Protection agency failed ‘gentle giant’
I was never so sickened as I was on Feb. 5 when I saw the picture of the dead dog on the front page. Imagine the suffering the poor, helpless dog must have endured tied up on the mountain top with not a person around for miles – in the freezing temperatures of winter with no escape from the cold but also in the middle of summer on the hottest days, not able to escape mosquitos and black flies.
This dog was chained to an old bus frame with a chain that an elephant could not escape. How do I know? I myself have contacted the SPCA three times on this matter only to be told that as long as the animal had food and water there was nothing the agency could or would do.
The only water I ever saw on that mountain (and I explained this to the SPCA) was in a two-litre Pepsi bottle with a cover on it in back of the old dog house. I was not aware that a dog could open a pop bottle and poor itself a drink. I’ve never seen the owner around the property.
I have had this dog around my children on several occasions when we went to the mountain to feed and check on him. He was a well behaved and loving animal, a gentle giant.
The Sept. 5 article, SPCA Investigating after Dead Dog Found Outside, says the SPCA had contacted the owner in 2007 and the owner agreed to remove the dog. It is obvious that the SPCA was not doing its job because the dog was still there in 2010 and complaints were still being made. I highly doubt the SPCA was even in the area in December.
It is in my opinion that the SPCA is just as much to blame for this animal’s death as the heartless, cowardly owner. I can only hope that the authorities will bring justice to this poor animal who suffered more than we will ever know.
I give many thanks to Joe Bona for bringing much needed attention to this. It raises the question: What is the purpose of the SPCA?