Posts Tagged 'dogs'

Shelter dogs

National poll finds 43 per cent of Canadians buy dogs from breeders, and most don’t know how many homeless dogs we’ve got.

The largest proportion of the poll’s 1,008 telephone respondents — 11 per cent — put the number of unwanted dogs brought to shelters in Canada every year at 10,000.

According to the survey’s statistics, the actual number of dogs admitted to shelters annually is over three times that, at more than 36,000. Many of these animals are destroyed when homes cannot be found for them.


On learning to be a parent from a dog.

My dog was my baby; and now that I have an actual baby, I see that my dog prepared me for motherhood far better than any of those What to Expect books.When we adopted Lily the beagle from a rescue group, my husband and I were living the blissful life of DINKs – Double Income, No Kids. It was a sweet set-up: We travelled, went to fancy restaurants, slept late on weekends and kept fragile vases on low shelves.

Then along came Lily. Soon, everything we owned was coated in a fine layer of dog hair. Our schedules shifted to revolve around walks, off-leash parks and vet visits. When we moved to Toronto, we chose our house in the Beaches neighbourhood partly because we knew Lily would love Lake Ontario.

Every day

Dog abuser sought in Windsor.

After three decades of protecting animals from human abusers, Nancy McCabe thought she’d seen every nightmarish act people could dream up against defenceless creatures. She was wrong.

“My God, this is just so sad,” said McCabe, field operations manager with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“I can feel myself getting enraged. I just feel like I’m so mad. I don’t understand it. I don’t know what people are thinking. Every day it seems like it’s something else. It hurts. It’s taking a piece of my heart every day.”

Animal complaints

Iqaluit’s dog problem overwhelms bylaw officers.

Iqaluit bylaw officers already spend most of their time dealing with Iqaluit’s loose dogs, but that’s still not enough to get the work done, Keith Park, the Iqaluit’s acting bylaw chief, told city councillors May 4 at a meeting of the city’s public works and engineering committee.

Park said his department is so busy catching loose dogs, there’s little time for other kinds of bylaw enforcement.

“Ninety-eight per cent of our call-outs are animal complaints,” he said.

No. 1 species

At the Ontario Veterinary College’s Animal Cancer Centre.

“One of the things that continues to amaze me is how many people don’t realize that animals get cancer, even physicians,” says Elizabeth Stone, dean of the veterinary college, which began training vets in 1862 and boasts graduates such as W.G. Ballard, of pet-food fame.

“Just the fact that we call our facility the Animal Cancer Centre hopefully will make people realize, yes, animals get cancer. And, yes, their physiology isn’t that different from the No. 1 species.”

Animal abuse

Dog torturer/killer sentenced to year in jail.

Observers say the conviction will change how animal-abuse crimes are dealt with in Ontario, sending more offenders to jail for longer sentences and potentially barring them from being near animals for greater periods of time.

Justice Fergus O’Donnell’s decision on April 15 will help guide the outcome of other cases, says Connie Mallory, acting chief inspector for the OSPCA.

“Judges will certainly reflect on that sentence and my hope is they will hand down similar sentences based on the crime that has happened,” she said.

Possible cruelty

Suspicious circumstances in Altona.

Cpl. Theresa Figurski of the Altona RCMP detachment said residents have had three dogs show up with strange injuries, and then another resident found two skinned animals near a local highway.

She said officers are not labelling the incidents as possible animal cruelty, but they’re suspicious about the circumstances of the animal’s injuries.

All of the animals were found, or lived, in an area about eight-square kilometres from Altona, she said.

Mounties are saying they’re trying to figure out if the incidents are connected, but they don’t want to be “alarmist.”

“We’re not exactly sure. I can’t say, you know, that it’s cruelty or it’s done deliberately, but it’s certainly enough… we want to find out or investigate more,” she said.



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