Saturday, March 5, 2011
I agree with YOU, Zonda
Tonight on W5 they did a story about animal hoarders and included the case of Celtic Pets - a "rescue" here in Nova Scotia that was headed by a woman named Zonda MacIsaac who actually was keeping many, many cats in an unheated sewer-backed up basement, and dogs in feces and urine filled cages for years at a time because she believed that if she didn't keep them there the Cape Breton SPCA would kill them - but really, she just wanted to keep them - for what reason we'll never know.
She kept at least one dog, Zeus - in a cage for several years in a cage at her "rescue" - after having lied to several people that he'd been adopted out. Many people had volunteered to help her many times - and she always refused help.
Her mother Alice - was just as bad as her - even worse, because she was an SPCA Special Constable - and she wasn't even mentioned in the W5 news piece.
In the W5 piece tonight Zonda said she was NOT a hoarder - and I agree with her - she wasn't a hoarder - she was just a dirty, low-life animal abuser.
An animal hoarder is someone who feels choiceless in what they're doing - they have a biological disease with an OCD component that they need to get help for - Zonda MacIsaac knew exactly what she was doing - she chose to leave those dogs and cats in the building that she had bought on West Bay Road for days at a time without food and water so that her neighbours were left to be tortured by the barking and barking and barking day and night - knowing that no one was there to take care of them - knowing that the animals didn't have food or water or care.
The W5 piece was way TOO KIND to include Zonda MacIsaac in their story - she should never have even been included in a story on animal hoarders. And to have her be in the last part of the story - with the animals that she was given back after she was found guilty of animal cruelty - given back dogs by the justice system in Nova Scotia today - to be found guilty of animal cruelty on the scale that she was seen to have committed - and then given dogs back to actually live with her - really shows where we are in Canada today in regards to rights for companion animals.
If I can say anything - it is to say a prayer tonight for those dogs you saw at the end of the W5 story who live today with Zonda MacIsaac - one of the worst animal abusers Canada has today - would you want to be a dog living in her house?
And the justics system in Nova Scotia gladly gave them back to her - AFTER having found her guilty of animal cruelty.
You can watch the episode at http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/MSNHome/20110304/w5-animal-hoarders-110305/
Now THAT'S a story I would like to see W5 actually cover.