Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
The mission of Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada is to advocate for animals with the public, the criminal justice system, and all levels of Canadian government, with the express goal of improving the lives and safety of animals and, by extension, people and communities, in Canada and abroad. If you would like to assist with our efforts, we cordially invite you to join us at our website, or on Facebook and Twitter. You can also reach us by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Police Staff Must Take Animal Cruelty Seriously
Winnipeg Police Services Officer was seen on video mocking two women who came to the station to report their neighbour for allegedly punching his dog in the head. The officer responded "I've punched my dog! Sometimes you have to discipline an animal." He added "So, you're going to dictate how everybody disciplines their animals?" and "Oh, so we can't discipline anybody now. Heaven forbid." All of these comments were made in a mocking tone. People need to know they can rely upon the police to enforce the legislation in the Criminal Code. This officer needs to be disciplined, educated about the fact that animal cruelty is an offence under the Criminal Code that needs to be taken seriously, and investigated for his claims that he's punched his own dog. THE PETITION: To the Winnipeg Police Board: Whereas an Officer failed to take a complaint of animal cruelty seriously, we, the undersigned, respectfully request that he and the entire Winnipeg Police Service Force be educated about animal cruelty, its impact on both animals and humans, and how to enforce the Criminal Code in this regard. We also respectfully request that the Officer in question be investigated for his actions in response to this animal cruelty complaint and disciplined accordingly. To the Winnipeg Humane Society and Winnipeg Police Service: In relation to Officer's claim that he has punched his own dog, we, the undersigned, respectfully request that you investigate him for animal cruelty. RELATED NEWS ARTICLES: https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/winnipeg-couple-who-complained-of-dog-punch-incident-share-video-of-officer-s-reaction-1.3980632 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-police-humane-society-dog-abuse-1.4711661 https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/winnipeg-police-services-investigate-actions-of-officer-at-hartford-ave-station-485615242.html
JUSTICE FOR ASHA - puppy thrown 6 feet into the air to land on pavement
THE PETITION: We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you charge and prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law (by indictment under the Criminal Code of Canada), the 18-year-old arrested after being seen in a video tossing a German Shepherd puppy 6 feet into the air. Prosecuting this person is in the public interest. If the alleged perpetrator is charged and subsequently convicted, we request that he be given a significant sentence, including appropriate intervention (risk assessment and treatment specifically targeting animal abuse), and a lifetime ban on owning animals. BACKGROUND:Video shows the puppy, named Asha by rescuers, being thrown into the air and landing on pavement. She is now paralyzed. Asha is enroute to a veterinary clinic in Winnipeg and will be further assessed at that time. The cruelty inflicted upon Asha is a crime of violence and must therefore be taken very seriously. The video shows that after Asha landed on the pavement she was crying in pain, but the perpetrator laughed and walked away, leaving her to suffer.There is a link between animal abuse and other crimes, including violence toward humans. Thus, animal abusers are known to pose a threat to both animals and humans. Failing to halt the cycle of abuse with appropriate intervention will just allow the violence to continue. This person is young, and this is the time in his life when intervention will be most effective.Denunciation and deterrence, both specific and general, is paramount in animal cruelty cases to demonstrate that this type of violent crime is completely unacceptable in a civilized society. Regardless of whether the individual in the video has addictions issues or other difficulties in his life, or lives on a reserve (of which I am not certain, but which may apparently be the case), Criminal Code legislation applies across Canada. Please enforce it. Asha is an innocent puppy who obviously trusted this person when he was carrying her and did not deserve to suffer such cruelty. LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES(WARNING: may include disturbing content, including video):http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-rcmp-investigates-video-of-man-throwing-puppy-1.3697744http://globalnews.ca/news/2851714/rcmp-investigating-animal-cruelty-in-central-manitoba/http://www.winnipegsun.com/2016/07/27/arrest-made-after-video-of-puppy-tossing-surfaces TO DONATE TO ASHA’S CARE: http://www.manitobaunderdogs.org/donate/ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PETITION AND ASHA:https://www.facebook.com/CaptainsLegacy.EndingAnimalAbuse/https://www.facebook.com/ManitobaUnderdogsRescue/https://www.facebook.com/rcmpmb/ Please sign and share the petition, and if you are concerned about animal cruelty in Canada, please sign the following two petitions also:Petition 1: https://goo.gl/7ZP0LAPetition 2: http://goo.gl/ESsZIAThank you.Charlene Myers,FounderAnimal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canadawww.email@example.com
SUPPORT BILL C-246, THE "MODERNIZING ANIMAL PROTECTIONS ACT"
UPDATE: Bill C-246 was defeated in the House of Commons on October 5, 2016. We are subsequently petitioning the Minister of Justice to immediately undertake a review of the animal cruelty sections of the Criminal Code.Please sign and share the petition:English http://bit.ly/2jlekBVFrench http://bit.ly/2jUI1uvBE SURE TO SEND BACK THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL! Download and circulate the identical paper petition:English http://bit.ly/2ki5yICFrench http://bit.ly/2kqFmIV Join and invite all Canadians to our Facebook Group: http://bit.ly/2j2VlMM [la version française suit] In late 2014, Canada was given a rating of “D” on the animal protection index, one of the main reasons for which was our country’s “archaic anti-cruelty legislation.” In a bid to update this legislation, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York, has introduced Bill C-246 in the House of Commons. IF THIS BILL IS TO BECOME LAW, IT WILL NEED WIDE SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND SENATORS. THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN HELP. By signing this petition (anyone can sign, you do NOT need to be Canadian) you are asking Members of Parliament and Senators to support Bill C-246. Please also take the additional important actions noted below, which are also crucial if this bill is going to pass. THE PETITION, TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND THE SENATE OF CANADA:We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you support Bill C-246 by voting in favour of the bill when it comes up for reading and adoption in the House of Commons and Senate. ABOUT BILL C-246:Bill C-246 would modernize our animal protection laws and bring them into the 21st century by doing 4 things: ban the import of shark fins; close loopholes and strengthen the Criminal Code's animal protection provisions; and ban the sale of cat and dog fur within Canada and require labeling of source fur. update the definition of bestiality to include all sexual acts between humans and animals (the current legal definition, as decided by the Supreme Court of Canada on June 9, 2016, must include penetration) More information about the Bill is available at the links below. Several animal advocacy organizations have stated their support for Bill C-246, including Animal Alliance of Canada, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, Animal Justice, British Columbia SPCA, Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, FurBearer Defenders, Humane Society International/Canada, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Montreal SPCA, and Zoocheck. Our organization, Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada, fully supports the changes proposed by Bill C-246, and thanks MP Erskine-Smith and his team sincerely for their efforts in bringing this important legislation to the House of Commons. OTHER IMPORTANT ACTION TO TAKE:1) Please sign up for our Thunderclap campaign at this link.2) If you are Canadian, please phone your Member of Parliament and ask them to support Bill C-246 (click here to find your MP's contact information). If your MP says they do not support the bill, please see our website for more information about how you can follow up. If your MP says they do support the bill, please be sure to thank them and let them know you will share that information with your friends. If you get a response from your MP, please let us know by e-mailing that information to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep a list of which MPs are supporting the bill.BILL C-246 NEEDS OUR SUPPORT IF IT IS GOING TO BECOME LAW. Thank you for signing the petition and/or sending a letter to your Member of Parliament. If you wish to receive further information or participate in this and other animal cruelty initiatives please check out the following Facebook resources by clicking on the links:Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates CanadaCaptain's Legacy: Ending Animal AbuseLINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT BILL C-246:Text of the Bill: http://goo.gl/mWgKZDNews articles:http://www.animaljustice.ca/media-releases/new-bill-would-make-significant-improvements-to-animal-protection-laws-in-canada/http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/barbara-cartwright/animal-cruelty-loopholes_b_9351100.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/03/03/nathaniel-erskine-smith-animal-bill_n_9377286.htmlhttp://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/kady-omalley-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-first-batch-of-bills-from-the-backbench Pétition adressée aux membresDE LA CHAMBRE DES COMMUNESET DU SÉNAT DU CANADApour appuyer le Projet de loi C-246,visant la modernisation de la Loi sur la protection des animaux Vers la fin de l'année 2014, le Canada s'est vu attribué la marque «D» d'après l'indice de protection des animaux, principalement en raison de ses lois et de sa réglementation archaïques portant sur la cruauté envers les animaux. Pour remédier à cette situation, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, député de Beaches-East York, a présenté le Projet de loi C-246 à la Chambre des communes. POUR QUE CE PROJET DE LOI PUISSE ÊTRE ADOPTÉ, IL DOIT ABSOLUMENT OBTENIR LE SOUTIEN D'UN GRAND NOMBRE DE DÉPUTÉS ET DE SÉNATEURS. C'EST POURQUOI, NOUS AVONS BESOIN DE VOUS. En signant cette pétition (toute personne peut la signer, IL N'EST PAS NÉCESSAIRE D'ÊTRE CANADIEN) vous demandez aux membres de la Chambre des communes et aux membres du Sénat du Canada d'appuyer le Projet de loi C-246. PÉTITION ADRESSÉE AUX MEMBRES DE LA CHAMBRE DES COMMUNES ET AUX MEMBRES DU SÉNAT DU CANADA : Nous, ci-après soussignés, vous demandons respectueusement de bien vouloir donner votre appui au Projet de loi C-246 en votant en faveur de son adoption lorsqu'il sera mis aux voix à la Chambre des communes, puis au Sénat. À PROPOS DU PROJET DE LOI C-246 : Le Projet de loi C-246 vise à moderniser nos lois sur la protection des animaux afin de les adapter au 21e siècle en adoptant les trois mesures suivantes : 1. mettre fin à la pratique du coupage des ailerons de requins2. combler les lacunes et renforcer les dispositions du code criminel visant la protection des animaux,3. bannir la vente de la fourrure de chats et de chiens au Canada et exiger la mention de la source de la fourrure sur l'étiquette. Vous trouverez plus de renseignements sur ce Projet de loi en suivant les liens indiqués plus bas. Plusieurs organismes défenseurs des animaux ont déclaré leur appui au Projet de loi C-246, entre autres : Animal Alliance of Canada, Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, Animal Justice, la Coalition canadienne pour la protection des animaux de ferme, la Fédération des sociétés canadiennes d'assistance aux animaux, FurBearer Defenders, Humane Society International/Canada, International Fund for Animal Welfare, la SPCA de Montréal et Zoocheck. Notre organisme Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada, appuie sans réserve les changements proposés par le Projet de loi C-246 et remercie sincèrement le député Erskine-Smith et son équipe pour toute l'énergie qu'ils ont déployée jusqu'ici afin de présenter cette importante mesure législative à la Chambre des communes. AUTRES MESURES IMPORTANTES À PRENDRE (POUR LES CANADIENS SEULEMENT) :Vous êtes Canadiens ? Nous vous demandons de bien vouloir appeler votre député pour lui demander d'appuyer le Projet de loi C-246 (cliquez ici pour trouver les coordonnées de votre député). S'il vous répond qu'il ne soutient pas ce Projet de loi, n'hésitez pas à aller sur notre site web pour obtenir plus de renseignements sur le suivi que vous pouvez faire. Par contre, si votre député déclare qu'il soutient le Projet de loi, n'oubliez pas de le remercier et de lui souligner que vous allez le dire à vos amis. Quand vous obtiendrez une réponse de votre député, veuillez aussi nous le faire savoir par courriel à email@example.com afin que nous puissions dresser une liste des députés qui appuient ce projet de loi. NOUS DEVONS APPUYER LE PROJET DE LOI C-246 SI NOUS VOULONS QU'IL DEVIENNE LOI. Nous vous remercions d'avoir bien voulu signer cette pétition et/ou d'avoir envoyé une lettre à votre député. Si vous voulez recevoir plus de renseignements ou aimeriez participer à ce mouvement ou autres initiatives contre la cruauté envers les animaux, veuillez jeter un coup d'oeil sur les ressources suivantes dans Facebook en cliquant sur les liens : Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates CanadaPétition - Justice pour Capitaine LIENS POUR D'AUTRES RENSEIGNEMENTS À PROPOS DU PROJET DE LOI C-246 : Texte du Projet de loi : http://goo.gl/mWgKZD Articles dans les médias :http://www.animaljustice.ca/media-releases/new-bill-would-make-significant-improvements-to-animal-protection-laws-in-canada/http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/barbara-cartwright/animal-cruelty-loopholes_b_9351100.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/03/03/nathaniel-erskine-smith-animal-bill_n_9377286.htmlhttp://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/kady-omalley-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-first-batch-of-bills-from-the-backbench
JUSTICE FOR "JUSTICE", LITTLE DOG BOUND WITH ELECTRICAL TAPE AND DUMPED IN A FIELD
"Justice" is a 7-year-old dog who was found abandoned in a field with his snout, neck, and ankles tightly bound with electrical tape. He was found by a Good Samaritan who was out walking his dogs. When Justice was found, he was having difficulty breathing as a result of the swelling caused to his snout by the tape. Veterinarians who subsequently examined Justice say he was mere hours from death had he not been discovered in the field. Michael Earl Hill, 32 years of age, has been charged with animal cruelty in this case.THE PETITION:We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the Crown Attorney proceed with the case against the accused as an indictable offence and, IF he is convicted, advocate for the maximum sentence possible, including a ban from owning, having the custody or control of, or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird for the rest of his life, and restitution for Justice's care. We make this request recognizing that animals are sentient and vulnerable beings who rely upon the courts to ensure sentences reflect appropriate deterrence and denunciation of people who are convicted of harming them (as well as people who would consider harming them). Further, it has been well-demonstrated in research that people who harm animals have the potential to also harm humans, so our communities will be safer if the courts take animal cruelty seriously and impose meaningful sentences in such cases.LINK FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PETITION:https://www.facebook.com/CaptainsLegacy.EndingAnimalAbuse/https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1002748463120026 LINK TO DONATE TO JUSTICE'S CARE:https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/15718LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/dog-s-neck-snout-paws-bound-with-electrical-tape-in-windsor-ont-1.3371456http://windsor.ctvnews.ca/dog-discovered-bound-with-electrical-tape-humane-society-investigates-1.2705855http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/tiny-dog-bound-by-electrical-tape-and-left-to-die-behind-windsor-shopping-centrehttp://windsorite.ca/2015/12/small-dog-tortured-bound-and-left-to-die-behind-walker-road-store/http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/suspect-arrested-in-dog-abuse-casehttp://windsor.ctvnews.ca/amherstburg-man-arrested-in-dog-abuse-case-1.2707127https://blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2015/12/19/amherstburg-man-arrested-for-torturing-dog/http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/man-charged-with-animal-cruelty-after-dog-found-with-muzzle-taped-shut-1.2707344https://blackburnnews.com/london/london-news/2015/12/19/amherstburg-man-arrested-for-torturing-dog/
Maximum penalty, including lifetime ban on owning animals, for Karin and Catherine Adams
Karin and Catherine Adams have been charged with failing to comply with conditions of an undertaking, cruelty to animals, wilful neglect of animals and possession of stolen property in a case in Alberta in which 11 horses, 25 dogs and 17 birds were found to be in distress on a rural property near Cereal, Alberta. This case follows on the heels of animal cruelty charges the pair face in British Columbia. In February 2015, the mother and daughter were also charged with animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code of Canada and the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. They have yet to go to trial on those charges. In that case, it is alleged that 18 horses, 18 dogs, 15 birds, two cats and 104 fish were found in varying levels of distress on a rural property in Houston, BC.THE PETITION:We, the undersigned, respectfully request that Crown Prosecutors in British Columbia and Alberta proceed with any federal animal cruelty charges as indictable offences and recommend the maximum penalty, including a lifetime ban on owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird. We also respectfully request that, if one or both of the Adams' are found guilty, the Honourable Judges in either or both provinces impose the maximum penalty available under the law.LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE TWO ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES:Alberta case:http://www.interior-news.com/breaking_news/325799541.htmlhttp://globalnews.ca/news/2207498/mom-and-daughter-in-b-c-animal-abuse-case-face-more-charges-in-alberta/British Columbia case:http://globalnews.ca/news/1851306/b-c-mom-and-daughter-charged-with-cruelty-to-over-100-animals/http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Karin-Adams-Nee-Barthel/Quesnel-British-Columbia-V2J-6H5/Karin-Adams-Nee-Barthel-Casey-Adams-Karin-Barthel-Did-you-buy-a-sick-puppy-Karin-Adam-267018FOR UPDATES ON THE PETITION:https://www.facebook.com/CaptainsLegacy.EndingAnimalAbuse/
Recommend or lay animal neglect and/or cruelty charges against the person(s) responsible for the neglect, cruelty, and/or subsequent death of the dog, Becky.
THE PETITION: (Français suit) We the undersigned respectfully request that the SPCA Montérégie, SPCA Montréal, Quebec Ministries of Public Security AND Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and any other pertinent decision-makers, recommend or lay animal neglect and/or cruelty charges against the person(s) responsible for the neglect, cruelty, and/or subsequent death of the dog, Becky. Nous, soussignés, demandons respectueusement que la SPCA Montérégie , SPCA de Montréal , les ministères de la Sécurité publique ET de l'agriculture , de la pêche et de l'Alimentation du Québec , et tous les autres décideurs pertinents , recommandent ou négligence et / ou de cruauté animale des accusations contre la personne (s ) responsable pour la négligence, de cruauté , et / ou la mort subséquente du chien, Becky . BECKY’S STORY: (Français suit) Becky was a dog who, according to the SPCA Montérégie, was found on February 24 after they were called to investigate a complaint in Ste. Sabine, Quebec. According to the SPCA Montérégie, Becky was found dead, probably only hours from being rescued, “on the coldest morning of the year.” They add that Becky had lived for 14 YEARS with a big chain around her neck, tied to a broken down doghouse with no protection from the elements. Becky’s story is tragic enough in itself, but it gets worse. The SPCA Montérégie states that: “Unfortunately our laws are very weak. There is little to no protection for our animals. Becky's owners did not break any laws. They provided shelter (a doghouse), food and water for her. That’s all the law requires for our animals. But please do not let this deter you from reporting acts of cruelty and neglect.” I hope (and believe) that animal cruelty laws in Canada are not so weak as to prevent animal cruelty and neglect legislation from being enforced in a case like Becky’s that seems to be so clearly cut and dried. Provincial legislation in Quebec requires that “the owner or custodian of an animal shall ensure that the safety and welfare of the animal are not jeopardized,” that animals must be kept in premises that are “suitable to the animal’s biological requirements,” and that the animal is not “subject to abuse or ill-treatment that may affect its health.” Federal Criminal Code legislation prohibits animal neglect and cruelty. Surely there must be something in one or both of these pieces of legislation that would enable someone to charge the person(s) responsible for what was done to Becky. SPCA Montérégie investigators know where Becky resided and likely who should be held responsible. Thus, we call on the SPCA Montérégie, SPCA Montréal, Quebec Ministries of Public Security AND Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and any other pertinent decision-makers, to recommend or lay animal neglect and/or cruelty charges against the person(s) who were responsible for providing care for Becky. The SPCA Montérégie has asked us to “Please speak out for those who can't speak for themselves. Do it for Becky.” So, please, for Becky, sign the petition and share it with your friends. Becky deserves justice. Rest in peace, sweet girl. You are now free and unchained. <3 <3 Français Becky était un chien qui, selon la SPCA Montérégie, a été trouvé le 24 Février après qu'ils ont été appelés à enquêter sur une plainte à Saint-Sabine, Québec. Selon la SPCA Montérégie, Becky a été retrouvé mort quelques heures seulement, sans doute d'être sauvé, "le matin le plus froid de l'année.» Ils ajoutent que Becky avait vécu pendant 14 ans avec une grande chaîne autour de son cou, attaché à un ventilées Doghouse sans protection. L'histoire de Becky est assez tragique en soi, mais elle se aggrave. La SPCA Montérégie stipule que: "Malheureusement, nos lois sont très faibles. Il ya peu ou pas de protection pour nos animaux. Les propriétaires de Becky ne ont pas brisé les lois. Ils ont fourni un abri (une niche), de la nourriture et de l'eau pour elle. Ce est tout ce que la loi exige pour nos animaux. Mais se il vous plaît ne vous laissez pas dissuader de dénoncer les actes de cruauté et de négligence ". Je espère (et je crois) nos lois sur la cruauté envers les animaux au Canada ne sont pas assez faible pour prévenir la cruauté envers les animaux et la législation de la négligence d'être imposée dans un cas comme Becky qui semble être si clairement coupé et séché. La législation provinciale au Québec exige que «le propriétaire ou le gardien d'un animal doit se assurer que la sécurité et le bien-être de l'animal ne sont pas compromis," que les animaux doivent être conservés dans des locaux qui sont «adaptés aux besoins biologiques des animaux," et que la animal ne est pas "l'objet d'abus ou de mauvais traitements qui peuvent affecter sa santé." législation Code pénal fédéral interdit la négligence et la cruauté animale. Il doit sûrement y avoir quelque chose dans l'une ou l'autre de ces textes de loi qui permettraient à quelqu'un de inculper la personne (s) responsable des soins de Becky. SPCA Montérégie enquêteurs savent où Becky résidé et qui devrait vraisemblablement être tenu responsable . Ainsi , nous demandons à la SPCA Montérégie , SPCA de Montréal , les ministères de la Sécurité publique ET de l'agriculture , de la pêche et de l'Alimentation du Québec, et tous les autres décideurs pertinents de recommander ou de ponte négligence et / ou de cruauté animale des accusations contre la personne (s) qui sont responsables de la prestation de soins pour Becky . La SPCA Montérégie nous a demandé de "Se il vous plaît parler pour ceux qui ne peuvent parler pour eux-mêmes. Faites-le pour Becky ". Donc, se il vous plaît, pour Becky, signer la pétition et la partager avec vos amis. Elle mérite la justice. Repose en paix, fille douce. Vous êtes maintenant libre et déchaîné. <3 <3 FACEBOOK PAGE FOR PETITION UPDATES: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=185600128238259 LINK TO THE POST FROM THE SPCA MONTEREGIE: https://www.facebook.com/SPCAMonteregie/photos/a.137454362936090.23587.136601199688073/1029943617020489/?type=1 LINK TO THE SONG “DOGS CRY” BY KIM NOWLAN, DEDICATED TODAY TO BECKY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_UwQNDW5fA&feature=youtu.be
Recommend and approve provincial and federal animal neglect and cruelty charges against April Dawn Irving and, if she is convicted, enforce the maximum penalty available, including a lifetime ban on owning animals under S. 447.1 of the Criminal Code.
April Dawn Irving has been the subject of the seizure of 319 dogs in 3 separate incidents in 2 different provinces over the past 8 years. In the most recent case, 201 dogs were seized from a farm near Milk River, Alberta in January, 2015. The dogs were suffering from numerous injuries and ailments, including “gaping wounds, broken bones and malnutrition.” As if this story wasn’t horrific enough, according to an article by Michael Platt of QMI Agency, in 2007 the Alberta SPCA seized 36 Huskies and Wolfhounds from a northern Alberta kennel run by Irving. In 2010, officers from the Saskatchewan SPCA seized 82 dogs from a property near the town of Leslie, Saskatchewan. In the 2010 case, Irving was charged and convicted under the Saskatchewan Animal Protection Act. She was found guilty of “non-criminal neglect” and fined $5,000, the highest penalty available at the time. She was also banned from owning more than two dogs at a time for a period of 10 years. Unfortunately, prohibitions on animal ownership instituted under provincial legislation are only enforceable in the province in which the prohibition was ordered. Thus, despite the fact that Ms. Irving was banned from owning animals for 10 years in Saskatchewan in 2010, she simply moved to Alberta and was LEGALLY able to own more than 2 dogs in that province. Had she been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada rather than provincial legislation, if convicted, Ms. Irving could have been prohibited from owning animals and that prohibition would have applied across Canada. This is a serious gap in Canada’s animal cruelty and neglect legislation which needs to be addressed. Unfortunately the best that can be done at this time to address situations like this is to charge someone under the federal Criminal Code animal cruelty legislation and, if convicted, order a prohibition under that legislation that can then be enforced across the country. Given April Irving’s previous history and conviction for animal neglect, we respectfully request that decision-makers charge her under the Alberta Animal Protection Act and the Criminal Code of Canada legislation and, if convicted, that they enforce the maximum penalty available, including a prohibition on owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird for the rest of her life in accordance with Section 447.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. PETITION FACEBOOK PAGE:https://www.facebook.com/CaptainsLegacy.EndingAnimalAbuse/ TO DONATE TO THE CARE OF THE DOGS: http://aarcs.ca/donate/ LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/straighttalk/archives/2015/01/20150128-194818.html http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/april-dawn-irving-accused-alberta-dog-hoarder-has-history-of-animal-neglect-1.2936432 http://www.winnipegsun.com/2015/01/28/200-badly-neglected-dogs-seized-from-rural-alberta-property http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/april-irving-suspect-in-alberta-dog-neglect-case-1.2936615 http://ckom.com/story/accused-alta-dog-seizure-previously-convicted-sask/527965 http://globalnews.ca/news/91847/court-allows-siezed-dogs-to-be-adopted/ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-dog-breeder-slams-spca-after-seizure-1.964523
Spare the lives of the dogs once owned by Mr. John Buehler, now deceased, and give them every opportunity to be re-homed.
PETITIONING THE RCMP, BC CROWN COUNSEL, HONOURABLE JUDGE, THE CORPORATION OF THE VILLAGE OF VALEMOUNT, BC, THE BC SPCA, AND ANY OTHER PERTINENT DECISION-MAKERS:Please allow Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue to continue with their care and rehabilitation of four of the five German Shepherd Dogs (Max, Zeus, Rango, Nova and Timber) seized from Mr. John Robert Buehler. Please also ensure that the dogs are provided with whatever (re)training is necessary and do whatever else is required to have them re-homed, either with or without the continued involvement of Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue. Thank you for sparing the lives of these dogs to date and please continue to give them every opportunity to be re-homed. BACKGROUND: On June 19, 2014, police were involved in a standoff with a man alleged to be Mr. John Robert Buehler. According to a news release, the man allegedly “set up camp at a local outdoor recreation area and was restricting access to the trails by having six unrestrained German Shepherd dogs on the property. When approached by a user of the trails requesting to have the dogs restrained, the male threatened to harm her by using the dogs. Members of the Valemount and McBride RCMP attended the location to arrest the male for uttering threats when they were subsequently rushed by the six unrestrained dogs. The male then used the dogs as a shield to prevent the police from making an arrest resulting in a four hour standoff with police. The male was taken into custody without incident after lengthy negotiations. The dogs along with several loaded firearms and ammunition were subsequently seized as part of the police investigation.” (see http://www.caboodle.ca/provincial-news/433-valemount-standoff). On September 17, however, the man involved in this standoff was shot and killed by the RCMP in relation to another incident. Thus, the dogs will not be returning to their owner, but it would be unfair to hold the dogs accountable for the actions of their now deceased owner. A court case is scheduled to take place in January and it is possible that an order could still be made to have the dogs destroyed as a result of being deemed dangerous. Five of the dogs were taken into care by Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue (PGEAR). One of the dogs, Nova, has since been released to live with a relative of Mr. Buehler. The sixth dog, named Seven, remains at large in the bush. Nicola Redpath of PGEAR indicates the dogs in their care have been assessed by a professional who deems the dogs capable of being re-homed. We respectfully request that all decision-makers in this case please continue to spare the lives of these dogs and give them every opportunity to be re-homed. LINK TO FACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForCaptainPetition LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES:http://www.caboodle.ca/provincial-news/433-valemount-standoff http://www.leaderpost.com/news/metro/shot+police+near+Valemount+used+dogs+restrict+trail+access+RCMP/10219805/story.html http://www.therockymountaingoat.com/2014/10/legacy-of-an-outlaw/ http://www.therockymountaingoat.com/2014/09/kinbasket-squatter-killed-in-shoot-out-with-police/ http://www.therockymountaingoat.com/2014/10/shoot-out-dogs-need-foster-homes-beuhlers-daughter-recovering-from-multiple-gunshot-wounds/ http://www.therockymountaingoat.com/2014/11/a-shoot-out-a-cat-and-a-community/
Proceed by indictment and recommend the maximum penalty, IF convicted, for those accused of attacking their family dog, Bryn
According to the BC SPCA, Bryn is a shy but affectionate 6- or 7-year-old pit bull cross who came into their care in early April 2014 suffering from severe injuries that appeared to be caused by blunt force trauma. According to BC SPCA Constable Erika Paul, “when she came into our care Bryn had extensive injuries to her head, torso, legs and teeth. Her skin was split open on the top of her head and she had bruising around the right side of that injury, as well as a swelling and broken front leg, lacerations under her left armpit and abrasions on her front right leg. Bryn also had significant bruising to the right side of her torso, a broken canine tooth and was experiencing neurological deficits that impacted her back legs, making it hard for her to stand or move around.” The SPCA also reports that medical care was not sought for Bryn until they became aware of her injuries, at which time “the SPCA immediately rushed Bryn for emergency treatment and launched a formal investigation into the beating.” Joseph White and Elizabeth Johnston have both been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with failing to provide the necessaries of life for an animal, and Joseph White has also been charged with causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to an animal. They are presumed innocent until proven guilty. THE PETITION:We the undersigned respectfully request that Crown Counsel proceed by way of indictment in this case and that, if Joseph White and/or Elizabeth Johnston are found guilty of one or more of the charges of animal cruelty in relation to Bryn, Crown Counsel recommend to the Honourable sentencing Judge the maximum sentence available under the law. In addition, if convicted, we request that in accordance with Section 447.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, the court “make an order prohibiting the accused from owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird” for the rest of his and/or her lifetime and that the court order the person(s) to pay to the SPCA the amount expended on Bryn’s rehabilitation. Please sign and share this petition to Crown Counsel and the honourable sentencing judge asking for justice for Bryn. NOTE: The National Link Coalition states that animal cruelty is a crime that is a red-flag indicator of the potential for the animal abuser to be participating in other criminality, including violence toward humans, either simultaneously or in the future. It is thus imperative that the criminal justice system deals with the crime of animal cruelty appropriately, to ensure the safety of both animals and humans. FOR UPDATES ABOUT THE PETITION: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForCaptainPetition LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES ABOUT BRYN: http://www.spca.bc.ca/news-and-events/news/news-bryn-victoria.html http://www.spca.bc.ca/news-and-events/news/news-charges-bryn-victoria.html#.U49T8PldVik http://globalnews.ca/news/1373969/animal-cruelty-charges-laid-against-colwood-couple-following-brutal-dog-attack/FURTHER ANIMAL CRUELTY-RELATED PETITIONS TO SIGN AND SHARE:CALGARY DOG AND CAT: http://goo.gl/qVrrAZCHARLIE: http://goo.gl/VDzVqVEDDIE: http://goo.gl/0JuUo7EDMONTON CAT: http://goo.gl/LdFiYMMOLLY: http://goo.gl/VcnDcONERO: http://goo.gl/45RbTSPEARL: http://goo.gl/zyb744PIP THE CAT: http://goo.gl/A0R2LyRYKER & PHYLO: http://goo.gl/9Z8qYn Photo credit: BC SPCA