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This petition has been created with the assistance and support of a small team of reporters, animal rights lawyers, activists and concerned citizens. It is a response to the lack of civil service and animal protection demonstrated during an incident on Campbell Avenue in April of 2019 wherein a beagle less than a year of age, whom had been reported by residents of that neighborhood as having been neglected, was struck and killed by a motorist. In the months leading up to this incident the dog's owner was reported to the city of St. John's as having been in violation of the following laws;
Failure to provide adequate care for a teathered animal. The dog was left tied on in the garden for several hours during harsh winter weather on multiple occasions.
Failure to keep an animal properly teathered. The dog was allowed to roam off leash under no supervision.
Failure to properly dispose of a deceased animal. The dog was thrown in a garbage dumpster following the incident.
The lack of response to these reports lead to the unnecessary death of this animal.
Upon the animals death the city of St. John's refused to come and clean up the large amount of blood and biohazardous waste left behind after the dog was struck. Instead we were told that "It will rain soon" which did not occur for three days. It was left to a resident to clean the mess. This was understandably traumatizing.
45. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may make regulations
(a) for the control, protection and security of a breed, class or species of animal running at large or otherwise;
18. (1) A person shall not cause an animal to be in distress.
(2) An owner of an animal shall not permit the animal to be in distress.
9. (1) An inspector may at a reasonable time and where the inspector reasonably believes it is necessary to determine whether an animal is in distress,
(a) enter onto land on which a dwelling house is located;
(b) request a person in the dwelling house to produce the animal for inspection; and
(c) where the animal is produced, view the animal or conduct an examination of the animal as may be required to determine whether or not it is in distress.
(2) An inspector may at a reasonable time and where the inspector reasonably believes it is necessary to determine whether an animal is in distress, enter onto land to view the animal or conduct an examination of the animal as may be required to determine whether or not it is in distress.
13. (1) An owner of a dog shall comply with the basic standards for dog care that are prescribed in Schedule B.
30. A dog that is tethered, unsupervised, outside shall be
(a) tethered in a location that does not pose a high risk of injury or other distress to the tethered dog; and
(b) tethered in an environment that is free of debris and does not cause harm or undue strain or stress on the tethered dog.
31. The area in which a dog is tethered, unsupervised, outside shall be cleaned and have excreta removed from it on a daily basis.
32. The restraining device used to tether a dog that is tethered, unsupervised, outside
(a) shall be at least 5 times the length of the dog;
(b) shall allow the dog to move in a manner that is safe and unrestricted excepted by its length; and
(c) shall not weigh more than 10 per cent of the dog's body weight.
33. A dog that is tethered, unsupervised, outside shall be provided
(a) daily social interaction with people or animals or both;
(b) toys and other enrichments that are appropriate for the dog's well-being; and
(c) daily access to exercise that is adequate and appropriate for that dog and that is unfettered from a fixed area.
34. A dog that is young, aged or infirm shall not be tethered, unsupervised, outside for an extended period of time.
76. (1) A person who contravenes this Act or the regulations or an order, licence or permit made under this Act or the regulations is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 and, in default of payment, to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 6 months, or to both a fine and imprisonment.
We hereby request the following actions be taken.
This petition is calling for changes in legislation and law regarding animal welfare and the ability and responsibility of Humane Services and the SPCA to respond to any reports of animal abuse/neglect.
This petition is calling for an immediate response for any and all reports such as this, as well as the ability to intervene should a case be identified and confirmed.
This petition is calling for the assistance of the RNC in executing these interventions, with no exception. This is for the saftey of our animal rights workers and the animals they work with.
If it is deemed the responsibility of the RNC to respond to these reports this petition calls for reports to be taken seriously and investigated with no exception. If they are unwilling or incapable of carrying out this responsibility this petition calls for the responsibility to be passed on to a willing and capable party.
This petition calls for mandatory charges to be laid upon confirmation of any reported neglect or abuse cases with no exception.
This petition is calling for the imediate response and clean up of any biohazardous agent, including deceased wildlife and domesticated pets, to be carried out by the city of St.John's upon receiving a report, with no exception. Biohazardous waste removal is in no way to be left to the citizens of St. John's. This is for the health and safety of our citizens and animals.
This petition calls for an apology to be issued by the city of St. John's to the residents of Campbell Avenue.
Our domesticated animals are our responsibility. They must be cared for and treated with respect. Upon domestication we grant them citizenship into our society and they must be afforded the same rights and protection as any member of a society. These changes will ensure that animals in Newfoundland are properly cared for and violators of these rights are dealt with in a court of law.
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