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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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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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ACTION ALERT:

I URGE EVERYONE TO CONTACT THE POWERS THAT BE IN SAN JOSE IN ORDER TO GET POSITIVE HELP FOR THIS POOR DOG. PLEASE EMAIL:     Madison Nguyen: sanjoseanimals@gmail.com

THE MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE MADE AWARE AND WHO STEP UP AND TAKE ACTION THE BETTER CHANCE THIS DOG WILL HAVE.   THANKS EVERYONE. PLEASE ALSO PASS …

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

Queen Waldorf Fights Back has already emailed Nguyen several times about this situation.  Excerpt from her email to Nguyen:

“Formal complaints, letters and numerous phone requests have been sent out to San Jose Animal Control regarding a pup confined in absolutely horrendous conditions at 219 Centre Road.

Despite video evidence of abuse circulating on Youtube for several weeks and a neigbour/neigbours willing to testify to animal cruelty charges, San Jose Animal Control refuses to remove the pup from this awful situation.
Overcrowding seems to be the issue at the shelter as the only response we can illicit is that “there are much much worse cases than this.”

I might add that the dog has been kept penned for 3-4 years on a short chain mostly without food, water, shelter and human contact.”

http://queenwaldorf.org

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Every now and again, I will find a poem that says it all.  I do not know who the author is, but it is clear that the compassion this person has speaks volumes about the understanding held in thier heart for the ever increasing “Victims of Man”.

A STRAY DOGS PRAYER

Dear God, please send me somebody who’ll care!
I’m tired of running.  I’m sick with despair.
My body is aching; it’s so racked with pain,
and dear God I pray, as I run in the rain.
That someone will love me and give me a home,
a warm cozy bed and a big juicy bone.

My last owner tied me all day in the yard
sometimes with no water, and God that was hard.
So I chewed my leash, and I ran away,
to rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now God, I’m tired and hungry and cold,
and I’m so afraid that I’ll never grow old.

They’ve chased me with stickS and hit me with stones,
while I run the streets just looking for bones!
I’m not really bad, God, please help if you can,
or I have become just a “Victim of Man”
I’m wormy dear God and I’m ridden with fleas,
and all that I want is an Owner to please!

If you find one for me God, I’ll try to be good,
and I won’t chew their shoes, and I’ll do as I should.
I’ll love then, protect them and try to obey…
when they tell me sit, to lie down or to stay!
I don’t think I’ll make it too long on my own,
cause I’m getting so weak and Im so all alone.

Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry,
cause I’m so afraid God, that I’m going to die.
And I’ve got so much love and devotion to give,
that I should be given a new chance to live!
So dear God, please answer my prayer,
and send me someone who will REALLY CARE.

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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:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/protecting-northern-animals

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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