Gander and Area SPCA
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Reporting an Abuse
All too often abused and neglected animals are left to suffer because someone "just doesn't want to get involved." Animals are like small children,they need someone to speak up for them when they are being mistreated.
With the recent changes to the Animal Health and Protection Act, the RCMP, RNC and Municipal Police are now the only enforcement agency responsible for investigating cases of abuse and neglect. To report a complaint of abuse or neglect please call your local RCMP Detachment.
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Sprocket was taken from his owners in October of 2008. When I arrived at the home Sprocket was in a shed. The owner opened the shed door and he tried to stand but fell over on his side. Sprocket was brought to the vet and weighed in at just 11kg! In just three weeks Sprocket gained 7kg (15.4kg) His owner has been charged under the "Criminal Code" and will make her first appearance on Jan 27th.
UpDate: Sprockets owner pled guilty in court on March 10th and received a conditional sentence. She has been banned from owning animals for one year, she is on probation for one year and court fees have been wavered due to her financial situation.
Sprocket almost doubled his weight and has had a great makeover from Darmon's pet grooming in Benton. He has been adopted.
Harley and Teddy are two dogs that were taken from their owner due to neglect. Harley was tied on to a dog house with a 4-5 foot chain and could barely stand. Teddy on the other hand was running loose. Harley was extremely thin, where as Teddy was underweight but was able to go to whomever would give him a scrap. After being here only 6 days Harley went from 21.8kg to 24.2kg and 4 months later his weight was 34.9kg. Their owner was charged with failing to provide for them. HE is prohibited from owning any animals for 2 years.
This picture shows Harley almost 2 years after his adoption from our shelter. He looks absolutely beautiful!!! Many, many thanks to Ron for giving Harley a second chance!!
Neglect (Failing to provide adequate medical care)
Jingle was a beautiful male 6 year old husky mix. Jingle had been run over by a car and did not recieve any medical attention because the owner could not afford to bring him to a vet. We were not notified of the accident until 5 days after it had happened. The owner had been told to have the dog put out of it's misery but he failed to do so. Jingle lived in agony for those 5 days until we went out and picked him up. He had numerous large abrasions covering his entire body and the top of his nose was peeling away.His injuries were not life threatening had they been treated earlier but because they were not, infection had set in and he was humanely euthanized by our shelter. Charges are pending
Shadow was a classic example of what happens when a collar is not checked on regularl basis. This dog was left tied on with a chain around his neck, the chain had become embedded. It had to be cut away from the skin. Shadows neck did heal after several weeks, but after several months Shadow was euthanized because of lack of space at our shelter.
Scottie is a dog that we had taken from his owner due to neglect. As you can see he had not recieved any grooming in a long time. He had been left outside to roam the community. When we picked him up he was lying in the mud in the middle of a dirt road. We could tell by his actions (or lack of ) that he had not been touched in quite a while. He showed no sign of emotion, neither happiness, fear, nor aggression. He was totally emotionless, like an animal that had been sensory deprived. The saddest part about Scottie's case is that the owner had 2 other dogs in her house that were in fantastic condition. Scottie was brought to our shelter where he recieved several baths and a good grooming. His fur had to be completly shaved. After several days he slowly began to recognize us and would wag his tail when we entered his cage. Scottie's story has a fantastic ending, after several weeks at our shelter he was adopted by a couple who just wanted to give him a loving home for his remaining time. Below is a picture of Scottie taken a few months after he was adopted. He is now in a home where he is truely loved!!
Anastisia is just one of the many cats and kittens that are abandoned every year. We recieved a call from our local police saying that a town employee had found a kitten curled up by the fire at the Gander dump. He said it looked like she may be dying. We went to the dump and found the little kitten and brought her back to our shelter. She looked to be about 12-14 weeks old and was filthy and smelled like smoked fish. Every bone in her body could be felt and she was extremely dehydrated. Upon further examination it was discovered that she had all of her adult teeth which indicated that she was an adult cat! We syringed fluids into her for the first couple of days and she then began to eat on her own. After several days at our shelter she was adopted along with another kitten and is doing great in her new home.
UPDATE: Sadly, Anastasia passed away of unknown causes a few days after being adopted.
This little male 5-6 week old kitten was found abandonded outside our shelter door in a dogfood box, on May 31st/06. As you can see he is in quite poor condition. He was dehydrated, had moderate hypothermia (his temp. was 29.8 C)and he could barely open his eyes. He does seem to be improving slowly, we are syringe feeding him baby food and his eyes are clearing up.If you know who owned this kitten please contact us at 651-3002
Update: Sadly our sweet "Little One" passed away on the afternoon of June 3rd. In the short time he was with us he found his way into our hearts and he will be missed dearly.
Nike is a 5 year old shih-tzu that was taken from his owners in Jan of 2007, due to neglect. When we arrived at the residence, Nike was tied on outside in the freezing cold, his gums were white and his fur horribly matted and filthy. He was brought to a groomer immediately and given a good grooming and some much needed TLC and food. Nike was adopted shortly after.
This is Nike now, in the arms of his new owner!!
Neglect and attempted drowning
Wesley was rescued from a pond where he had been spotted thrashing about in the water. When pulled onto land, it was found that he had been tied up with rope which was attached to two tire rims. He had a large bump on his head and his skin was severly infected. After arriving at our shelter Wesley was taken to the vet and treated for his skin infection. He was later adopted into a wonderful home where he is loved and cared for the way every dog should be. Charges have been laid.
Update: Karma was euthanized on Sept 2/09. Her Ear and skin condition had improved but her overall health was failing. We are still searching for any information on her owners.
Herbie is just one of many,many cats that are abandonded in our province every year. He was found, filthy,cold and hungry in the dump in Glenwood. Herbie was one of the lucky ones and did survive his ordeal. He is now in a very loving home.