Vigil Wednesday evening

A vigil is planned to remember Captain, the German shepherd found badly beaten in a Kitsilano Dumpster last week.

The two-year-old dog was discovered last Wednesday in critical condition inside the trash container in the 1400-block of Maple.

The dog was rushed to a vet and, after extensive treatment, died a short time later.

The SPCA continues to investigate and the owner faces possible animal cruelty charges.

Cruelty to animal charges carry a maximum five-year prison term, a lifetime ban on owning animals and a $75,000 fine.

The former owner of Captain made claims that the dog was deaf.

Captain was a dog trained for the dog service with the RCMP, but had been deemed too friendly and did not end up as a service dog.

The vigil for Captain is set for Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at 1499 Arbutus, by the tennis courts at Kits Beach.

Leanne Cook is one of the organizers of the vigil. She said animal lovers were horrified when they heard the details surrounding Captain’s death.

“We are seeking justice for Captain,” she said. “It is sickening that somebody could do that to an animal.”

Cook and others have gone to the dumpster on Maple Street to put down flowers and candles to honour Captain. And when it comes to animal abuse, Cook maintains tougher laws are needed. “The law needs to be stronger for animal abuse,” she said.

Area residents have come forward and given statements. But SPCA investigators have yet to talk to the man believed to have been Captain’s owner.

Captain was severely dehydrated and badly beaten when found. The dog went into cardiac arrest and never recovered.

 

Dog found in dumpster died Thursday evening

German Shepherd found in a dumpster died Wednesday night
 Photograph by: Handout, Vancouver Sun 
VANCOUVER — The two-year-old German Shepherd left for dead in a dumpster Wednesday died of a heart attack this evening around 6 p.m.

 B.C. SPCA staff gave the dog CPR for more than 30 minutes, but couldn’t revive the canine. “We did everything in our power to save him, but his injuries were just too serious,” said Marcie Moriarty, manager of cruelty investigations, in an SPCA media release.

The dog was suffering from serious cuts and bruises and was likely quadriplegic by the time it was rescued from a dumpster in Kitsilano on the 1400 block of Maple Street Wednesday.

“The dog has been in critical condition since we rescued him but we were hoping for a miracle that just didn’t come,” Moriarty said.

 The SPCA will now try to collect forensic evidence relating to the dog’s injuries and continue investigating who did this. The organization said in the release that it does know the identity of the dog’s owner.

“We can’t rule out the possibility he was hit by a car, but evidence is suggesting it was caused by a person. He didn’t jump into the dumpster himself,” Moriarty said.

He was underweight and wrapped in a bloody blanket covering his bruises and lacerations. A vet exam showed the dog has spinal cord damage and air around his lungs and was not likely to recover.

The SPCA with Vancouver Police have identified the animal’s owner but have not made contact yet, Moriarty said. He has had more than one owner, according to information stored on the dog’s microchip.

 The canine was once a police dog candidate but deemed too friendly, the SPCA said Thursday.

Under the Criminal Code, the maximum penalty for animal cruelty causing death is up to five years in jail and a lifetime ban on owning pets. A fine can also be imposed of up to $10,000.00

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and the offers of help we have received for this poor dog and for the support we receive for the thousands of other animals who suffer abuse and violence,” says Moriarty. Moriarty said donations to the organization’s cruelty investigations department can be made through their website at spca.bc.ca or by calling 604-681-7271.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/German+Shepherd+found+Kitsilano+dumpster+dies/6960877/story.html#ixzz21B8nl37z

Bobby, Sophie and Jasmine are sad today

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Lennox Killed by Phrenologists on a Witch-hunt

Science and Dogs

“As children tremble and fear everything in the blind darkness, so we in the light sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in terror…” –  Lucretius, On the Nature of Things

Viennese physician Franz-Joseph Gall (1758-1828) believed that organs on the surface of the brain affected the shape and contours of the skull. From this idea he proposed that one could measure skulls to predict personality, intelligence and even morality. [1]

Nowadays most people are smart enough to dismiss someone trying sell the idea that the bumps on your skull were indicative of personality traits. But not when it comes to dogs. Governments all over the world have made passed laws discriminating against dogs, all based on the shape of the skull.

Phrenology is back in full force, we now call it Breed Specific Legislation.

On July 10, 2012 a…

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Whoo Hoo Wednesday

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Here comes another W.T.F. Wednesday where I can’t even make fun of someone.

Police Dog in Tucson Dies After Being Left in Hot Car – Tucson Arizona

The title alone is awful, another dog left alone in a hot car.

In Tucson no less!

The line under the title is worse, “Officer switched cars, forgot about his partner.”

Say it with me.

What the f*ck!

Apparently this police officer switched cars and left immediately for the scene of an accident, as he’s on his way to the scene he suddenly remembers his partner.

Gee, I’m thinking you go to get into the car and think, weapon – check, keys – check, cell phone – check, billy club – check, partner ?, um partner ?

If I worked for the Tucson police department and was assigned to partner with this guy, I’d think long and hard about resigning.

I’ve already said…

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The SPCA is hoping to save the two-year-old German Shepherd found abused, underweight, and near death in a Vancouver dumpster on Wednesday.
 

The SPCA is hoping to save the two-year-old German Shepherd found abused, underweight, and near death in a Vancouver dumpster on Wednesday.

Photograph by: Handout , SPCA

VANCOUVER — The two-year-old German Shepherd left for dead in a dumpster Wednesday was once a police dog candidate but deemed too friendly, the B.C. SPCA said Thursday.

Preliminary tests showed the dog will likely be a quadriplegic after what appears to be a vicious attack, said Marcie Moriarty, SPCA Manager of cruelty investigations.

“We can’t rule out the possibility he was hit by a car, but evidence is suggesting it was caused by a person. He didn’t jump into the dumpster himself,” Moriarty said.

The pup was found in a dumpster in Kitsilano on the 1400 block of Maple Street on Wednesday. He was underweight and wrapped in a bloody blanket covering his bruises and lacerations. A vet exam showed the dog has spinal cord damage and air around his lungs and is not likely to recover.

“We’re praying for a miracle, but his injuries are significant,” Moriarty said.

The SPCA with Vancouver Police have identified the animal’s owner but have not made contact yet, Moriarty said. He has had more than one owner, according to information stored on the dog’s microchip.

Under the Criminal Code, the maximum penalty for animal cruelty causing death is up to five years in jail and a lifetime ban on owning pets. A fine can also be imposed of up to $10,000.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/German+Shepherd+found+Kitsilano+dumpster+expected+recover/6960877/story.html#ixzz217n7CXPR

No to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)

Poor Lennox was euthanized after being found guilty of being the size of pit bull type dogs but had never bitten or been aggressive, what a travesty! We all must agree to realistic guidelines that will prevent this from happening ever again. The news article below is a step in the right direction, IMO!

By Jeremy Deutsch – Kamloops This Week
Published: February 23, 2011 6:00 PM Updated: February 23, 2011 6:23 PM
The Kamloops SPCA is wagging its tail in approval of tougher city bylaws concerning aggressive dogs. The local SPCA said it supports several new rules that will require aggressive dogs to wear electronic microchip identification and a restriction in leash length to two metres. “Any measures like that are good,” said Charleen Halloway, the Kamloops SPCA’s manager, adding the new rules should help in controlling an aggressive dog. “I think it’s great the city is looking at ways to keep the public safe, as well as the dog.” However, she said proper dog training and an owner’s understanding of what potentially triggers the aggression is another important part of the issue that still needs to be addressed. Included in the city’s new bylaw is a restriction to keep aggressive dogs from being in off-leash dog parks and a change in the way the city refers to problem dogs — to “aggressive” from “dangerous.” The city spent six months reviewing its dog responsibility and control bylaw, which was first adopted in 2004. Since the original bylaw was adopted, the city has deemed 17 dogs dangerous — a total of five in 2011 so far — but has never taken the steps to have one destroyed. The city deals with an average of 128 files per year relating to aggressive dogs. As for the SPCA, Halloway noted the shelter deals with very few aggressive-dog calls. Instead, she said many owners contact the organization seeking advice on how to deal with aggressive behaviour before an incident occurs. “People really don’t want those behaviours to continue in their dogs, so they’re seeking out advice on how to manage that,” she said. The number of dangerous dogs in the city represents fewer than one per cent of the 7,517 dogs registered in Kamloops.

Asphalt is HOT!

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Notice to the Pets

For those of you who have pets this is a true storey. For those of you that don’t; it’s still a true storey!

Dear Dogs and Cats:

The dishes on the floor with the paw prints are yours and contain your food.  The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate does not mean that is suddenly your food, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest. The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Racing me to the top of the stairs is not the object. Tripping me doesn’t help because I fall faster than you can run. I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It  is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space that you are taking up, is nothing but sarcasm. For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom! If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years – canine/feline supervision is not required. The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat’s butt. I cannot stress this enough. Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door

TO ALL NON-PET OWNERS WHO VISIT AND COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR PETS:

1) They live here … you don’t. 2) If you don’t want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.  That’s why they call it "fur"niture.  3) I love my pets a lot better than I like most people. 4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours who don’t speak clearly. Remember to some of us dogs and cats are better than kids because they eat less, don’t ask for money all the time, are easier to train, normally come when called, never ask to drive the car, don’t smoke or drink, don’t want to wear your clothes, and don’t need a gazillion dollars for college.

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CALGARY — A plan to ban Calgary pet stores from selling cats and dogs is headed to city council in the fall.

Advocates for the ban worry retail stores are buying animals from disreputable breeders and selling them to overly impulsive shoppers. As a result, pets may be abandoned and end up at overcrowded animal shelters.

However, a small business group is concerned it’s a knee-jerk reaction and says an outright ban on retail pet sales is unnecessary.

“It’s a slippery slope,” said Richard Truscott, director of provincial affairs in Alberta for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “Are they the going to ban the retail sale of birds and bunnies and gerbils?

“Where do we draw the line?”

Calgary’s bylaw boss said many retail chains have voluntarily stopped the sale of cats and dogs, but advocacy groups are pushing for legislation.

“You’re really setting a standard at this point,” Bill Bruce said.

Bruce added that companion pet bans in Toronto, B.C. and the United States have reduced the number of abandoned pets in those regions.

The plan is backed by animal advocacy group Actions Speak Louder Calgary.

Founder Jennifer Kaiser said the ASLC is concerned people are buying from “puppy mills” and“kitten factories.”

Kaiser applauded stores that have stopped the practice, but insists legislation is needed because some retailers have only quit for financial gain and could revert to selling cats and dogs.

“We’re going for a ban, so it’s blanket across the board and they can’t go back on it,” she said.

The group mailed more than 350 support letters to city aldermen and Mayor Naheed Nenshi following this year’s pet expo.

The mayor’s office confirmed a report is planned to come to council in the fall.

However, in an e-mail to the Herald, spokesman Daorcey Le Bray said the office “doesn’t have an official opinion, yet, but is looking forward to receiving the report.”

Last September, Petland stores teamed up with adoption agencies and began phasing out the sale of puppies and kittens.

Spokeswoman Agatha Slominski said there’s still a need to ethically source pets and warned that shoppers could turn to disreputable, online sellers more often as a result of any legislation banning the sale of pets in stores.

Buyers would have to do their homework, Slominski said.

“You won’t have that pet store to go to, (where) you know that the store and breeder have been inspected,” she said.