I'm getting a lot of heat for the things I've said in relation to the NS SPCA's handling of the dead dog in Preston - that maybe they are doing the right things in the right order - and that maybe they are also doing the right thing when it comes to chained dogs across the province. I shouldn't be second guessing them. They are the professionals after all.
So let's look at what the Animal Protection Act.
That's the legislation they are supposed to be following.
Distress is mentioned no less than 26 times in that Act. And the first time it's mentioned is in section 2 where it says -
(2) An animal is in distress, for the purpose of this Act, where the animal is
(a) in need of adequate care, food, water or shelter or in need of reasonable protection from injurious heat or cold; or
(b) injured, sick, in pain, or suffering undue hardship, privation or neglect.
That sounds pretty straight forward, don't you think?
So if a dog is freezing to death, about to expire from heat, injured, sick, in pain, suffering undue hardship - privation - or neglect - the NS SPCA should be able to do something about it.
That should go ABOVE just things like having water, food, and shelter don't you think?
Anyone with half a brain would believe that.
It's my belief - and why I'm personally so angry - is that the NS SPCA is INTERPRETING the Act in a way that they want to interpret it - so that they don't have to do anything - so that they can say that if an animal has food, water and shelter - they can't do anything. Not because the ACT says so.
That is my belief.
I don't know if I'm correct - and these are my own beliefs - these are not the beliefs of my rescue - "no chains all love" - these are my own beliefs.
The NS SPCA has said they will only pursue a case if they have a 100% chance of conviction - so what does that mean? That means that they pursue almost no cases. That means they leave a lot of animals behind. And that is wrong - simply because they say they don't have the money to pursue cases that they won't win.
In 2012 the NS SPCA only pursued FIVE cases of cruelty - and received their 100% conviction rate - but they received 18,000 calls regarding cruelty!!!! That is quite a disparity!
Who's fault is that? It's not the animal that's left behind, that's for sure.
Am I angry? You bet I am.
Are people angry with me for saying this? You bet they are. And there will be even more people angry with me for writing this post.
Go read the Animal Protection Act and see if you think that the NS SPCA are enforcing it. They are the only organization currently empowered in Nova Scotia to do so.
Then go read the NS SPCA's Standards of Care - written by them specifically - why would they write such a thing that they can't enforce one little bit of? It's entirely baffling. And their "Doghouse Location and Care requirements" - why do they walk away from such horrific situations when they've written such a document. I do not understand it.