Thursday, January 10, 2013

Once The OSPCA Has Hold Of You It Refuses To Let Go

Just look at the abuse! This must be
death's door the dogs are nearing, according
to the OSPCA
This is the story of yet another OSPCA vendetta and as is often the case within the organization, it is based more on ego than any actual concern for the safety of animals.

On November 22, 2012 an anonymous complaint led OSPCA investigator Renee Baker to the door of Tina and Glen Chum of Kingston, Ontario. Baker examined all of the couple's pets and according to Tina Chum, stated the dogs seemed fine but were in need of receiving flea prevention. An order was written requiring this be done. The Chums made an appointment for December 3 and Tina called Baker to notify her that the dogs would be home after their appointment at 3:00 in the afternoon.

For some reason Baker arrived, accompanied by police officers, to the Chum residence at 12:20 pm. At this point Ms. Baker seized six puppies, their mother and father, and one more family dog from the Chum residence. The Chums are not breeders rather they experienced an unexpected litter. According to Tina, Baker informed her if they simply surrendered all the dogs they would not have to pay any fees. Tina Chum replied that she would not surrender her beloved pets to which Baker replied, "well then you better have a lot of money.....I'm sure you don't living in these places." Tina Chum also contends Renee Baker used extreme force to put some of the puppies and three adult dogs into the OSPCA truck.

What is very interesting about this case is that Renee Baker DID NOT seize the Chum's cat or two ferrets. Wait a minute. Wasn't Baker acting on behalf of the animals? Surely cats and ferrets can get fleas, why not remove them from such unsanitary conditions? The reason is simple. You see the OSPCA will only seize those animals that can provide them with maximum resale or boarding fees value. Tina Chum discovered this when informed that she could get her family pets back for over $4000.

The Chums are fighters. They took the case to the animal care review board. After examining the facts the board clearly sided with the Chums :

"Appellant’s female dog, together with her six puppies, are to be returned to Appellant upon payment to the OSPCA of $102.04" - I can only assume Baker was not pleased upon being informed that she had clearly overstepped her authority.

"Appellan ’s (sic) two male dogs are to be returned to her upon payment of $1,094.82" - Mostly Baker's time and mileage 

**The entire proceedings can be found here. In the document Tina is listed as "Stewart" though she currently uses her husband's name.

This week the Chums went and took back their beloved pets, and were even financially assisted by an anonymous donor who I assume has seen enough OSPCA abuses of power. First they picked up the mother and the puppies, and posted pictures to Facebook showing the happy reunion and the dogs being spoiled rotten with love and treats. At last a happy ending for one who takes on the OSPCA.  All's well that ends well, right?

WRONG

When the Chums went back to pay for and retrieve the two males, Baker just couldn't resist laying one more charge on the couple for animal abuse. ARE YOU KIDDING ME OSPCA? Your agent illegally seized animals. She is continuing to harass this couple. The review board decided against her, so Renee Baker feels it's time to sate her own ego, and it appears she will never back down. Renee Baker please let us know what will it take for you to leave this poor couple alone?

As this behaviour continues, you are not only making yourself look vindictive, you are placing further scrutiny on the organization employing you. Believe me that is the last thing the OSPCA needs right now. Perhaps Ms Baker you could take the time to explain why you, or another agent just like you, sat on your ass while Rita Mueller continued to broker animals a whole six months after she hanged a dog in a Toronto shelter? Keep up the good work OSPCA, and while you're at it try to figure out why your donations are in the crapper.

Update January 10

I have just again spoken with Tina. One of her dogs has come back from the OSPCA having lost much weight. Another now has kennel cough, and the third has an ear infection. Hmmmm....charges of abuse? With regard to the dog with the ear infection Tina has been informed by Renee Baker that she has until 7:00 this evening to go to the veterinarian of the OSPCA'S CHOOSING and fork out $100 for medication. If Tina does not comply she will be further charged with more abuse.

The OSPCA say Chum's six 5 1/2 week puppies were treated with flea medication but will not reveal what medication they used.

Update January 11

I just came across the following update posted by Tina on Facebook. Read for yourself and determine if the Chums are the type of people that the OSPCA should be targeting :

"I am the owner of these babies. To let everyone know I was arrested for obstruction due to this shit..... I go to court on thurs yuck! You know my babies are so worth everything to me no matter how much money I would have gotten it one way or another they are our babies. Chevy and the puppies are doing great running around and having fun ( I'm following with the broom and mop LOL) they are paper trained but we all know they still have accidents which is fine with us! I was told by Rene Baker The one who took them that Chevy the mom ended up with kennel cough but that seems strange considering she had her shot for that. YES we will be having another Christmas at our home just for the babies and they can open their presents! Thank you to everyone! Especially the sweet amazing angel who helped us get them home!!!


30 comments:

  1. Unfrigging believable. It is time all the citizens of Ontario stood up and picketed these bastards. Enough is enough. I certainly hope the couple is going back to the so-called Animal Review Board so they are aware of the retaliation that follows a positive order on the owner's side when these cases happen. Enough is enough.

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  2. What the hell is a diploma of veterinary medicine from St. Lawrence College. Excuse me but St. Lawrence frigging college does not certify veterinarians. Wtf. Also, it is unsafe to apply flea medications to a nursing dog.

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  3. It is well past time we did more than picket. One citizen harassed for tartar on her dog's teeth and this now - fleas? It has gone way too far.

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  4. And so it goes with business as usual with this gang of incompetents who both run and are employed by the OSPCA; how does one even begin to respond to the arrogance, sense of self-entitlement and just plain ignorance of these so-called inspectors and agents who are so poorly educated and trained to begin with!? and this is an organization that has been given POLICE POWERS without there being any mechanism for proper training and oversight! The OSPCA has long been a ROGUE organization with the only real expertise it can lay claim to being in FUNDRAISING and spreading its all too familiar brand of PROPAGANDA to the public...a public continually duped into believing that the OSPCA actually cares about the welfare of animals, in light of enormous evidence to the contrary; this is just one more incident that Jack MacLaren will be all too ready to take advantage of in calling for his particular brand of reforms of the OSPCA as it is all too familiar to many farm animal owners who have been unjustly subjected to false or unproven allegations of abuse or cruelty.

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  5. it happens it is happening to me . the ospca has come back yet again.. yesterday an again today twice.. only our bill is over 63.000. an climbing.. they took my dogs too claiming wieght issues an fleas.. an horses an some of my barn cats yet they left a cat an 29 horses.. we run a business an it is hard to do business with the ospca.. just when you think they are decent no ..boom.. hit below the belt yet again.. Soon Gord you can have this story to write about too.. this is harassment .Came up from my paddock where we were working to build the shelters.. that they say we need even tho omfra states natural is good.. agent keeps lieing ... guess i will have to start with the photos again everything i do.. picture.. when will this end.. it is about the money not the animals.. The cops in this town have the dention order on my animals not the ospca .. i appealed to the review board they tell me they cant hear anything on the removal because of the cops detention order... anyone out there can help me fight this.. please let me know..

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  6. Abuse of an individual's Charter Rights with unsubstantiated charges compounded by extortion tactics to bleed even more money from innocent victims...another day at the office for Ospca inspectors and agents!

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  7. The OSPCA has long operated in a mental and moral vacuum, divorced from any sense of reality or response to public calls for change; they are so used to self-entitlement, unfettered power and freedom from any oversight that they have no problem whatsoever in doing anything and everything possible to keep that status-quo intact: lies, deceiving the public, never-ending propaganda and fundraising , the laying of unjustified charges, the use of high-priced lawyers to defend inexcusable and illegal actions and a deplorable average KILL RATE for savable animals that is about 70% or higher in many jurisdictions...the list can go on but clearly they are and have been a failure,especially as a private charity whose mandate was always supposed to be the welfare and protection of animals...and they have failed the very public to whom they have fiduciary duties and obligations under the charitable Act , the very public forced to waste taxpayer dollars on this disgraceful lot of charlatans!

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  8. they can appeal the ruling but it probable would not matter.. that is just a joke too.. the board should be made up of farmers.. fleas on a dog.. abuse charge.. my gawd what is next mosquito on arm.. abuse charge..

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  9. the ospca is a joke!!! they came to my apt in the summer where i had 4 cats 1 dog and serveral cold blooded pets.. upon finding fleas she spazzed on me infront of my 6 yr old and the kids i babysit who were 1-9yrs old. threatened to take the dog and cats ect... my 6yr old called her a heartless pet killer. i was given a week to take all the fur babies to a vet as i was accused of starving and abusing the dog as shes crate trained while small kids eat as shes only 2 and will jump and steal food! i had to pay over 1000 in vet bills (which resulted in hydro dissconnect notices and my phone to be cut) to prove my pets were HEALTHY!!! then they came back and demanded my snakes to have uvb lights!!! snakes dont need that crap! after having a vet call her she finally left me alone.. the ospca needs to LEAVE people alone!!!

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  10. After reading the comments i think it is more of a lack of investigation an prioritisation issues vesus a power trip. fleas on a dog that is constantly surrounded by wooded areas or tons of other animals. flees are a given. flees on a dog that never leaves an apartment but 3 times a day to pee leads me to believes it resides in unsanitary conditions. HOWEVER with proper prioritising, that issue (which is less pressing that rita mental issues) would not have taken priority over the possible rescu or prevention of further abuse to ritas pets. I think it would be wise for the OSPCA to re evaluate their employees and hire more animal lovers as apose to people who only work at the OSPCA for the paycheck.

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  11. DOLA abuses an individual's charter rights in and of itself...

    http://www.dogownersrights.com/articles/dolacharter.htm

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  12. If an OSPCA inspector or agent knocks at your door make sure you have video camera in hand. If another person is home with you make sure they witness everything. Do not let them in your home until your video camera is armed and ready!!! Of course there are cases where people do intentionally neglect and/or abuse their animals and rightfully so those animals should be removed. I have also witnessed power-tripping inspectors take animals from responsible pet owners while ignoring the truly in-need-of-help animals on so many of the farms in this area. Like the article states, they seem to target the easy-to-adopt animals while leaving behind the ones that require costly vet care or extensive rehabilitation - you know, the ones that really NEED help. Our humane society's last inspector, Clancy Martin, was a hunter who posted pics of his "kills" on his facebook page and has thankfully been "relocated". Good riddance, he did nothing to help the animals in this city.

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  13. God, I am disgusted with this story, this is Ontario, not a high powered state! Is it coming to this really? You cannot live your life in peace without somehow someway the government dictating to you, and I corrupt government as I see it! They are harassing you and your family! What a statement, "you cannot afford it by where you are living!" WHAT KIND OF STATEMENT IS THIS? This sounds like a Human Rights situation and with all the publication it is getting, open that door please, please take this to Human Rights! Not just the dogs are victims here, you are being centered into a situation that is totally out of your hands, out of control by an SPCA worker, too much power has gone to her head... I am so so so sorry you are dealing with this crap!

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  14. Just to clarify, was this agent from Kingston HS?
    If so, they are an Affiliate, not a branch, and Ms.Baker would report directly to a Board of Directors. It will be far more effective dealing with the Chair (and Directors) as her direct Boss(es),Who have the power to discipline or terminate her. This is a direct reflection on what behaviours the Board will allow in it's employees and the standards they are allowing.

    I am not defending the OSPCA as a body, simply pointing out that in this case, the OSPCA headquarters were most likely unaware of specifics until complaints/law action happened.

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  15. Just to clarify, was this agent from Kingston HS?
    If so, they are an Affiliate, not a branch, and Ms.Baker would report directly to a Board of Directors. It will be far more effective dealing with the Chair (and Directors) as her direct Boss(es),Who have the power to discipline or terminate her. This is a direct reflection on what behaviours the Board will allow in it's employees and the standards they are allowing.

    I am not defending the OSPCA as a body, simply pointing out that in this case, the OSPCA headquarters were most likely unaware of specifics until complaints/law action happened.

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  16. You may wish to contact Ontario farm media. Ontario Farmer or Better Farming. You may wish to contact the Ontario Landowner Association. You may wish to contact the Toronto Star Newspaper.

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  17. OSPCA thugs in uniform thrive on intimidation & confrontation. That's a fact. The OSPCA's arrogance and ignorance are legendary. it's been the Society's calling card, their modus operandi for years. Things won't change because the CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Inspector and the Board of Directors don't believe these things are happening. They blindly protect their own. If they only knew what these people are capable of and how they treat animals owners and animals when they think no one is watching or listening, it would make them sick.

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  18. I thought the CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Inspector and the Board of Directors are the ones directing this modus operandi?

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  19. They are and they blindly believe their inspectors and agents stories over any other information provided to them. When I see an inspector driving around I immediately worry about the safety of animals and the animal owners. When the CEO sees an inspector driving around she worries about the poor little inspector's personal safety. OSPCA management still has not grasped the cruelty and lawlessness their people are capable of and indulge in on a regular basis. The organization continues to fete its worst offenders. Inspectors skilled in the arts of intimidation, bullying, lying, harassment, misrepresentation and threats are highly prized, promoted and rewarded by the OSPCA. This blindness, this refusal to acknowledge the merit of allegations brought to their attention, will ultimately destroy the OSPCA.

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  20. Who are you kidding!? They not only know how their agents and inspectors are acting out there but are, in fact, the role models for this type of behaviour and incompetence, especially the likes of Kate MacDonald; OSPCA abuses of power and their sense of self-entitlement and total lack of accountability have been well documented over many years ; what we know for sure is that they don't "blindly protect their own" but deliberately and wilfully protect their own!

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  21. Make no mistake, they certainly are the ones and they continually show their contempt for anyone who attempts to challenge them in their positions as "untouchables", including the use of high-priced lawyers at our expense to unjustly beat innocent victims into bankruptcy!

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  22. Treat animal control and OSPCA inspectors as police. be careful what you say to them, it can and will be used against you. Do not let them into your dwelling without a warrant. If they are at your door, close it behind you and step out to talk to them. Do not back into your dwelling, they may interpret that as an invitation to enter.

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  23. Unfortunately, this is typical of the OSPCA. The legislation needs to be repealed and replaced with proper legislation, that separates the powers that the OSPCA has and makes a provision for them to be accountable.

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  24. This is Tina (Stewart) Chum, We have had our babies home for awhile now and they are doing much better. The charges Rene Baker laid on me still have not been dealt with, the pretrial is on sept 24th & then I go back on sept 30th to set a trial date. As it goes right now they are not willing to drop any of the charges so it looks like we will be going to trial. We have taken in many animals and found them homes at no cost to anyone. We love our animals & all animals! For the first few months the dogs were terrified whenever anyone knocked on the door they would run and jump on the couch shaking, very sad thing to see them do. I have had all 3 dogs at the vets & the vets state they are all in good health and they have no concerns for them at all. The KHS took the dogs to princess animal hospital and they seen dr marcuzzi there (he is now not working there) and he wrote a statement for the ospca stating that there is indicitive of neglect because of fleas but then also states they were all in good health, so how can he say I neglected them? I have 3 charges against me, the ospca wants a lifetime ban on owning living with or caring for animals, $1500 fine and to have the right to remove all my animals......... they will not get the lifetime ban nor the removal due to me having to buy them back. The ospca has gone to 2 of our neighbors homes (one is a witness for me) and both were outside and seen what had happened that day they took them. It is proven Rene Baker had every intention on taking the dogs. She has now made it that we are terrified to take our dogs for a walk during the day while she is working, so now we take them at night only. Now if the cages (as rene baker calls them) at the KHS were cleaned properly and if they put all sick animals in a different section of the building from healthy animals how did mine get sick? Is it not neglect/abuse to make a dog go into a depression? I have photos of my dog 2 weeks before they took them and one the day after and you can see a huge change and weight loss in him. The ospca terrifies people to the point they are scared to do anything when it comes to their family members. Its nothing more than money to them thats all!

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  25. I will post when I find out my trial date, thanks everyone for the support.

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  26. Her dog had fleas for months. They had hair loss and scabs from scratching. They lives in a bad environment, filled with garbage and feces. The fleas should have been treated with proper medication as soon as the problem arrived. The feces caused skin problems, which can cause scaring and permanent hair loss. If you did this to a child you would never be able to see them again, why is it different for an animal?

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  27. Rose, who are you? I know for a fact my house does not have garbage all over or my dogs had scabs as you say........... Now if you really know me supposedly all that well tell me who you are?

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  28. Really Rose an you know this HOW????? I think Tina said she was in fact treating the problem an they condition was not on going for months an months..there was not feces everywhere or garbage .. If Tina was such a bad person why did the ospca sell her back her animals? Why did the review board find in her favor as well.. The ospca is out of control.. stop listening to the endless dribble that the ospca an its goons squads peddle..

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  29. You raise a very good point Rose....if......IF.....the situation was so horrible.....why were the dogs given back? What organization that purports to care for the welfare of animals would hand animals back to an abuser? Simply? They wouldnt. This is why the OSPCA consistently finds itself mired in controversy.

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  30. It physically cannot be a "FACT" that everyone in that field is thriving off intimidation.. a fact is something proven by tests, science, studies... your statement is simply an assumption made from an observation of an experience you or a friend has had in the past... how about focusing on the multitude of good things that the ospca workers and officers have done instead of the bad things that one or two of them have done?? Would YOU like to be categorized as being guilty of all the crimes of your coworkers? ... im not saying there isnt corruption to be found in all organizations, but dont be corrupted yourself by judging everyone on the actions of others.... there are always two sides to a story.....

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