Posts Tagged 'shelters'

AIC is going to lay low over the summer and come back revamped by fall.  Here are two unmitigated downers to mull over in the meantime.

Statistics . . .

On Friday, Manitou RCMP went to the property in the RM of Lorne. Officers discovered as many as 500 dead pigs, along with about 160 that were so sick that they had to be put down. Many of the animals were found living without proper food, water or ventilation.

 RCMP said evidence of “severe neglect” was observed. About 2,000 animals were rescued.

. . . tragedy.

I’m very sad to say that Sunny also had to be put down recently. Sunny was surrendered to the shelter back in August 2009, and he was a super-sweet, cuddly older boy. He was finally adopted in December, only to be returned two months later. He was clearly depressed to be back in the shelter, and his awesome personality quickly disappeared. He stayed in the corner, not moving, not interested in people. And then recently, he started biting people when they tried to pet him. Four months had passed since he’d been returned, it was clear no one was going to adopt him, he was depressed and he was going to hurt someone.

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Don’t judge

In defence of the OSPCA.

It is unfortunate that so many animals’ lives were lost, but it’s not the end of the world. The OSPCA did what it thought was the responsible thing in humanely destroying these animals to prevent the spread of ringworm to the outside community.

They were being fiscally responsible, too. Ringworm can take three to eight weeks to treat in a single animal in isolation. With more than 300 infected animals, staff at the shelter were looking at a nightmare that could have closed the shelter for months, if not longer. Who would have filled the shelter’s role for the next two to three months of quarantine?

What’s more troubling is the fact that there were 350 animals in the shelter in the first place. Where were the protesters two weeks or two months ago? If they cared so much, why weren’t they speaking out then or offering to give them homes?

Responsibility

The OSPCA controversy in context.

There would be fewer animals in the Newmarket shelter and, indeed, in shelters around the province, if people took more responsibility for their pets, if they spayed and neutered their dogs and cats to prevent the birth of unwanted animals and if they recognized an animal isn’t something you bring home on a whim.

But the complacency of some people about the lives of dogs and cats was evident even amongst those who turned up in Newmarket to protest.

On Tuesday, an outraged Keswick man showed up at the shelter to try and retrieve J.J., a cat he told reporters he had surrendered to the shelter three months ago. Now, he was outraged that the animal was infected with ringworm and claimed J.J. was fine when he was left at the shelter.

Yes, and maybe that cat, and many other animals, would still be fine if it hadn’t been abandoned at a shelter in the first place.


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