Monday, February 4, 2008
The aftermath of Celtic Pets
What can I say. What has happened down in Port Hastings Cape Breton is an animal hoarding tragedy of national proportions. My friend Zonda MacIsaac is a woman who has been ill for a long time and has been hiding her illness from the whole world - me included.
And it is so unfortunate that this illness affects other sentient beings in a real and horrible way. Animal hoarding is a horrible - I can't think of any of adequate adjective to describe what it could be like - for the animals, or for the human suffering the disease.
And to the person who thought that snapping little dog WASN'T her little dog Charlie? It actually WAS. It was her little dog Charlie - she had let her own dogs get into that condition and live in cages.
The photo at the top of this post is Zeus. He's a bulldog that's been living at Zonda's for way too long. I'd like to personally apologize to him. He's a former chained dog that I had no idea that Zonda had possession of. I've been going back through cached pages of Zonda's website and the first time he shows up is March 5, 2005. That is too long to be waiting for a home, Zeus. I wish I would've known about you.
Mental illness is something that can just sneak up on you. It can fool you into thinking that you're making all the right decisions. That's when the people around you are supposed to step in and say - you're acting crazy - go get some bloody help! Wasn't there ANYBODY down there who saw the conditions in her kennel and house? Who knew that dogs were trying to eat through their cages and that they'd been there for years? If I'd known that I would've had a completely different take on the whole thing and would've moved heaven and earth to get her the help she needed.
But to all the people who are currently villifying her and calling Zonda a monster - she is NOT a monster - she is a person who needs help. Please encourage her to go get that help - she does not need any hatred right now - she needs medical intervention. She has been in a hospital since the seizure of the animals, and I'm glad for that.
If you see her - help her. If you talk to her - help her. She needs it now more than ever.
The animals are all now safe - they are all going to be fine and go to safe homes and have happy lives for the rest of their lives. It's all over. We've all learned a lot - all of us have. We have all learned that serious animal hoarding can even happen here amongst the seeming most innocuest rescuer.
It can even happen to our friends and we have no idea that it's happening right under our nose.
Here are some links about animal hoarding for you to have a look at - it might give you some insight: