Guard dogs have needs too

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

I am in­fu­ri­ated at the death of the sup­posed watch­dog (SPCA In­ves­ti­gat­ing Af­ter Watch­dog Found Dead, Feb. 5).

I would like peo­ple to know that just be­cause an an­i­mal has a so­called dog­house, or min­i­mal shel­ter from the el­e­ments, does not guar­an­tee it can sur­vive.

I have on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions con­tacted the sup­posed ap­pro­pri- ate source to deal with sim­i­lar in­ci­dents only to find that the an­i­mal had suc­cumbed to the same fate as that poor, in­no­cent dog.

You know, it is time to treat in­hu­man crea­tures with harsher penal­ties. How some­one could treat an an­i­mal like this goes be­yond rea­son­ing. (Oh, but then again, some chil­dren are treated that way.)

In­di­vid­u­als who do this should not have ac­cess to an an­i­mal ever again. It’s ob­vi­ous they do not have the ca­pac­ity to look af­ter an an­i­mal ap­pro­pri­ately.

Dogs used for guard­ing prop­erty should have the same ac­cess to food, shel­ter and com­pan­ion­ship as a house­hold pet. Patsy Bis­son Syd­ney

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