RAAW REFORM ADVOCATES FOR ANIMAL WELFARE
PROTECT ANIMALS FROM CRUEL VET
FEBRUARY 22, 2017 OSPCA HAS THE POWER TO STOP THIS MAN Staff at the Skyway Animal Hospital confirmed Wednesday February 22, 2017 that veterinarian Mahavir Singh Rekhi had returned to work after he was suspended by the Ontario College of Veterinarians In July 2016 Rekhi pleaded guilty to professional misconduct at a College of Veterinarians of Ontario hearing in July after four employees filed a complaint about the vet’s mistreatment of animals. Grahic video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMnUxOyLVdc The CVO suspended his license for 10 months, "reprimand issued", imposed a $10,000 fine for "PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT" without mention or reference to abuse or cruelty. Witnesses have come forward with video evidence of the cruelty this man imposed on some of the animals under his care. In December 2016 the Lincoln Country Humane Society released a statement saying they were conducting an investigation into claims of animal abuse by Mahavir Rekhi of the Skyway Animal Hospital. Nothing further has been reported. A follow up call to LCHS learned that the investigation is ongoing and will be presented to an OSPCA Review Board "eventually". (see press release below) There has been ample time for an investigation and we want Kevin Strooband of the Lincoln County Humane Society and the OSPCA to impose the strongest possible penalty on Rekhi immediately before he has the opportunity to hurt another animal. Rekhi should never be able to work with animals again. The maximum penalty under the OSPCA Act for cruelty to animals is a 2 year jail term, $60,000 fine and a life time ban from owning/treating animals. Do you job OSPCA. Take action immediately and file cruelty charges against Mahavir Rekhi. Since the CVO saw fit to allow this man to keep his veterinarian license, you must protect potential animal victims. We thank the wonderful people who had the courage to bring this story to the public and those who stand to protest this horrific situation. ADDITIONAL ACTION You can help warn people about this vet by posting a review: https://www.google.ca/search?q=Skyway+Animal+Hospital&oq=Skyway+Animal+Hospital&aqs=chrome..69i57.303j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> MEDIA RELEASE - St. Catharines, ON (December 7, 2016) – the Lincoln County Humane Society executed a warrant at the premises of 514 Welland Avenue, St. Catharines, also known as Skyway Animal Hospital today. The Criminal Code search warrant was executed as part of the investigative process undertaken by the Lincoln County Humane Society after allegations of animal abuse were brought forth against Dr. Mahavir Rekhi. E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: 905-682-0767 ext 508 W: www.lchs.ca
Release 21 Chatham Dogs to Temporary Sanctuary
These 21 dogs, seized from a local Tilbury dog fighting ring, have already suffered beyond comprehension. The dogs were seized almost a year ago and there have been 5 separate court delays which ultimately accomplished nothing. We have no idea how long this case may last. We ask the Ontario judiciary and decision makers involved in this case do not continue down this road of indifference Dogs are susceptible to a mental illness known as Kennelitis or "Kennel Crazy" when confined for long periods without physical and emotional enrichment. Shelters are unable to provide this necessary enrichment. A recent study on Canine Mental Health found: “Symptoms of this stress-induced canine compulsive behavior disorder can include spinning and jumping in the kennel, chewing incessantly, and jumping and pulling excessively if on a lead. Other more depression-like symptoms may include self-mutilation, lack of appetite and lethargy.” The next scheduled court date is on August 25, 2016 and we request that Motions be heard at that time to expedite this unconscionable never ending case. Each time a court date is rescheduled these dogs are subjected to further emotional and mental abuse. While the Criminal Code of Canada designates animals as property, those with a heart understand these are sentient beings. They are not cars that have been seized or a house which has defaulted on mortgage payments. They breathe, they feel, they suffer. Until such time a final decision has been made on the fate of these 21 dogs we ask they be released on a temporary basis to a place where they will not be further traumatized and punished. Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary in King City Ontario is a 52 acre utopia for rescued dogs and horses. They have the capacity, the resources and the willingness to take these dogs, under whatever reasonable restrictions the court may require, at no cost to OSPCA or the Province until their ultimate fate has been decided. Allowing the dogs to be temporarily housed at Dog Tales Rescue & Sanctuary will have no direct effect on the outcome of the case. The owners of the dogs have agreed to let Dog Tales house the 21 dogs. There is absolutely no justification for not allowing it. No purpose is served having them remain caged in a shelter. Every delay is additional punishment for these dogs. It is not just, it is not moral, it is not humane and it is not civilized. We need to see these dogs do not suffer any longer and can enjoy the waiting period until the case is settled in a place where they will not be further punished for the deeds of humans.
SAVE THE CHATHAM DOGS SEIZED BY OSPCA
In the matter of the dogs seized as the result of a criminal investigation involving the operation of a dog-fighting ring in a rural area of Chatham-Kent in October 2015, and the subsequent announcement that OSPCA is seeking court permission to kill the remaining 21 dogs, we request immediate action be taken by the Provincial Government to intervene in this decision and save these dogs. (referred to as the Chatham dogs) While it is understood that some or all of these dogs may be "pit bull" or "pit bull" types and may fall under Breed Specific Legislation in Ontario, we ask that you allow these dogs to be moved out of the Province of Ontario and their lives be saved. History has taught us that despite being in a dog fighting ring most of these animals can be rehabilitated with training by experienced dog handlers and animal behaviourists as was the case with the Michael Vick dog fighting ring in 2008. Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah took 22 traumatized, bruised and angry dogs from horrific surroundings and allowed them to heal. Many became adored family members in loving homes. Some went on to become service or therapy dogs. Only two were ordered by the court to remain at Best Friends for life. They have become known as the "Vicktory Dogs" RAAW along with many others are working to help save these dogs. They should be given the same opportunity to flourish the Vicktory dogs had. You cannot allow OSPCA to simply discard them like a piece of bad meat. There are rescues both in the U.S. and in Canada willing to work with these dogs to foster, assess and rescue them so they can live out a full life. We request you intervene and instruct the following: OSPCA give a public accounting of all dogs seized in the raid including those which are pregnant; OSPCA withdraw their plans to obtain approval from the courts to kill any of the remaining dogs; OSPCA actively work in conjunction with an unbiased third party, chosen and approved by a committee of interested stakeholders, to perform individual behavioral assessment on each dog; OSPCA actively work in conjunction with a committee of local ethical and recognized rescues to find rescuers experienced in rehabilitation and who will foster and rehome out of province if necessary; OSPCA actively protect the lives of these dogs while such assessments and inquiries are being carried out and confirm that no dog will be killed in the interim while final arrangements are being made. OSPCA can not be permitted to continually seize and kill animals with impunity