Pub­lic com­plaints of an­i­mal ne­glect got too lit­tle re­sult

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

I am re­spond­ing to Feb. 5 ar­ti­cle, SPCA In­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter Dead Dog Found Out­side. Some­thing is very wrong with an or­ga­ni­za­tion such as the Syd­ney SPCA, which pur­ports to stand for “the preven­tion of cru­elty to an­i­mals,” when the con­cerns of frus­trated cit­i­zens are ig­nored, not fol­lowed up, or re­sponded to with: “ There is noth­ing we can do!”

How many of us can at­test to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this non-action by the SPCA af­ter phon­ing in our con­cerns? I am guess­ing too many, my­self in­cluded on many oc­ca­sions.

How many times have we heard some­thing like this: “ There is a dog house, the an­i­mal has shel­ter; there­fore there is noth­ing we can do”?

If an an­i­mal is freez­ing to death, de­spite the pres­ence of a dog house, it is too cold for the an­i­mal to be out­side: pe­riod! How hard is it to no­tice that an an­i­mal is starv­ing to death? Or does the SPCA bother to get close enough to no­tice?

I think it is time that the SPCA was in­ves­ti­gated. Hire peo­ple who are gen­uinely con­cerned for the well-be­ing of an­i­mals and who are ac­tual an­i­mal lovers.

There also needs to be very spe­cific laws in place to pro­tect an­i­mals.

When is enough go­ing to be enough? Mar­garet Ann MacK­in­non South Bar

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