Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Call to action for Buddy

His name was Buddy. He was a husky mix and today he is dead. He had a large cancerous tumour on his belly that the vet who saw him figured was inoperable, and he bit several people who were trying to help him - so he was euthanized last night - a couple hours after he was rescued.

He had been chained out his whole life - this picture was taken of him yesterday - he had become so withdrawn that when a kind person came to visit him he wouldn't even come out of his dog house.

He lived his life completely alone. His owner had moved away from the house he was living in - moved in with his daughter - so he didn't have anyone living with him at all - no one feeding him or giving him water - kind strangers did that. One man came everyday and fed him for 7 years, no matter what the weather. His owners never did that for him.

The RCMP were called and would come to visit - even yesterday they came - and they could do nothing because Buddy had food, water and shelter. Even though no one was living at the residence, even though underneath his husky fur he was thin - even though his nails were overgrown, even though yesterday he bit the RCMP officer - they could not seize Buddy.

And last night Buddy died.

He never experienced what it was like to live inside, to have a dog bed, to eat in a kitchen, to lay on a couch, to hear a kind word, to be inside from the weather.

To have someone care enough to check to see whether he's sick or in pain.

This is a dog in Nova Scotia, Canada under our current legislation.

This dog lived in Jamie Baillie's riding and he has said "we need to work on changes to end cruel tethering"

We need to start holding our legislators to what they say.

To contact Mr. Baillie - go to


  1. Anonymous9:48 AM

    I think the owner should be charged. Perhaps even chained up to see how he likes it

  2. Anonymous10:31 AM

    All of this is unacceptable - it's in New Brunswick too and we need our laws changed IMMEDIATELY .. not 10 years from now ... but TODAY!
    I'm so upset over this and all the others that are living a life in Hell on a chain.

  3. Anonymous11:20 AM

    Well we have a case similar to this right now in tied 24/7....husky Border collie but took more to Border Collie....thin hair, could gain a few pounds, neighbours care for him while owners goes away for work.....gone for 10 days at a time.....ex-husband goes to check on him once a day if he's lucky....NBSPCA has been called numerous times and have come to check but has no grounds to take him out of this situation where he is in this cold, loneliness, neglect...etc

    1. Anonymous2:28 PM

      Why didn't the ex take the dog out of there? Yes, might be a fight about it but so what?

  4. Anonymous11:39 AM


  5. Anonymous1:05 PM

    OMG!..I would have taken him, If only I knew!

  6. Anonymous2:58 PM

    I think we should put the owner on a leash and leave him outside with no food or water....and see how much he cries. People like this don't deserve jail, they deserve death.

    1. Anonymous2:30 PM

      I understand from the article that he had to live with his daughter, which I assume means he was unable to look after himself. So, why didn't the daughter do some thing about the dog?

  7. Anonymous12:21 PM

    Was the tumor causing him distress? Why was he euthanized?? Could he not have lived with the Tumor? I hear all kinds of comments about saving the dog..but euthanized ? really?

  8. This is very, very sad and unbelievable that it could go on for seven years. Thank-you Joan for exposing this and bearing witness, as painful as it must have been for you and those involved. I promise to write Jamie Bailey & my MLA, but what else can I do? Can I donate to your cause, how can I help? I admire you Joan for always standing out and standing up for what you believe in.

    By the what's with all the "anonymous" posts????