They come in all shapes and sizes, different colors, different breeds. They lick you and give you kisses when you are sad and are always happy to see you. They love to cuddle and they are always want to please you. They help those with disabilities, they comfort sick kids, they find drugs and bomb and even souls to lay to rest. The have helped to keep our boarders safe, have saved many peoples lives over and over again.
Yet……. in Nova Scotia…….. you can kick them, you can hit them with a belt, you can leave them in a car to over heat, you can steal them, you can sell them, you can abuse them, you can leave them outside on a 4 foot lead 365 days a year 24 hours a day in all weather conditions. You can do this in your yard or even a public parking lot and there can even be witnesses, you can do it in front of your children too and in Nova Scotia YOU may get a warning not to do it again…..maybe or….well…..nothing. Nothing will be done to you, you will not be charged, you will not lose your animals, you will no go before a judge.
In Nova Scotia if I tell someone “I will kick the hell out of you” I could be charged for “uttering threats” under the criminal code of Canada. If I threatening to kill your dog (just words) I can go to prison for up to 5 YEARS! But you can do whatever you want to your dog and in NOVA SCOTIA……that’s OK!
264.1. Uttering threats
264.1 (1) Every one commits an offense who, in any manner, knowingly utters, conveys or causes any person to receive a threat
(a) to cause death or bodily harm to any person;
(b) to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property; or
(c) to kill, poison or injure an animal or bird that is the property of any person.
(2) Every one who commits an offence under paragraph (1)(a) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months.
(3) Every one who commits an offence under paragraph (1)(b) or (c)
(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or
(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction
I personally witnessed a full grown man take off his thick black belt and beat one of his dogs repeatedly. I was in shock. I had extreme concern for the dogs so I phoned the police. I was hesitant to walk over and speak to the man myself as he had a weapon and if he could hit a defenseless dog what would he do to me. I waiting an hour for the police to arrive. The officer wasn’t too familiar with animal abuse laws; his words not mine. Despite the man admitting he hit his dog with a belt; he offered an explanation to the police that it was because she was chewing on lawn furniture. I was informed by police; despite my willingness to give a statement and testify in court. It was considered a “he said; she said” and no charges would be laid! I was very confused. I said he hit the dog with a belt, he admitted he hit the dog with a belt; the only thing in dispute is the why! In order for something to be a crime there needs to be “intent”.. Was this mans intent to hit his dog? Yes he intended to did hit the dog. Yet no charges.
Two, possibly 3 dogs in his possession; one on a short lead tied to a tree with no access to food and water. The more vicious one in a fenced pen filled with garbage, no food, no water. Our mail on this street has been suspended due to one of the dogs going after the postal worker. I have been recently told by neighbors they think there is a 3rd dog inside.
I have contacted the NS SPCA on May 16th and asked them to launch and investigation and they stated they would do so. I have contacted the media asking for assistance. This incident happened on May 11th and today on May 17th the dogs are still living in garbage with no access to food and water when they are outside and are still at serious risk of being abused every day.
Ironically the day before on May 10th/2013 a scuffle between MLA’s that happened in a bathroom at Province House. “Officers were initially called to Province House after a member accused Paris of assaulting him during a heated altercation in the men’s washroom.” Guess what MP Piercy Paris was CHARGED!! Is this not “he said he said”? How is this any different that what happened with the dog being beat with a belt? All the media reports such as the one here say this of the incident at Province House. Oh wait “I feel I was assaulted,” he said. “I’ve filed a police report, and I’d just like to leave it at that.” Keith Colwell had stated.
Well I feel a DOG was abused and I feel DOGS are still at risk of suffering from grievous bodily harm and/or death. Why won’t they take my police report? Hello! Tax payer here !!
I contacted Scott Armstrong our local MLA, but I have not received any sort of response 🙁
If you see an animal at risk and are compelled to intervene please be aware of your own personal safety. People who abuse animals WILL abuse people. Animals that are afraid or spooked or have been beaten or starved could be aggressive.
- If you witness something 6 times, report it 6 TIMES!
I understand fully how passionate those can be who believe in something for the better; however we must leave our emotions to the side a tad to be able to deal with the situation appropriately to promote change. More Violence does not prevent Violence. It breeds Rage !
If you see any animal that you think may be at risk please call:
NS SPCA 1-800-703-7722
Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477
If you want protection for our animals PLEASE take a moment out of your day and email or send a letter to your Local MLA!
I have been in contact with many people since this incident and it appears there is lots of interest in perhaps a protest to demand protection for our animals. This is not something I could do all on my own however I am more than willing to take part 🙂
I will be updating this post on any follow up, updates, etc on the situation. The Facebook Group People for Dogs is where I keep updated on Animal issues for Nova Scotia.
Feel free to comment or leave suggestions or concerns in the comment section.
~ Together we can be the Voice for those who cannot speak for themselves ~
~Say No to Animal Abuse ~