter he came to my property many times a day and night, and I can attest to the -40 temp I sat in outside in my driveway or on my deck with him in the wee hours of the long winter nights and mornings. It is good that he is starting to do that again, as it will be difficult for me to get to him across the ravine once winter is here.

To all of you who have expressed your concern for him, thank you so much.  Your voices and comments matter and with your continued support of LOKI my hope to keep him alive and safe may very well continue to succeed.

This picture is of Mr. Raven, LOKI’s companion:  a smart fellow who loves to land on my roof, torment my own canines and also let me know when and where to find LOKI.  I have had the pleasure to watch LOKI and Mr. Raven play and do their own little dance together.

This picture is of LOKI with “Sammy” who just recently succumbed to old age. “Sammy” will be greatly missed by his family  and  housemate “Fiddle” .

LOKI and Sammy. Sammy crossed the Rainbow Bridge days after this picture was taken

These other pictures are of “Fiddle” and Loki together.  LOKI is particularly fond of “Fiddle”.  “Fiddle” is a real sweetheart.


I do hope all of you enjoy these updates about LOKI.  Your supportive comments are most welcome and appreciated and will aid me in my quest to keep him safe.  Thank you so much everyone.

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Doe shot in Toronto, Fawn left to fend for itself!!!

Deer shot by police after being struck by car near High Park



“Toronto Animal Services are disgracefully callous, incompentent, untrained and unsuited for animal rescue.  A doe was hit by a car and long story short, no vet was available, animal services did nothing to alleviate the poor deer’s suffering…a passing motorist was a living saint to this poor animal for three hours she gave first aid and bathed away the blood from the doe’s eyes…others frantically made calls to get vet’s and animal control on the scene…vet’s were in surgery, animal control showed up but didn’t know how to administer aid, finally the public managed to get a vet on the phone and the police shot and killed the deer.  People at the scene thought she was being taken for repair and healing….they were devasted…tragically, the news is even worse the doe had a fawn and no search was organized…..so the fawn will likely suffer and suffer before dying.  Untrained and incompetent personnel cannot be allowed the protection of a job when they are too inept or callous to perform the compassion needed to respect life and comfort.  I am enclosing for you to read a letter sent to the editor respecting this tragedy. ”

Source:  Metro News

Week-end Edition – August 19-21, 2011

August 19-21, 2011

 Re:  No wildlife vet to aid dying deer, published August 16th, 2011

 I am a veterinarian doctor from Colombia.  I was shocked by this news and not being able to figure out why a situation like this is happening in a country like Canada.  

 In my thirty years of experience as a wild animals doctor and co-founder of the Foundation Against Animal Cruelty in Bogota, Columbia, I had never heard a case where the authorities make irrational decisions that go against animal rights.

 I am pretty sure in Toronto there are hundreds of qualified immigrant doctors looking for a volunteer position available to take care of wild animals in Canada.  Unfortunately, none of these institutions realize that there are overqualified people willing to contribute with our knowledge and experience so that a situation like this never happens in Canada.  Finally, I would like to think that Mahatma Gandhi’s idea that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Toronto Wildlife Centre response to injured deer shot this week in Toronto:  



“It is time that Toronto take accountability for hiring the wrong people to administer compassion for animals and those who could not or would not render aid and comfort to this deer and who lacked the compassion to organize a search party for the orphaned fawn, please direct your sentiments to:  Mayor Rob Ford, Office of the Mayor, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 Queen Street W., Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2N2 —- Telephone:  416 397-Ford (36873) or e-mail:  mayor_ford@toronto.ca”



This writer is normally not at a loss for words, and at this time it is no different.

The fact that this injured doe laid for hours suffering from her injuries and shock is unacceptable, unforgivable and clear evidence that those agencies involved spent far too much time conversing amongst themselves in an attempt to make a life and death decision!!!


The fact that no effort was made to locate and rescue the surviving fawn, is a very sad and pointed statement that, dare it be said, indifference towards the survival of this fawn is clearly evident, in my own and likely the opinion of many others.

A fawn CANNOT survive without its mother!!!  This baby, CANNOT fend for itself, will languish and suffer a horrible death due to starvation, dehydration and possible predation.

Failure to search for this fawn, to rescue this youngster and to take the necessary measures to ensure the fawns survival is not only irresponsible, it is also lacking in compassion.

It is clearly evident that TWO lives have now been lost if that fawn is not found!!

It is clearly evident that the combined agencies involved in this incident are ill equipped to handle such emergencies.

It is clearly evident that a fully equipped and properly trained Animal Emergency Response Team needs to be established and be on call 24/7.

With the number of veterinary hospitals within the Toronto area, the number of qualified veterinarians available, there is no acceptable excuse as to why immediate medical aid was not given to the suffering mother, whose only comfort was given by  good Samaritans on the scene.

This injured doe should have been, could have been transported immediately to the closest veterinary hospital and received immediate medical attention.

WHY was this not done?

If the Toronto police removed the doe (dragged her after she had managed to stand again and then collapse) in order to shoot her out of view of the public, and only after she suffered laying on the street for hours, why did they not remove her immediately upon arriving at the scene and transport her immediately to a local veterinary hospital?

An immediate qualified medical assessment of her condition and the possibly life saving measures that could be taken would have possibly negated her destruction.  If euthanasia was the only recourse, then it would have been done humanely and the hours of suffering she endured while the agencies involved talked amongst themselves trying to decide on who should do what (and doing nothing for her but allowing her to suffer) would not be a deplorable factor in this case.

Note that TAS (Toronto Animal Services) is currently looking for help: per email received this morning:

Toronto Animal Services: Once again we are asking for your support.  On September 9th the Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee will be meeting to discuss Animal Services.  As well, there is an Executive Committee meeting being held on September 19th to talk about the Core Service Review for all divisions .  We are asking that anyone available or interested in doing a deputation on either of those days please contact me directly so that I can give you further information.  If you are not interested in doing a deputation but would still like to attend, please feel free as we need the support. The deputations are for Toronto Animal Services (TAS) – With regard to the Core Service Review and the privatization of TAS or the reducation in services that TAS provides. They will be held at City Hall, 100 Queen st W. Usually starting @ approximately 9:30am. On September 9, 2011 & September 19, 2011 no committee room has been assigned as of yet.   Stephanie Cliff   scliff@local416.org

An online petition has been circulating to save TAS from becoming privatized and can be found on an earlier post on this Blog.

There is also another important petition which is circulating:

Ontario Wildlife Coalition Petition to help baby animals:


Where is the help for this dead doe’s fawn????

Those living within this Toronto area, are respectfully urged to try to locate this fawn, in order to save a life.

If one must take it upon oneself to act responsibly and with compassion this tiny life may then be saved. 

Depending solely on the responsiveness of agencies supported by taxpayer dollars and donations apparently does not get the job done.


  • Mailing address:
  • Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
    1116 Crawford Street
    Rosseau, Ontario P0C 1J0
  • Phone: 705 732 6368
    Fax: 705 732 1929
  • Email: info@avws.c
  • Bergerons Exotic Animal Sanctuary
    967 County Road 5
    Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0 Canada
    (613) 476-4212
  • email: bergerons.animals@yahoo.ca
  • Teja’s Animal Refuge in Ontario
  • Contact Teja’s Animal Refuge: Email: tejasanimalrefuge@sympatico.ca Phone: 613-874-1291.
  • The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in Ontario
  • (519) 836-1697
  • info@thedonkeysanctuary.ca
  •   The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
    6981 Puslinch Concession 4
    R.R. #6
    Guelph, ON N1H 6J3 (519) 821-0698
  • Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Kemptville, Ontario
  • Owner / Operator
    Mr. Andy Parent
    810 Pelton Road in Peltons Corner
    telephone: 613-258-7118
    toll free: 1-866-433-7118
    email: bigskyranch@ripnet.com
  • Bergeron’s Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Picton, Ontario
  • Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge in Ottawa, Ontario Serves as a home for over 70 farmed and domestic animals as well.
  • 2494 Dunrobin Road
    Ottawa, ON K0A 1T0



Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

P. O. Box 1329

Woodstock, NY 12498


[8am-5pm EST only please, we’re farm folk!]

Emergency Phone Contacts Click Here


 Painted Rock Animal Farm & Sanctuary:  http://www.paintedrockrescuefarm.com/contact.html

  • Barry & Laura Cameron
  • Painted Rock Animal Farm & Sanctuary
  • 5354 Third Line, R.R.#2
  • Tottenham, Ontario, L0G 1W0
  • 905-939-7458
  • E-mail: Laura

Roosters Inn : http://www.theroostersinn.com/sanctuary.htm

(905) 986-9843.
The Roosters Inn
3251 Highway 7A
Blackstock, Ontario L0B 1B0

Snooters Farm Animal Sanctuary   http://snootersforeverhome.com/

 Friends of Animals   http://friendsofanimals.ca/

Friends of Animals  (905) 936-9609

email:  bette@friendsofanimals.ca

Painted Rock Rescue Farm


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A Tribute to Tiny Innocent Lives

This month of August marks the first anniversary of the needless slaughter of 22 puppies seized during the Hay River Hoarding case, raid conducted May 29, 2010, 109 dogs involved, 3 dogs were humanely put down immediately during the raid due to severe health conditions.

On May 29, 2010,  23 puppies ranging in age from 2 months to 12 months, were seized, removed from the Hobson property and taken to the Hay River Municipally owned town shelter, where they were bathed, fed, watered and sheltered.   These 23 pups were placed in the  care of caring shelter volunteers, these pups were all treated for worms and remained at the municipal shelter for 2 1/2 months. 

While my many offers made to the Mayor of Hay River to assist in the relocation of these puppies were made within weeks of their rescue, my offers were totally ignored by Municipal authorities.  No response to my offers were forthcoming from Hay River’s Mayor.

Mid August I learned that the pups were no longer at the shelter, and following this tip, I was to learn that indeed the pups had been secretly removed from the shelter, the volunteers asked to leave the property.  When they returned all pups had been removed and it was confirmed to me by way of a Town employee, the Mayor’s Assistant, that the pups were indeed dead. 

Due to the amount of pressure placed upon Municipal Authorities by CFAWR, Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform, the Deputy Mayor finally issued a Press Release dated late August 2010, (copy available) stating that the pups had been removed and destroyed…citing that they were a danger to the public.  Subsequent  media reports, the excuse was being given by Municipal authorities that their destruction was due to inadequate facilities to care for these pups.  (newspaper clippings on file) 

Had my offers to assist in the relocation of these pups to properly equipped and fully operational fac lities outside the NWT been taken seriously  these pups would not have met with death.  So just what is the truth????  and just how were these puppies destroyed?  Humanely by injection administered by a licensed vet or did they meet their end by gunshot?

LOKI, whom you have all come to know due to my work with him, is the SOLE survivor, the one rescued Hobson pup that escaped the shelter, prior to the remaining 22 pups being taken and destroyed.  LOKI is now on YouTube, his story appears here and he is drawing international attention.  Comments are coming in, people care!! about this magnificent and gentle spirit whom I will continue to work with, care for and with all out effort hopefully keep safe by having gone public and international about his story.

As of this date, no explanation as to the method used to destroy these 22 pups has been provided by Municipal Authorities.

Subsequent requests made by the Animal Alliance of Canada (two letters sent)  and CFAWR as well as myself for information relating to the animals left and remaining on the Hobson property all of this time remain ignored, the condition and status of these  83 remaining dogs left on the Hobson property at the time of the raid May 29, 2010, remains a mystery.

As of this date, the exact head count of the number of dogs now on the Hobson property remains a mystery.  How many more pups have been born there since May 29, 2010?

As of this date, the identity of the town employee who was supposedly tasked to supervise and monitor the care of the 83 dogs left on the Hobson property (per published media account) remains a mystery.

As of this date, Hay River’s Mayor and Town Council, continues to practice a code of silence .

In early September 2011, after far too many adjournments, Linda Hobson, owner of the 109 dogs, will be facing Federal and Territorial charges of animal cruelty.  Just what sentence, if any will be imposed….remains a mystery.  Just what fate the  animals currently on this property will face once a court decision has been rendered…remains a mystery.

On May 15, 2011, after my three and a half year battle with the Territorial Government, the new NWT Dog Act came into effect.  A Victory for the Dogs of the Northwest Territories and the first step towards the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that I plan to continue fighting for.

August 2011 marks the First Anniversary of the Hay River slaughter of 22 Innocent lives, rescued pups that were never given the chance at loving forever homes. 

Please remember these tiny lives, these tiny spirits, these tiny hearts whose only crime was to be born in the Northwest Territories, born to a life of confinement..Born to Die!!!

Twenty-two lives lost, twenty-two out thousands across the NWT who have lost their lives due to indifference, due to complacency, due to decades of violent abuse and neglect, due to totally inadequate shelter facilities and  availability of veterinary services across the NWT. 

 Due to an ATTITUDE!!!

 Rest in Peace little ones, your suffering and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

 Together we can prevent this from ever happening again!!

LOKI Sole Survivor

Earlier posts on this case can be found in the Archives.  Hopefully the Internet links provided in prior posts are still viable.

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LOKI – Sole Survivor – Wolf/dog of the North episode

Loki, Sole Survivor being Coy


Loki decided to remain under cover this day, leading me into where he felt safe.  You will hear the float plane overhead, and he is ever alert listening to sounds I of course could not hear.  He has secret places which he is revealing to me, I never know where he will take me, and I have no hesitation in following him.  He will always stop and wait until I catch up to him.

The trust we share continues to grow, each new evening together teaches me something which is priceless.

Each morning we spend together, is priceless.  Loki is looking good, he has gained weight, getting ready for the long frigid winter ahead.  Together we will get through another winter, God willing.

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Dirty little secret: Canada’s slaughter industry under fire


4 Slaughter Houses in Quebec, 1 slaughter house in Alberta

Is it bad enough for you? Wild Horses 2


This chart shows the number of horse imported into this country for slaughter, despite the FACT that the US banned slaughter for horsemeat in the early 2000’s.  The US closed down her own slaughter houses and Canada took on the role of slaughtering these magnificent wild American horses!!!!

Imports_Horses for slaughter

Source: Statistics Canada, CATS

  2007 2008 2009 2010
Canadian Dollars Quantity Canadian Dollars Quantity Canadian Dollars Quantity Canadian Dollars Quantity


















United States









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7:44:52 AM

2011 – February Total
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Wildhorses in America: Act Now: Please

Paul’s message to President Obama, March 2010, outside the American Embassy, London


U.S. Mustangs continue to be slaughtered!! Why is the American government allowing this?

There are many things that bring tears to my eyes, many things that wrip out my heart and make me so angry…that turn my stomach…that convince me that in this World there is nothing but evil surrounding all of us.

How the human species is capable of inflicting such barbaric acts upon totally helpless animals around the world is an extremely sad statement on the evolution of man.  To inflict pain and suffering on the innocent, the helpless, those who have done no wrong, who fight every day for their very survival ….is unforgivable, unacceptable, disgusting…words fail me!

What is going on in the United States of America, a nation Proud and Free, a nation that Prides itself on rushing to the Aid of Foreign Countries, of sending aid to millions of suffering Humans around the world…what is going on in the United States of America which pats itself on the back touting her many great deeds and victories……BUT allows the slaughter of thousands of Wild Mustangs and Burros…..that Country, the United States of America has nothing to be Proud of.

Wake up people!!!!

Do something to STOP this!!!

Wild Mustangs continue to be brutalized for the sake of the American cattle industry..THIS HAS GOT TO STOP!!! What we can do as Canadians is to join our counterparts who are protesting this in the U.S. The U.S. Government has nothing to be proud of for allowing this barbarism to continue.

Those of you throughout the International community can stand up to fight this massive slaughter, just as success was gained by the EU Ban on Canadian Seal Products, a success can be won if we act united in one voice.

This video will tear your heart out, unless of course you are sub-human, which apparently the perpetrators, and those who condone  and allow these horrors to continue are.

Is it bad enough for you? Wild Horses 2



I’m told the foal at 1.37 seconds did not survive, and many hundreds of others have perished whilst this seemingly unstoppable and heinous persecution of the wild and free goes on… Why is the American government allowing this?

Paul’s message to President Obama, March 2010, outside the American Embassy, London



‘The fight to overcome injustice and cruelty must never be silent! Compassion is the vital link that makes life bearable when all else fails’

Maria Daines


A commentary in response to comments made by US commissioner Tom Collins about how wild horse advocates must have been mistreated as kids was aired on KLAs.



      WHY ????

WHY Mr. Abbey, is this happening again ? One tragedy after another, while YOU promised “reform” –

Please tell us WHY ????

 The American public knows your close-out strategy wants to eliminate the mustangs – why is your agency so cruel and unprofessional ????

WHY is a Federal agency NOT abiding by FEDERAL LAW ?

 How can anyone with a conscience let this happen ????







Submitted on 2011/06/10 at 7:03 pm

The Bible tells us how important the animals are to God and to His Son. Along with the lessons of the Ark, the manger, we are told of God’s special affection for the horse.

Everything of this earth is Christ’s heritage and His agony on the cross promised Justice to all creation.

Death & Agony: Wild Horse Roundup « Loki’s Gift | Horse Book Reviews



Comments received on Prior Posts about this needless slaughter:

Submitted on 2011/06/07 at 4:56 pm

America is a nation that has been blessed with a rich landscape which is enhanced by the beauty of horses and other forms of animal life. That our bureaucrats fail to appreciate God’s generosity and that they do malicious harm and injury to God’s creation proves what an evil path Washington leaders insist on travelling.

Throughout history the nations that defyed God’s laws have fallen and America will not escape judgement for the sin and violence done against the animal kingdom. The Lamb himself understands the agony these animals endure and one day He will return to dispense justice on the nations and on the dark and the evil.
God has the moment when justice for all creation will be established and the wicked will fall in their own filth and bile.

Save America’s wild horses and burros!! DEMAND a moratorium on ALL round ups NOW!!

Submitted on 2011/06/07 at 3:42 pm

It surprises me that President Obama has not taken a tough stance with the BLM. In the history of the White House Presidents Washington, Madison, Lincoln, Jackson, Kennedy, all valued the beauty of horses and realized the contributions they have made in building America into a world power.

Horses civilized the West, went into battle in World War I, brought tax dollars into large and small communities which built roads, schools, hospitals, by the revenues earned by horses that were used in horse racing….they are still paying their way meanwhile the men and women of Congress refuse to do the righteous decisions —- they have forgotten the words of Jesus who said: “Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.”

We are instructed on how to treat animals in the Bible and in the examples of Noah, Adam, St. Francis and in the life of the Lamb himself.


Submitted on 2011/06/06 at 4:22 pm

Thank you for checking this out. Right now, during foaling season, BLM is again violating federal law. Foals, days old, are ran to suffer hoof slough (separation of hooves from bones) in high heat, over miles and most often do not make it. Mares are aborting from stress and the massacre must be stopped – I am ashamed what this country is doing to these native icons – please help us expose this and spread the word on the reality, the truth, which BLM has so cleverly hidden from us all. THANK YOU.
Monika Courtney


Submitted on 2011/06/02 at 7:16 am

animals are friends of humans, we should take care of them, be friendly with them. respect their life.

Submitted on 2011/05/19 at 1:38 am

Help educate the people – The administration and DOI have continually ignored our plea for a moratorium to halt all round ups. The main stream media is cleverly manipulated into with holding the truth, but for a very few who have the courage to tell the truth.
It is imperative to know the fabricated myths of range deterioration, starvation and the claim by some that wild horses are “feral” are fairy tales produced by special interests. Mustangs are native to North America, enough evidence is present. See this report on BLM secrecy and tactics from George Knapp:
(watch the commentary video upper right corner).

Enough is enough.

Submitted on 2011/04/17 at 12:46 pm

How far can you go with TORTURE!!!! Insane to do this with such a beautiful animal.

Submitted on 2011/04/04 at 2:32 am


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