An­i­mal pro­tec­tion ap­pears to have failed

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

I was sick at heart when I saw the pic­ture in the Cape Bre­ton Post show­ing the poor dog that had died out­side in the cold, ap­par­ently of ne­glect ( SPCA In­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter Dead Dog Found Out­side, Feb. 5).

And then, af­ter read­ing about the ef­forts a neigh­bour had made to help the an­i­mal, I felt noth­ing but anger that the dog still had to die be­cause an agency that is sup­posed to pro­tect an­i­mals from abuse ap­par­ently didn’t do its job.

The SPCA said it de­pends on the pub­lic to re­port pos­si­ble an­i­mal abuse. So why didn’t it re­move the an­i­mal from the sit­u­a­tion when it re­ceived re­ports about this dog?

The SPCA says it did in­ves­ti­gate in De­cem­ber and there were no con­cerns. I think it should have been a big con­cern in De­cem­ber 2009 to find the an­i­mal still there since the SPCA had in­ves­ti­gated in 2007 and the owner had promised to re­move the dog.

Two years later the dog was still ap­par­ently re­ceiv­ing such bad treat­ment that re­ports were be­ing made. How can the SPCA think it did the right thing?

How can that or­ga­ni­za­tion call it­self the So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals? As far as I can see from this story, it did noth­ing to pre­vent the death of a help­less an­i­mal, man’s best friend (and look at how “man” treated it). Rose Courage Syd­ney

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