Wednesday, January 13, 2016

OSPCA Refuses To Assist Police, Abused Dog Returned To Owner

Yasir Naqvi, Ontario Minister of
Community Safety and Correctional
Services, continues to turn a blind
eye to the broken OSPCA.
Every time I think the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) can't possibly fail Ontario citizens and animals more than it has, the organization surprises me. I'm not sure how this is even possible. After all, the OSPCA once killed over 100 dogs in its care, it is currently billing one animal rescue in Ontario nearly $400 000 before it returns the animals it seized, and still refuses to press charges against the OPP officer who ran over an elderly, blind dog three times before shooting it to death.

The latest news of the OSPCA ignoring pleas from the Espanola police to assist an abused dog is frightening. Eight individuals told police they witnessed a man punching, whipping, and kicking his dog. The police seized the dog, charged the individual, and called the OSPCA. The OSPCA chose not to assist the police and as a result, this dog has been placed back in the home with its abuser until trial. The very organization empowered by the provincial government to PREVENT cruelty to animals simply washed its hands of the situation. I have little doubt this poor dog will continue to suffer incredible abuse at the hands of this monster.

The OSPCA has stated the reason it did not step in to help is because the dog's seizure by the police did not meet legal requirements. Since when does the OSPCA care about legal requirements? This is the same organization after all, that has repeatedly been taken to court for violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and has in the past been found guilty of doing so.

The provincial government has for too long sat idly by allowing the OSPCA to act with next to no transparency and even less accountability. In this particular case from here on out every punch, every kick, every whip, and every further torture this helpless dog receives lies with not only his abuser, but the provincial government and the OSPCA.

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Here is what YOU can do to continue to raise awareness :

Tweet Ontario Premier @Kathleen_Wynne and @Yasir_Naqvi, Ontario's Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, who is responsible for overseeing the OSPCA. Make sure to include the hashtag #ReformTheOSPCA.

Go to Yasir Naqvi's Facebook page and ask him exactly what his ministry is doing to bring accountability to the OSPCA, and to help this poor dog.

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