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EFFECTIVE MAY 15 2011 THE NEW NORTHWEST TERRITORIES DOG ACT CAME INTO EFFECT

Confirmation by way of an email received on May 18, 2011 from MACA Minister Robert McLeod’s office states:  “The amendments to the Dog Act are in force effective May 15, 2011.”

While this new Dog Act pertains only to dogs in the NWT it is a Victory, it is historical.  The NWT has never had an Act protecting the dogs up here.  The original Act protected HUMANS from Dogs.

This is the FIRST step towards the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act needed and work towards achieving that goal will continue.  Until a comprehensive Act is in place the NWT will continue to remain in the Bottom Tier as reported by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.  For two years running (2009 and 2010) the NWT was awarded the dubious distinction of being “The Best Place to Abuse Animals”.

Some of you who have followed this Blog over the years are fully aware of the decades of unabated, un-prosecuted cases of horrific animal neglect and cruelty.  Hopefully now the new Dog Act in conjunction with the Canadian Federal Criminal Code will put an end to the suffering and bring those who inflict such horror to justice.

To all of you who have given your support to myself and to the dogs here……THANK YOU!!!!

My work towards a Comprehensive Act will continue, monitoring and reporting of all animal cruelty incidents will continue.

There remains much work yet to be done.  Municipalities across the NWT now need to ensure that the New Dog Act is enforced and if needed amend their own specific By-Laws accordingly; veterinary services across the NWT need to be expanded, educational programs on Animal Welfare and Care need to be implemented, fully equipped animal shelters need to be established, and most importantly fully trained qualified Animal Cruelty Investigators need to be implemented.  All reports of suspected animal cruelty must be investigated and action taken to aid animals in crisis..remember that neglect abused dog on a two foot chain in a neighbors yard may very well reflect the potential family abuse within that home.  The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence is very real.

http://pet.firstblogfirst.com/2011/01/17/discerning-the-truth-about-abuse/

http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/abuse_connection.php

Animal Abuse and Conduct Disorder

http://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/jjbul2001_9_2/page5.html

Looking Out for Family Pets:Recognizing the Connection between Animal Cruelty and Family Violence

http://www.owjn.org/owjn_2009/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=127&Itemid=107

NWT CABINET VOTED TO RETAIN “EXCEPTION CLAUSE” IN NEW DOG ACT DESPITE OPPOSITION TO CLAUSE

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/nwt-cabinet-voted-to-retain-exception-clause-in-new-dog-act-despite-opposition-to-clause/

BRIEF ON NEW AMENDED NORTHWEST TERRITORIES DOG ACT

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/brief-on-new-amended-northwest-territories-dog-act/

A YEAR IN BRIEF REVIEW – ANIMAL ABUSE IN THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, CANADA

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/a-year-in-brief-review-%E2%80%93-animal-abuse-in-the-northwest-territories-canada/

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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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Please urge the Territorial Government to delete in its entirety this deadly clause;  “make exceptions for accepted local or traditional practices”

 

 

: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/Oppose-deadly-loophole-in-NWT-Dog-Act/

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Update:  emails are being sent to MLA David Ramsay who is chairing the Public Hearings scheduled within the next weeks on the New NWT Dog Act.    Copies of these emails are being cc’d to:

protectionofnorthernanimals@gmail.com

Mr. Ramsay has been and continues to be a sincere and valued voice for Animal Protection in the NWT and also opposes this loophole.  Unfortunately other MLA’s do not.

Please take the time to protest this deadly loophole: “make exceptions for accepted local or traditional practices” by emailing:

david_ramsay@gov.nt.ca

The more opposition that is presented the stronger the message that this clause is totally unacceptable and MUST be deleted.

Thank you to  The Animal Defense League of Canada, Animal Alliance of Canada, C4P (Cause 4 Paws), NWT SPCA, Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA and to those who have already contacted Mr. Ramsay and speaking out for the animals.

THIS IS HOW A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND CARED FOR DOG SHOULD LOOK

HE SENDS HIS THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU.

 

 

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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.

http://www.hayriverhub.com/

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2010-06/jun7_10dgs.html

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.
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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?
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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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A recent write up in the Edmonton Sun “Warm homes for cold dogs” http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/edmonton/2009/12/22/12245696.html
cites truly good news for the Northern dogs who continue to suffer cruelty and neglect in Canada’s North.  Koodos to the Alberta animal lovers who have stepped up to the plate to aid in the rescue, relocation and who will hopefully find new forever homes for these deserving animals.

For decades dogs, animals in general, have been considered “disposable”.  Note that term comes from a reliable source.  The blatant disregard for their care and welfare is more than evident and continues unabated and without consequence.

While good, caring and responsible pet owners shudder at the continued published accounts of animal cruelty and are often witness to the suffering of these innocent victims and while these same individuals may speak up, may make reports of incidents, there remains within them a fear of retaliation, as well as the sense that any reports which they may have the courage to make are disregarded by authorities.  After all it is just a dog, just a cat, and there are so many more important matters to attend to.

While written assurances have been received by this writer from the Minister of MACA: Hon. Robert McLeod and the Minister of Justice: Hon. Jackson Lafferty  who wrote that “the Department of Justice is working with other Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) departments towards the goal of introducing new animal protection legislation.  The government has committed to bringing forward this legislation during the life of the 16th Assembly….the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs is currently moving forward with planned amendments to the Dog Act.  These amendments, while limited to protecting only dogs, will address the immediate concerns regarding the protection of dogs, until more comprehensive animal protection legislation is implemented.” (July 6, 2009) Note that the 16th Assembly does not end until August 2011.  How many more animals will suffer horrifically during the next two years???

In a letter dated August 24, 2009 received from MACA, Mr. McLeod writes “As you know, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) through the Departments of Justice and Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), is developing new legislation to address animal welfare in the NWT, as well as revising the Dog Act as an interim measure until animal welfare legislation is developed and enacted.” In his response to my position that the Dog Act should be replaced by comprehensive animal protection legislation to protect all animals in the North, Mr. McLeod responded “Your point is excellent, however, developing and implementing comprehensive animal protection legislations will take time.  In the meantime, MACA is moving forward with amendments to the Dog Act to address immediate concerns.”

Unfortunately as stated by Kam Lake MLA David Ramsay “The fall is here, the snow is falling and Christmas is coming.  Where exactly is this legislation, how come it hasn’t even gone to committee yet?” http://www.cjcd.ca/archives.boa (MLA unhappy with state of NWT animal rights laws (03-Nov-2009) Further Mr. Ramsay refers to the current NWT Dog Act as archaic: http://www.cjcd.ca/archives.boa (MLA Says Animal Neglect Has To Be Dealt With (09-Mar-2009).

In addition to MLA David Ramsay, Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley has spoken out in support and is calling for  “prompt revision of the animal protection laws”  http://www.cjcd.ca/archives.boa (Animal Lovers Want Tougher Protection Laws (23-Feb-2009).  In fact you will find Mr. Bromley’s Member’s Statement to the Legislature on Animal Rights Legislation on page 2176 of the Northwest Territories Hansard (February 12,2009). http://google.gov.nt.ca/search?q=page 2176&site=Legislative_Assembly&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&client

The Legislature is now on Christmas Break and Session will begin again on January 27, 2010.  Will this important piece of much needed Legislation be dealt with?  Will the issues to amend the current archaic Dog Act finally be brought before committee?  Will concerned, caring and responsible pet owners finally see progress being made for the welfare of the animals in the NWT?  Or will their call for Animal Protection be disregarded just as is the welfare and care of the animals unfortunate enough to be born in and to live in the NWT???
Pictures submitted by Beafort Delta Regional SPCA Director : early 2009.  No shelter, malnourished mother and pup.  Do these dogs look well cared for to you?

How about these dogs?  pictures submitted 2008,  by Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA Director.

Found frozen to the bottom of his wooden doghouse.  Did not survive.

Below: Victims in Tuktoyaktuk 2009, please see prior posts regarding these dogs in the Archives.  No charges laid. PETA speaks out.

To voice your own concern and support please use the following contact listings:

Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs      robert_c_mcleod@gov.nt.ca    (867) 669-2366

Minister of Justice
jackson_lafferty@gov.nt.ca   (867) 669-2399

Hon. Robert McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs
Hon. Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Justice
Legislative Assembly Building
4570    48th Street
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2L9

Bob Bromley MLA, Weledeh :                   bob_bromley@gov.nt.ca   (867) 669-2272

David Ramsay MLA, Kam Lake:              david_ramsay@gov.nt.ca   (867) 669-2296

Paul Delorey, MLA Hay River North:    paul_delorey@gov.nt.ca     (867) 669-2233

Please take the time to browse the following links to get a true feel of the situation for animals in the North.

http://www.cjcd.ca/archives.boa
You will have to scroll through the CJCD Archives (tip: search Animal Cruelty to find the titles below).
Behchoko puppy doing well after throat injury (05-Nov-2009)
Animal abuse case leaves three puppies dead, one recovering (22-Oct-2009)
Animal Neglect Charges Stayed for Behchoko Artist (06-Mar-2009)
Charges Coming in Case of Animal Neglect (14-Oct-2008)
Behchoko Artist Could Be Charged For Horrific Neglect of Dogs (14-Oct-2008)
Severely Damaged HR Dog Receiving Care (23-Apr-2008)
Animals and pellet guns don’t mix (18-May-2006)
NWT SPCA not sorry for emotional appeal to adopt animals in shelter (15-May-2006)
Hay River Shooting (11-May-2005)
Justice Minister Concerned Over Animal Welfare (01-Feb-2005) former Justice Minister
Cats left out in the cold (27-Jan-2004)
Dog Update (22-Sep-2003)
Hey want a dog? (15-Sep-2003)

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2009-11/nov6_09brf.html
MLA wants animal cruelty act

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2009-05/may25_09aa.html

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2009-02/feb20_09brf1.html
Animal rights left to the dogs

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2005-02/feb2_05edit.html
Dogs deserve better treatment

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2005-02/feb2_05dg.html
Police open probe into dog slaughter

http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/1999-10/oct4_99edit.html
http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2008-12/dec3_08act-nun.html
http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2001-12/dec7_01spc.html

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I found this and many other poems on the Internet and I believe that this message says it all, far too many wonderful, beautiful animals continue to be neglected.   The priceless unconditional love that they have to give is cast aside; their need for companionship denied them, how can they possibly understand …they cannot.  Please raise your voice for those who continue to suffer so greatly.

ALONE AGAIN

I wish someone could tell me
What it is that I’ve done wrong,
Why I have to stay chained up
And left alone so long.

They seemed so glad to have me
When I came here as a pup.
There were so many things we’d do
While I was growing up.

They couldn’t wait to train me
As companion and as friend.
They told me they would never fear
Being left alone again.

The children said they’d feed me,
Said they’d brush me every day,
They’d play with me and walk me,
If only I could stay.

But now the family hasn’t time.
They often say I shed.
They wont allow me in the house,
Not even to be fed.

The children never walk me.
They always say, “Not Now!”
I wish that I could please them.
Won’t someone tell me how?

All I have is love, you see,
I wish they would explain,
Why they said they wanted me
Then left me on a chain.

From The Detroit News 2/25/1999
Author Unknown

Look into the eyes of the two  ‘working dogs’ in desperate need below, located in Tuktoyaktuk, NT the others were shot, 3 were found dead and frozen to the ground. (Temperatures along the Beaufort Sea drop to -50 celcius) To view their full story go to the  January/February Archives. Despite desperate efforts nothing was done to rescue these two survivors and no charges were ever laid.

Legacy of the North Victims Pokiak's dogs

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