Tuesday, March 15, 2016

An Open Letter To Toronto Animal Services : Please Do Not Kill These Five Dogs

Kurt Haupt hold on to his beloved deceased dog
before the owner of the dogs that killed her
leaves the scene.
To Toronto Animal Services,

Last week a terrible incident occurred at Etobicoke's Centennial Park. As Kurt Haupt was walking his 14 year old Dachshund, "Dacky" four large dogs attacked Kurt's elderly dog and killed her. In a truly disgusting and cowardly act the owner of the four dogs that killed Dacky simply walked away from the park.

Soon the entire city came together to offer condolences to Kurt, and to attempt to locate the owner of the four dogs.

It is now known that several complaints had been made to the authorities about the individual and his dogs. The complaints ranged from at least one of the dogs previously attacking another dog in the park to their owner training the dogs to hunt and kill rabbits and raccoons in his neighbourhood.

Today Toronto Animal Services issued a statement that it has seized five dogs in connection to the incident involving Dacky and that the individual that owns these dogs will face several charges.

While I certainly hope this investigation leads to many charges against this individual, it is also my hope that Toronto Animal Services does not make a rash decision and decide to euthanize the five dogs it has seized. I truly hope that Toronto Animal Services recognizes that these five dogs deserve a chance to be rehabilitated. They acted only in the way their despicable owner taught them, to be violent.

On Friday I put a plea on my Facebook page for dog lovers to express their condolences to Kurt for this horrible event he has been through. Hundreds wrote in from around the world to wish him well. At the same time over 100 posted to the page expressing fear that the four dogs involved in the attack would be immediately euthanized.

Toronto Animal Services, YOU can do the right thing in this case. These dogs CAN be rehabilitated. As I write this animal activists and lawyers are going before the court as the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) plans on killing 21 dogs seized from a dog fighting ring. People see that in cases such as this, 99% of the time it is the OWNER that should be held responsible, and not the dogs.

This instance has nothing to do with a particular breed of dog. It has to do with one despicable owner who trained his dogs to be aggressive and when they finally acted in such a fashion, he cowardly ran away.

Please Toronto Animal Services, explore every avenue at your disposable to ensure that these dogs can be rehabilitated and go on to live happy lives in homes that truly care for them.

RIP sweet Dacky

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