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Many around the world have been following Loki and our journey, Loki has his own FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082

There are also many Blog posts here as well. 

I must let you know that the town officials plan to go after him again and I fear that the outcome will see Loki as just one more dead dog amongst thousands in the North.  I raised the funds needed to purchase a dog run for him, donations came from Ontario, Quebec, Texas, Mexico, Alberta, BC and a few from here.

The plan was to dart him, have him brought here and I would work with him closely to rehab him and allow him to live out his life in safety as part of my family.  The pen was only going to be used until he would allow me to handle him.  Unfortunately the first darting attempt failed miserably, the dart failed to discharge the sedative and poor Loki was in pain for three days as the dart remained stuck in his shoulder for 3 days before falling out.  That fateful night, Anna, her daughter and I spent almost 5 hours searching the bush behind my place trying to find him.  When I finally did, I followed him for yet another hour and could not get close to him.  He was terrified.  I had to give Loki antibiotics hidden in his food for almost 3 weeks, Another friend of Loki’s helped in that, giving him his morning dose while I gave him his evening dose.

The second darting attempt saw the dart deflected missing Loki so that failed, and the third attempt,  (Wildlife Officer) could not get within range.

All of this took place during July.  The last darting arrangement was cancelled at the last minute by the Wildlife Officer and no further help has been forthcoming to help me get him here.  I have idea why.

When I contacted the Wildlife Officer, and town officials , basically saying that due to unanswered emails and calls made to the Wildlife Officer, that I and others could only conclude that Loki was going to be allowed to live out his remaining days in freedom.  Only one person to responded, Mr. Potter,  stating that this is not the case and that they want to see Loki’s issue resolved by the end of September or sooner.  In other words if I do not have him here they will take the manner in their own hands to get him off the streets and we know what that means.

Those whom I’ve spoken to who support Loki are outraged.  His Facebook followers across Canada, here, the US and on the International scene are outraged.

I was informed me that some  complaints about Loki have been made and that some people in town have implieds of shooting him themselves. 

Those that do not know him as the rest of us do, as a gentle friend, are intimidated by him, because they have not taken the time to know him and are totally ignorant of his gentle ways.

I need people who do know him to stand up and fight for him in order to save his life.  Those that have sung his praises need to contact Town Hall and attest to his gentle ways, state clearly that he is non aggressive, lives quietly and that they enjoy his company when he is with them.  In summary the target now on his back must be removed and his life must be protected.  I even submitted a small petition to Town Hall, attesting to his gentle an unassuming nature and suggested that Loki be made the Town Mascot.

As the sole surviving pup (one of the 23 seized in the Hay River Hoarding case of 2010) Loki has survived free and cared for by those of us who dearly love him.  The 22 other pups, rather than be relocated as I offered to do in emails and letters to the Town Officials in June 2010, were secretly removed from the shelter and destroyed in mid August 2010.  My offers to relocate the pups to properly equipped professionally run rehab shelters out of territory were not even acknowledged by town officials.  Those pups were murdered needlessly.  Only Loki survived because he escaped the shelter twice prior to the destruction of the puppies. (Means of destruction is a big secret but I do know that no vet was present) (reliable source information provided).

I have done everything humanly possible to insure his safety for three years.  Spending time with him in the bush in sub-zero temps, out in my own yard with him no matter the weather or temperature often up to 4 times daily during winter.  I raised the funds needed for the dog run, medications, sedatives, equiptment, bug protection netting for the dog run, collars, harness, leads, pet bed and blankets..all is ready for him here, but now what help I was getting from the Wildlife Officer is non existent and I have no idea why.

I really need people to speak up and defend Loki, to plead his case so that he can live out his life in freedom.  I pray that you will speak for him.  Loki spent the first year of his life caged (I have pictures to prove that) and has only enjoyed his freedom since escaping the shelter in 2010 after having been rescued/seized in May 2010.

He deserves to live, he escaped the shelter twice, has survived 3 harsh winters, is loved by so many worldwide and in town and he united total strangers around the globe who came together to raise the funds I needed to prepare for his life here with me.  Short of a miracle Loki will become yet one more victim of total indifference.

Since I alerted everyone to what is happening concerning Loki and the very real impending actions that town officials may take, I have been receiving countless emails and Face Book messages in support of Loki. For that I thank all of you sincerely.

With your permission I wish to copy and past these messages and comments to a single Word doc which I would like to send to the Powers that Be, as testimony to how much Loki is loved and supported.

I would also ask that all of you who support Loki, to contact directly Ross Potter and Andrew Cassidy (Mayor of Hay River) personally by email so that you may plead Loki’s case.

Mayor Andrew Cassidy: mayor@hayriver.com
Ross Potter: rpotter@hrfd.ca and or rpotter@hayriver.com
Sunday Afternoon Oct 15 2011 024
You can also send letters to: City Hall
Town of Hay River,
73 Woodland Dr
Hay River, NT X0E 1G1
Phone: 867-874-6522
Fax: 867-874-3237

While I must acknowledge that complaints about Loki have been received at Town Hall, likely from persons who are ignorant of his gentle ways and lacking in his friendship, those who just don’t like dogs period, and those who are intimidated by his stature and who failed to get to know him…I must also acknowledge the fact that Loki is loved by so many, that those whom he has chosen to share his life with want only the best for him, that he has united so many strangers from around the globe who have rallied around him, and he has also as a dear Ontario friend so accurately stated he has put Hay River on the map.

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With no further help coming from the Wildlife Officer and officials wanting this situation resolved by the end of September or sooner, time is running out to plead Loki’s case. I need everyone to contact those persons listed above, a blitz if you will, so that the Powers that Be will see that Loki should be allowed to live out the rest of his life in freedom and not become one of the thousands in the NT who have been slaughtered. I have in the past via letters, suggested that Loki become the Town Mascot, which would make Hay River noted for compassion and become a leader to other northern communities for being a community that values even a feral animals life. Proving that a bullet is not the answer!

Thank you to all of you. You are all amazing, and it is from all of you that I gain renewed strength for this ongoing battle to protect Loki.

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A Winters Day with LOKI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5ft9DBT4bY

Well ole Man Winter is upon us, not much we can do about it, other than to bundle up and enjoy.

Nights are much longer now, daylight is at a premium, winds sound like freight trains and chill you to the bone.  Unlike the rest of Canada, Northern winters last from October through to May, if one is lucky and Spring thaw comes early.  Remarkably though the skies remain a beautiful shade of blue for the most part, and of course the dance of the Northern Lights is amazing.  Skies are clear and the moon and stars magnificent, reflecting off the pristine white snow, illuminating everything  to be seen. 

Sunrise comes late but is spectacular, as is sunset 

and at times we are treated with the Sun Dogs, a northern phenomenon.

 

Time spent with LOKI during winter is hard on both of us.  I had hoped to have him in by now, but this independent fellow continues to live by his own fashion, paying me visits, bringing along his many buddies and enjoying the life of the free spirit.

This video was taken on November 18, 2011, there are two more videos of this day yet to be uploaded.

A Winters Day with LOKI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5ft9DBT4bY

LOKI had been by for breakfast, then returned for his dinner mid afternoon.  Ironically later in the day he again returned, but chose to dash across the ravine and insisted I follow…which I did, waist deep in snow to get there.  He was waiting at the top of the hill for me, silently observing my slipping and sliding to reach him and once I had joined him he delighted in playing ‘let’s just jump around in the snow’…of course how could I not join in the fun.  Playful woofs, darting back and forth, leaping into the deepest snow drifts he could find and burying his face in the snow and rolling was all part of the games….I chose not to bury my face in the snow, but certainly enjoyed mimicking him the other ways.  From his reaction it was clear he was delighted.

After 45 minutes of this, I could no longer feel my hands again, so decided it best to cross the ravine and seek the warmth inside.  Not to be undone, LOKI raced past me, at which point I lost my footing and buried my face in the snow…man that cold hurts on exposed skin.

Waiting for me at home, he sat patiently, the look on his face, appearing to be devilish delight that I too was now covered in snow…all I could do was laugh and continue brushing ice crystals from my cheeks, dig snow out of my coat collar and shiver.

We were soon joined by “Fiddle” and LOKI’s cohort “Mr. Raven” 

Hope you enjoy the video and new pictures.

For those who are interested in the Rescued Loon: video taken before she headed to Edmonton.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lin3MIY-uQk

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/wildlife-rescue-is-not-always-a-success-story-no-matter-how-hard-you-try/

 

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Six a.m. comes very early on a weekend, when one should be able to catch up on sleep..sleeping in is not an option for me. 6 a.m. on a weekend for me, means getting up, preparing LOKI’s hearty warm breakfast, and going outside with long coat over fleecy pj’s, trudging through backyard snow and refilling his water dish (now frozen) with fresh drinking water, all the while patiently calling to him..standing out in the cold, hoping that he can hear me and anxiously waiting for his arrival.  During the work week this whole process is repeated, only I must rise at least a 1/2 hour earlier so that I will still have time to get ready for work.  Often times he will not come right away, so I must keep my bedroom window open while getting ready for the office so that I can hear him and be prepared to jump up and head out to him.

Yesterday morning saw him arrive around 6:30 and this morning he showed up about 7:45 a.m.  It was cold, and he was covered in ice crystals.  With temps on the decline and winter now ahead of all of us, I do not look forward to this long winter.  Last year I sat outside in my driveway or on my deck in sub zero temps, winds blowing, freezing my hands and excuse the reference..my butt, at all hours of the mornings and nights ensuring that LOKI received warm nourishing meals to get him through the long frigid winter days and nights.

Nothing has changed and I will continue to do just that.  I will continue to do what I have been doing for over a year, protecting him, caring for him and loving him.

Twice in the last two weeks I have witnessed the Town By-Law Officer attempting to capture LOKI, once with Net Gun in hand.  True LOKI is technically a Stray and under the Hay River By-Laws of which I am well versed, By-Law is just doing his job.  Having contacted the Town of Hay River authorities numerous times concerning LOKI I finally did get a written response for the Towns new SAO…. in my reply to this response I have requested:  copied and pasted from my email:

“I do understand that By-Law is doing his job in trying to capture LOKI.  That being said…..I am requesting, in writing, a written guarantee that if LOKI is captured that I be immediately notified.  A written guarantee that he will be taken to the shelter,he will not be destroyed secretly as were the 22 pups, and that I will be called in, and that I be given the time necessary to obtain and set up a portable dog run for him on my property.  That I will be allowed to license him, just as my own two dogs are already licensed.  That during his stay at the shelter while I am preparing for his needs here at home, that I be the person who cares for and works with him while he is at the shelter.”

This being Sunday I have not yet received a response.

I also submitted to Town Officials a deposition attesting to the gentle non-aggressive nature of LOKI which has been signed by many who have come to know and love LOKI.  Included with this deposition are the comments I received by email and through FaceBook from persons who support LOKI and my continued work with him.  This deposition came about due to an allegation made against LOKI which I believe to be a case of mistaken identity.  That being said I also provided the Municipal Authorities a video which I took in my own backyard of another dog that could be LOKI’s twin proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that there are other dogs in this town that could be mistaken for him.

http://youtu.be/ps6hIcuiNVI

LOKI is very special, being the sole survivor of the 23 pups rescued in the Hay River Animal Cruelty Case, raid took place May 29, 2010…(109 dogs involved) 3 of which were immediately put down for humane reasons.  This case took over a year to finally go to trial and despite the evidence, all five charges were dropped.

The 23 pups aged between 2 months and one year, were held and cared for by shelter volunteers at the Muncipally owned shelter for 2 1/2 months, before being secretly removed and destroyed in mid August 2010.  Despite the numerous offers I made to assist in relocating these pups to properly run facilities outside the NT where they would have received proper rehab from highly qualified professional specialist, my offers were summarily ignored.

LOKI escaped the Municipal shelter the first time in mid June 2010, he was recaptured and thankfully again escaped prior to the other 22 pups being destroyed, the method of destruction has yet to be discovered and consequently rumors abound as there is no resident vet in this town.   This last escape is the  act that saved LOKI’s  life.  As the sole survivor LOKI is extremely special, he is precious…he is also a reminder of what took place  here.  That being said, the importance of keeping him healthy and safe cannot be overstated.  His will to survive against all odds is an inspiration in itself, this gentle spirit more than deserves a chance at a loving forever home, free from stress, free from harassment, free from fear, free from frigid temperatures.

My work with LOKI, my commitment and devotion to LOKI, if anything continues to grow stronger, my determination is un-waivering, should he be captured I will have to deal with that if and when it happens.  The trust shared between he and I continues to grow, our time together, our journey will continue.

It has been mentioned to me time and again that LOKI’s story needs to be published in a well established publication, and an offer has been made to me from a dear friend and accomplished journalist to assist me in doing just that.  Certainly I have enough Blog posts, pictures and videos upon which I can resource to pull this all together.  I am happy to say that I am going to do this.  LOKI’s full story needs to be told, he is a remarkable animal.

In addition, I am seriously contemplating a larger project, that of writing a book on the the trials and conflicts I have experienced as an Animal Rights Advocate/Activist from Ontario now living in the Northwest Territories.

As my readers know, my three year battle with the Territorial Government resulted in an historic event this Spring, the passing and Enactment of the new NWT Dog Act.  This first major victory remains far from the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that I continue to fight for.  The good news is that the Legisaltive Assembly did pass the motion towards continuing work for Comprehensive Animal Protection.

Again, I most certainly have enough Blog Posts, evidenciary pictures and accounts of the decades of animal neglect and cruelty, newspaper clipping as well as records of published accounts of such cruelty that failed to be prosecuted.

Each and everyone of us, who continue the never ending battle to end horrific animal cruelty, can identify with the extreme frustration and heartbreak involved.  We can all identify with the phone calls and emails received on a daily basis.  We can identify with the personal sacrifices each of us make, taking time away from our families, our homes and yes even our own pets, spending money we really don’t have to spend so that one more will be cared for properly.  I would say that we are definitely a Breed Apart, we are unique in our commitment and our devotion and we are as described by one such individual “‘a silent army'”that keeps growing and for that I shall be forever grateful.

  To all of you who have supported my fight for Animal Protection the Northwest Territories I sincerely Thank You.

  To all of you who follow the journey which LOKI and I have embarked upon, all of you who support LOKI and my ongoing work with him, I thank you and I am ever so grateful.

  I know that this beautiful boy is grateful as well.

  From the bottom of both our hearts…..This video contains a special message as well as my own fears

   http://youtu.be/uxbf2iUJbvA

Additional videos of this beautiful boy:

http://youtu.be/nCW2XMey9Rk

http://youtu.be/KTKDWI8_Afo

http://youtu.be/TqI0VjnyU0g

http://youtu.be/3B7NnhAAKSY

http://youtu.be/MrqoARVHZNE

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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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Yet another case of failure to prosecute.  The recent case of the 3 dogs found starved and frozen to death in Tuktoyaktuk is another example why an animal protection act is absolutely necessary in the Canadian North.  These dogs were found frozen to the ground, discovered by the local dog catcher Chuck Gruben.

The RCMP Officer called in to investigate has decided not to press charges under the Criminal Code of Canada after having spoken with the owner of these dogs who claimed that the dogs were already sick and nothing could be done for them.  When question by CBC reporters as to whether a vet had been called in to confirm that indeed these animals had succumbed to their illness, the RCMP Officer stated no.    The officer also stated that under the Criminal Code that evidence must be prove that these animals were neglected in order to press charges, he did admit that the dead dogs and three surviving dogs looked pretty skinny.

Note that one caller to CBC North stated that a number of the sled dogs held at the Randa Boogie Pokiaks yard had broken loose and had entered her yard.  One of these dogs attacked and literally ate her puppy before her husband could chase them away.  Is this not an indication that these dogs were starving?

I was invited to do a personal interview with CBC North recently, topic of concern is this most recent case of willful neglect and my lobbying of the Northwest Territories Government for an Animal Protection Act.  I was more than happy to respond, I was allowed to hear the interview with the investigating RCMP officer prior to my interview.  The excuses given by the owner which were accepted by this officer, influencing his decision no to press charges, are unacceptable to myself and many others.  Pokiak made a conscious decision, he willfully failed to provide proper shelter in sub-zero temperatures and while he claimed to be feeding these animals, reports to the contrary were made by many witnesses.  Evidence lay in the starved carcasses frozen to the ground and the testimonies of witnesses that came forward to prove that this is an indictable offense.

In my view failing to prosecute this individual is sending a negative statement that there is no accountability for ones actions, that animal cruelty is condoned, and accepted, that one is free to do whatever they choose to with consequence.  The current Animal Cruelty Legislation as contained in the Criminal Code of Canada only applies to particular areas of the country.  The Criminal Code and this Animal Cruelty Legislation applies to everyone anywher in Canada.

If you are as outraged as what I am please sign my petition posted below “An Appeal for the Voiceless” and send a clear, precise and pointed message to the Government of the Northwest Territories that not only are the offenders of these horrendous acts accountable for their actions, but that the government is also accountable for their inaction.

I intend to keep up this fight and with you help enough pressure can be put on the Legislature for them to act..that is my hope.

Please go to the petition: An appeal for the voiceless

While this petition denotes 1,000 signatures I am urging everyone to surpass that number, to pass this case on to contacts, to make everyone aware of what is going on urging all to take positive action to put an end to this madness and suffering.

Read the CBC article on this case
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