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New regulations for animals to come into effect Dec. 1, 2014

Here in Canada, the laws regarding the length of time dogs can be tethered to a tree, post, etc. are minimal and have been very difficult to enforce. Things are starting to change and we are super excited! Here is a copy of the article in today’s local news.

Courtesy of Global TV

MONCTON, N.B. – A few weeks ago, a black dog came into the Greater Moncton SPCA with a large scar, encircling its neck. It was a sure sign that it had spent most of its life tethered.

“We see dogs that have lived their whole life on a chain,” Nanette Pearl, Director of Animal Welfare at the Greater Moncton SPCA said. “We aren’t able to understand the point of having a dog, if that’s all its life is going to be.”

The dog, which doesn’t have a name, also has wounds on his back, and fight wounds and abscesses on its neck and muzzle. Pearl said typically dogs that have been tethered also suffer from psychological issues, though fortunately, this dog still continues to be friendly.

“They have a hard time trusting,” she said. “There can be aggression issues. There can be fearfulness, lack of socialization.”

The dog is not ready to adopt yet and neither is another one that is currently part of an abuse investigation but Pearl said she hopes both will be ready one day. There is also hope that new provincial regulations will cut back on the amount of abuse the SPCA sees.

Starting on December 1, it will be illegal to tether a dog between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. New Brunswick is the first province to enact tethering laws.

The changes also give new powers to the SPCA to take action before the animal’s health is impacted. Currently, officers have to wait until there is physical evidence of abuse, before they can seize an animal.

Other changes include increasing the penalty for failing to have a dog vaccinated for rabies, and increase the fine for having a dog running at large in rural areas.

Pearl said it is illegal and dangerous to have a dog running lose, because it could be injured or harm another animal or person. But the current fine of $10 makes it hard to enforce the law. The new fine will be $140.

The New Brunswick SPCA is responsible for enforcing the animal protection regulations, and during a phone interview Wednesday, executive director Hilary Howes admitted the changes will put a strain on their resources, as officers will have to work at night and be doubled up in some cases for safety.

The complaints-based program is run entirely on donations. They usually receive about 3,000 calls a year with about 25 officers in the province responding, but they expect the number of calls to increase.

Nicole Thebeau, president of the Kent County Animal Rescue has been lobbying the government for years to toughen the regulations. She has been rescuing animals for nine years, but said the new regulations are not enough although a step in the right direction.

“If you need to prove it, put your video camera out at 11 o’clock and tape it,” she said. “Or take pictures or mark the hours down, or something.”

The New Brunswick SPCA maintains a 24-hour tip line for animal abuse, with service offered in both English and French. The number is 1-877-722-1522 and tips can be left anonymously.

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November is Adopt a Senior Month

Reposting here!

Finding My Way Back To Myself

For me, I love having an older dog. Maybe its because they are so often forgotten in the over populated shelters, or perhaps it is because they need love and attention, like I do. Either way you look at it, as much as I love puppies, they are a lot like having a toddler and honestly I don’t have the energy all the time to be watching for every little thing they can and will get into.

Below is a list of reasons why it is an excellent idea to adopt a senior dog.

10 Great Reasons to Open Your Heart to a Senior Pet

  1. Older dogs have manners. Unlike puppies, many grown-up dogs have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans.

    They may have received obedience training and respond to commands like Sit, Stay, and Down.

    Many are house trained and it takes…

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Do you have a dog who thinks they are alpha?

We do, and her name is Lucy. Lucy is a rat terrier mix and is approximately 9 years old. I say approximately because she is a rescue and we can only go by the paperwork provided.

For a few months now Lucy goes through periods where she would pee our bed. We have flipped our mattress, used products to disinfect, numerous laundry washings etc. Nothing seemed to be helping.

We started to break down what she could be feeling threatened by. One thing that came to mind is that our 12 year old chi mix who we rescued a year ago, we have had to feed her in a different room because Lucy would bully her for her food. That place we feed her is in our bedroom.

The other thing we noticed is she dictates when she will go outside when it rains; then she won’t move if you go to walk. Last night I, with coaxing, was able to get her to walk to a building not far from our home that is grassy and she did her business. Then this morning, in the rain, again she wouldn’t walking willingly so I lifted her up and put her on the grass. She stood there and was prepared to not move, I had to coax her to do so, but she did go in the end.

So today is a new day, and we carry on, persistence is key. LoveYourPet

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National Pet Memorial Day

Every year, on the second Sunday of September, pet owners join together to honor their pets passed and present

and think about and share with others the important role that their beloved pets have played, and do play, in their lives.

Today I honor my dogs Blaze, Lucy and Tika who are presently with me. I honor my cats Jingles, Cinder and Ella who are also with me. I also honor my cat Mischief, my beautiful dogs Rizzo and Teo. I would also like to take a moment to honor two dogs I have had the pleasure of having in my life through my volunteer work with rescue, Astro and Paco.

One idea that has been shared and is becoming a popular tradition on National Pet Memorial Day, is:

  • Plant a tree or a shrub as a living memorial.

For more information, see: http://www.iaopc.com/professionals/national-pet-memorial-day

NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

National Pet Memorial Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories.

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When Transporters Abuse and Traumatize Dogs

A year ago, I transported for what I will only describe as a CRAP rescue. During that time, I have seen disgusting transporting and I brought it to the attention of the CRAP rescue. She denied there was a problem and that the transporter has delivered her dogs without incident. To go into the details would only horrify people, so I will hopefully be able to attach photos to truly show the conditions.

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Yesterday that all changed, I am thrilled to see and read that the transporter in question, has been outed. As more and more people are being made aware of the horrific conditions that dogs are being transported sum would say brokered up from California to the Canadian border. How it works is pullers and rescues go in with the purpose of getting dogs from high kill shelters.

The problem is, the transporter shoves as many as she can in her van, drives some 18+ hours, with no pee break, no food break, and no changing of the pee pads. Often dogs are found sitting in there feces and urine. On very hot days, there is no air condition for the dogs, the ventilation is virtually non existent and dogs have died from heat exhaustion and then being blamed on distemper. Which if you are a caring rescue, you wouldn’t transport a dog with distemper. Crates are often facing the walls, plastic kennels need a cooling system with proper ventilation because plastic traps in both heat and cold temps.

It has been mentioned that the van in question is not hers, I can verify that it is, I can also verify that often there were 2 vans that would arrive to the Canadian border. Often it is the foster who picks up the dogs and the dogs have been cleaned up, their kennel cleaned and they have been given a high protein dog food, so they are hyper upon arrival. This person has blinded everyone, except those that do know how she operates. So if the BS rescues and rescuers who continue to use this transport continue to pay her and ignore what is being said then the business continues…. sadly

Here is an except of a message shared:

“The side doors don’t open from the outside….you have to reach in along side the passenger seat grab a leash that is attached to a piece of wire that is fastened onto the latch n pull it to open the doors. The back doors were always working to open either because of broken plastic that would get jammed in the door and push down the lock button. The floor is covered with partial board and reeks of stench…..the air blew when the van was running but wasn’t getting to the dogs on the bottom of the pile….those dogs were going crazy chewing at their kennel door. Dogs stayed in their crates for over 18 hours never once getting water…walked ….or feed! Because we were fucking driving the entire time….when I asked her when were we going to stop and care for the dogs her answer was I wad hired to drive n there wad no time because we were behind….she blamed YOU the rescues saying you were on her ass to hurry and get the dogs up there! Common sense will tell you that you cant drive all that way in two days and stop and care for the dogs too….it is physically impossible with one person on the van. I never said she drugged a dog but I did say she gave them this gooy stuff from s yellow tube…she told me it perked the dogs up and made them frisky….why would they need to be perked up if they were doing so well? She stopped and cleaned crates and dogs before delivery…. they were laying in shit and piss until that point….some of the dogs had been picked up from hospital after having surgery…..their belly’s were resting in filth! She went and got bottled water n doused the dogs with it n sprayed some doggy cleaner on them n rubbed the crap off with towels. Pam Wiggly Tails posted a dog she got from Kevan a lil snuggle tooth male chi…..I cleaned up that poor lil dog who was so terrified I nearly cried. I wonder about another senior dog who wasn’t fairing well….when I looked in on her while the dogs were being loaded into the U Haul it looked lifeless. If you want to blind yourself to this cold hearted bitches business practices so you can lay your head down at night. …than I will personally do all I can to end your days in dog rescue! !!”

So where do we go from here you may be asking yourself. There are those who say stop any transports that are set up, thereby stopping dogs from being in disgusting conditions. Hold the rescues accountable, it is hard to believe that any rescue who picks up their dogs can’t see the conditions these dogs arrive in. Charge the transporter with animal abuse and have any and all dogs in her care removed. There has a call hopefully going out the Riverside Sheriff to bring this to their attention and find out what, if anything, can be done about it.

The idea is to be proactive in having others not use her, bringing her down. Slowly but surely there is progress.

If you ever have an issue with a transporter, and have evidence of it, live in the United States – you can file a complaint with Rescue Monitor http://www.rescuemonitor.org/resources.html as well you can also file a complaint with USDA, APHIS, Animal Care http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/aw_complaint_form.shtml

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Car Accidents and Animals

Today about 2pm PST, a large “bang” could be heard from our home. I said to my spouse that didn’t sound good. Both of us are ones who believe in helping others so he went to see what happened. When he came back he told me “its a bad one” to bring blankets and the first aid kit. I said ok, be right there.

I arrive on he scene and see 3 vehicles. One is a grey dodge 2500 truck flipped on its side, the other is a Blue Dodge Caravan and the other at best guest was a Green Ford Focus.

I crossed the street and in doing so, I saw a man, in my eyes deceased and to the right of me a tall gentlemen holding what appeared to be his dog, a Pomeranian. He was in shock, unaware of how this accident came to be. I could see lacerations on his head, his dog I was able to leash and he and I stayed with the man til he was taken by ambulance.

The Blue Dodge Caravan had 3 dogs in it. They had been returning from doing rehabilitation work with others. They were loose in the car. Once everything had been assessed, my spouse leashed them up and we had them temporarily with someone else til we could safely get them altogether with me. We put the chihuahua in a crate as he/she was terrified.

It took a bit of time, rain coming down very hard, soaked through clothing, all that I could think of making sure these animals were safe. There are no people who can make sure they are safe, especially if they are the victims in the scene of a car accident. Or, like one of the individuals, deceased.

Kennels save lives, but so do bystanders who take a chance and offer to help. We took a chance and our rescue and volunteer experience really helped today.

Will be lighting a candle for the man who died today in front of our house in a 3 car t-boned accident. Thanks to Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) for assisting in taking the 3 dogs who need temporary homes til their families can be notified.

To the innocent we would safe you again!

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