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Prof. Siegel’s column on #StCath governance; missing the mark on a few issues.

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I have a great deal of respect for Professor Siegel – so much, in fact, that he was one of the first people we had come and speak to the Governance Committee in the last term of Council. I suppose that is why I find the title of his column so strange.

The Governance Committee DID define the problem; quite succinctly, in fact. The problem is one of knowledge for the decision-makers in government; that is, the elected officials. No one doubts that staff at the two levels of government speak to one another – if they didn’t, there’d be some serious low-hanging fruit for this Council to pick off. But staff don’t set policy for the community.

The ‘Answer’ that we developed was quite clearly an answer to that problem. When the problem is one of lack of knowledge at the two levels of elected officials, the answer is to…

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No Kill? No Give a Damn!

I continue to be a proponent of a No Kill philosophy BUT I continue to fear the “movement” (NKA & NKN) are more concerned with  the optics of “clearing the books”, “getting them out the shelter” than they are about the welfare of the dogs and cats that are “cleared” and “transported”.  I have asked and asked but to date no one has taken the time or made the effort to reply, Does anyone follow up on the dogs and cats that are transported or transferred to the numerous rescue groups? Does anyone know or care what happens to the dogs and cats that are sent to these rescue groups. Does anyone know or care to perform checks and on site visits to these rescue groups?’ How many dogs and cats are adopted,transferred yet again or just live a miserable, diseased, starving existence until they die either naturally or predated my those hungrier and stronger.  Does anyone take the time or make the effort to care? BUT, they are not killed because this is No Kill – at all costs. Just another form of exploitation of innocent animals in order that others may write books, make speeches and garner donations.

This is the other side of No Kill, the “rescues” to which dogs and cats are sent in order to empty the cages at the shelters. They are gone, they are forgotten, out of sight- out of mind, they are neglected, they are abused  but the shelter statistics are great and the public relations train just keeps on chugging. The law suits against those that have the audacity to disagree continue to be fought (with donor money) and the animals continue to rot in hell on earth.

I recently read a superb blog by “fromamaddogwalker” and was so impressed with this piece that I asked permission to share: How I Failed as a Rescuer, Lessons From a Sanctuary

This is not pretty, but this is reality:INSIDE THE OLYMPIC ANIMAL SANCTUARY

It’s time that No Kill Movement be held accountable for the animals they have KILLED by “saving”.


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END THE CRUELTY OF PUPPY MILLS IN ONTARIO! NOW!!!!!

HERE IT IS FOLKS! THAT OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY WALK THE TALK! STAND UP AND SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS IN ONTARIO. WE ALL WHINGE AND WHINE ABOUT POLITICIANS DOING NOTHING AND HERE WE HAVE THREE THAT ARE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT WE ANIMAL WELFARE ADVOCATES CARE SO MUCH ABOUT.

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A petition to “ENACT LEGISLATION TO SHUT DOWN ONTARIO’S PUPPY MILLS” was read into the Ontario Legislature on March 21, 2013 by:

Michael Prue, MPP (Beaches & East York) http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_detail.do?locale=en&ID=81
Gilles Bisson, MPP (Timmons & James Bay) http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_detail.do?locale=en&ID=7
Cherri Dinovo, MPP (Parkdale & High Park) http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_detail.do?locale=en&ID=7044

As you all know, in the Fall the Ontario Legislature shut down…  the above mentioned Petition is now in the hands of our Ontario Legislature. Let me add that his petition which HAD to be hand down (No internet or electronic versions) collected approx 15,500 signatures.
Here’s the thing now. The Legislature has 30 days to reply the the MPP’s who introduced the petition. So, NOW is the time to act to help close down puppy mills.  Go to your constituency office. Lobby your MPP. Let him or her know that there are people in his/her riding who are passionate about this Legislation. If you’ve ever said you hate puppy mills… now is the time to act and visit, call, write, and/or lobby your own MPP. They have a vote…. let it be the right one to close down  Puppy Mills.

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CONTACT:

Cindy Forster MPP- Welland

Jim Bradley MPPSt Catharines

Kim Craitor MPP – Niagara Falls

Tim Hudak – Niagara West Glanbrook Leader of the Ontario Provincial Party and Leader of the Opposition

for contact info for the above Members of Provincial Parliament http://www.niagararegion.ca/government/levels/mp-and-mpp-niagara-region.aspx

It doesn’t get any easier than this. The heay lifting is being done by others all we have to do is lend some support. COME ON – NO EXCUSES- Let’s stop breeding for profit at the expense of innocent lives!

Please forward this post to anyone and everyone that you can think of that at anytime said “I hate puppy mills”

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Time to Party ? Time to Mourn? Time to ACT!

There’s a party going on! Yep, no doubt there will be much backslapping, cheering and mutual aggrandizing at LCHS today and deservedly so. Well done Strooband, Kushner, Davidson et al, you did it. You and your one minute one dollar proxies won the day.

We Did It! We Won!

We Did It! We Won!

CONGRATULATIONS, now let the killing commence

We lost

We lost

It had NOTHING to do with animal welfare, NOTHING. The LCHS AGM was all about sticking it to the taxpayers and donors of St Catharines. It was nothing more than a group of vindictive, immature, spiteful , egotistical, small minded, morally bankrupt individuals more concerned with maintaining a death grip on their pathetic “positions” than caring for the well being of animals.

The meeting had been choreographed for weeks and in the end, mission accomplished. Had this “operation been carried out with any degree of ethics or responsibility or with even an iota of decency I would not be as bothered but it was a case of pure and simple bullying. Apparently Roberts Rules of Order, the Ontario Corporations Act and a specific motion of City Council are of no consequence to the mighty demagogues of LCHS. Apparently there is one set of rules for we, the unwashed masses and then there is the golden rule for LCHS. “He who owns the gold rules and in this case the gold was the purchased proxies.

Sorry, I just cannot conjure up the energy to go through the whole charade again.

You can “read all about it” in the Standard

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and in Ros’ blog   .http://rosalindwent.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/lchs-membership-so-close-yet-so-far/#comment-943

To those beautiful healthy, treatable dogs and cats that have been killed in the last ten years – OVER 25,000, think about it, TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND, we tried. To those thousands of healthy, treatable dogs and cats that will be killed at LCHS, we tried.

The Kushner Cocktail

The Kushner Cocktail

We have not given up, we shall continue in our efforts to STOP THE KILLING!


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The Executive Director of any well run Humane Society will be the first to state in order to save the lives of those animals that have the misfortune to make their way to the shelter, it is imperative to have strong partnerships rescue groups in order to be successful

In the course of researching animal welfare and animal rights issues I have become aware of the ever increasing number of animals rescue facilities that have “gone bad” the result of which is the discovery and subsequent seizure of hundreds of sick, weak, miserable creatures needing care and homes.

How does this happen, how does something that was created with good intentions and great convictions become a place of pain and anguish. How does one go from taking in the homeless, weak and suffering with a goal to find forever homes to becoming a place where starvation, illness and death is the norm. How does rescue become hoarding.hoarding-1

There it is folks, the dirty word hoarding.  Regardless of how many times rescuers, shelter reformers, welfare activists say otherwise, hoarding does exist, in fact it has become so prevalent that there are studies and research being performed at numerous Universities and Medical Centres throughout North America.

Hoarding is an illness. Whether hoarding inanimate objects or animals it is till an illness but when animals are hoarded it is cruel, inhumane and just plain wrong. Animals suffer and die at the hands of those that are very ill and that are incapable or refuse to obtain help.

“Hoarding is not about animal sheltering, rescue, or sanctuary, and should not be confused with these legitimate efforts to help animals. It IS about satisfying a human need to accumulate animals and control them, and this need supercedes the needs of the animals involved.”
—HARC

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There are an incredible number of people that have dedicated their lives to the rescue and shelter of dogs, cats, horses, in fact just about any animal. There are great rescue facilities that do just that, they rescue and then shelter animals until such time as they can be adopted. These animals are kept in sanitary, safe environments in which they are  fed and cared for, receive Veterinary care when required, are spayed and neutered, receive vaccinations and are free from pain and suffering. These are not the people about whom I am concerned. I am concerned about those folks that started out in this manner but then slid down a very slippery slope into hoarding hell.

How does this happen? Well, research indicates a number of reasons for hoarding  but the jury is still out on how one starts out doing good ends up going bad. It has been suggested that some rescuers are unable to say “we are full” and continue to accept animal from Humane Societies and other organizations until they are literally over run by the animals. No longer can spay and neutering be afforded so animals start reproducing within the rescue facility.  The rescuer can no longer afford Veterinary help and they are afraid to have anyone see the animals for fear they will be removed and killed. They do not wish to or are unable to admit they are in trouble and need help. So the hoarding begins. Cages are stacked one on top of the other, dogs and cats are found wallowing in their own feces. Paws and faces are burned from urine. They are starved, covered in sores from parasites and rubbing up against rusted wire cages.

There is always a great hue and outcry when a puppy mill is busted and rightly so, but a rescuer gone bad is no better than a puppy mill operator. In both cases the animals are suffering and dying in excruciating pain as a result of human indifference, illness greed or stupidity.

Those of us that rescue animals and profess to be supporters of no kill must assume some responsibility for the rescue centers to which we send the animals we “save”. It is not good enough to say we have transferred dogs and cats to foster homes and rescue groups hence the animals have not been killed thus are saved.  If we are shipping out innocent lives to a place of questionable care and potential misery how are we “saving” these animals?

Sure sending dogs and cats to rescue groups and foster homes “gets them off the books” and makes the stats look great for public consumption but if we are responsible for contributing to the demise of these animals at the hands of those that are no longer able to cope are we not part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

Do No Kill shelters listed on the No Kill Communities website http://www.no-killnews.com conduct follow up visits or checks to ensure the facility is safe, clean and caring for the animals? I don’t know. I do hope that some one can give me this information with some documentation as to how this is accomplished. Is there a reporting system for when the animals are adopted or how long they are kept in the rescue facility and how they are doing in the facility? Again, I would really like to know if this is  the case and again how it is accomplished? Are these animals shipped out and then forgotten about, “out of sight out of mind”?

How do we prevent these situations?

Linda Bruno http://www.nbcnews.com/id/38978396/ns/healthpet_health/#.UTz5Qhl3Yxq

Miguel Salgado http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/55343491-68/dogs-salgado-ogden-removed.html.csp

Elliots Friends Rescue http://www.spca.org/duncanville10212011

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The following  are links that are educational and important reading to learn more about hoarding and how rescue can become hell.

http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/14219/OR/US/

http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2009/02/prisoners-of-love-the-victims-of-animal-hoarding/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2748289/

http://vet.tufts.edu/hoarding/pubs/AngellReport.pdf

http://vet.tufts.edu/hoarding/pubs/Berry.pdf


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Callie is dead.

She was “put to sleep” last evening.

She died from liver cancer I am told. That is what the blood tests and X rays indicated. I am thinking if there was a test that could be performed a diagnosis of  Broken Heart Syndrome would have played a huge part in the final demise of dear Callie.

I do not want Callie to die in vain. I want Callie’s life to count for something. I want Callie to be the conscience of all of those of us that want to stop the incompetence, negligence and the killing at LCHS.

Callie was in  the care custody and control of LCHS from October 9, 2012 until her death on February 26th, 2013 . The total number of days between Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 and Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 is 140 days.

This is equal to exactly 4 months and 17 days.

140 days is equal to 20 weeks.

The total time span from 2012-10-09 to 2013-02-26 is 3,360 hours.

This is equivalent to 291,600 minutes.

You can also convert 140 days to 12,096,00 seconds.

How much of this time did Callie suffer?

How is it that Callie’s condition was not realized and dealt with?  Well actually one of the dog walker mentioned to me on DECEMBER 19, 2012 that Callie appeared depressed or lethargic. Again on JANUARY 18, 2103, another volunteer expressed concern to me about Callie’s significant weight loss . How is it that blood tests were not performed until last week?

Don’t misunderstand me, I get that Liver cancer in canines can be very rapid and is virtually always fatal but truly why was Callie not checked out for two months after her first symptoms were recognized? Is this not negligence or is just plain lack of compassion and consideration for an animal in need. Did she suffer? If her symptoms had not been taken into consideration and Veterinary attention sought then yes, she probably suffered. The fact that she died within two days of the receiving the results of the tests would suggest that she did in fact suffer some significant discomfort and even pain. Is this negligence?

Symptoms

“The signs of liver cancer in dogs

The symptoms of liver cancer can very as to the type, but most of the symptoms will appear at one point. Symptoms are lethargy, vomiting, appetite loss, abdominal bloating, pale gums, limb weakness, respiratory issues, jaundice, and weight loss. As you can expect the weight loss and loss of appetite are usually combined symptoms. You will also find that the symptoms become more pronounced as the disease progresses. This means that while the dog may have displayed three symptoms for the last six months they will generally have more symptoms as the disease becomes worse and the other symptoms will become worse. You will find that as the disease progresses the cancer cells increase in size. A good spot to look for jaundice is going to be around the eyes as it can be difficult to recognize it in other areas. You will also find that coughing is another symptom that may bring up blood when they become worse.”

“Treatment

  • One method of treatment is supportive therapy, ensuring that your pet gets plenty of rest and is confined to improve blood flow to the liver, decrease the dog’s work load and decrease the amount of pain. Another approach to treatment is fluid therapy, which corrects fluid, electrolyte, blood sugar and metabolic problems. Your vet may also prescribe antibiotics.”

Read more: End Stage Liver Cancer in Dogs | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6503795_end-stage-liver-cancer-dogs.html#ixzz2M8VCGnRj

My question is this. How can the Executive Director of a HUMANE SOCIETY rationalize something like this happening. I get it that by the book, Callie was not neglected. She had a roof over head, she was fed, granted not according to her health issues which would have exacerbated her condition and discomfort, she was taken outside, she was tolerated at best. This was the manner in which she lived (pardon the expression) at the hands of a person who is responsible for making sure the general public does not abuse animals. Is it neglect? Maybe not but it sure as hell is unethical, unconscionable and downright WRONG! This is the same person that was given full authority for the investigation of the Toronto Humane Society which he totally botched of course.

No less than three Veterinarians that have worked with Kevin Strooband have complained of excessive negligence and inhumane practices. Staff and volunteers continue to tell horrific stories of how this person that earns in excess of $100k per annum has time and again has mistreated animals in his care.

How do we stop Kevin Strooband? To whom do we complain? How do we make some one listen? Can all of these people be exaggerating or lying? I think not. With that much smoke there has got to be a fire somewhere, regardless, Callie’s story alone is sufficient for me to say, no SCREAM, ENOUGH!!!!!!!

Help me, I beg you help me to make sure that Callie’s life and her death is not in vain. Help me to expose this man for the inhumane SOB he is. Help me to help the animals that no more should  suffer and die while Strooband hides behind his Board of Directors and the cover of the OSPCA. HELP ME PLEASE!

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This is for Ms. Callie;
I am so sorry. I let you down. A lot of people tried to do the best for you but were thwarted at every move.  The dog walkers, Jordan Holder and others at LCHS, Animal Assistance of Niagara, Dave McMahon, all tried. All but those that should have, are paid to care and try to do the right thing. You sweet girl are another victim. You like so many before you and so many more to follow . Victims.

Please help Callie

Please help Callie

I have to believe in Karma.

No one should be allowed to get away with what this guy has done to this poor sweet girl and not be “rewarded”

This from the “compassionate” SOB!

Hi everyone,
As many of you know, Callie has been with a new foster parent for a little while now and she has been doing very well in her now home. A few weeks ago we asked for a foster parent after we found she was losing some weight. We also had blood test and x-rays done. Earlier today we learned that Callie has cancer and has little time left. The veterinarian has suggested to keep her in her foster home for her final week.
This is very sad news to share for a dog that so many people worked with and were quite fond of. Thank you to everyone for going to bat for Callie and finding her a loving and caring home to enjoy her few remaining days in. We (and Callie) truly appreciate it.
Kevin Strooband
Executive Director

CALLIE’S STORY

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Callie: On the night of October 17th, post AGM meeting that wasn’t I was speaking with one of the volunteers from LCHS. We chatted about the events of the evening which then led into discussion on other matters  and concerns, which then led to my learning about Callie. She was going to be killed within the week. Callie is a a beautiful 90 lb.King Shepherd Wheaten cross. She is a return adoptee as a result of a temperament issues.  She is an independent girl that loves to run and play. She loves her toys  but is quite reticent about sharing them. She is a high energy, full of spunk girl with a great sense of humour. Callie needs a home where she can run and play. Callie needs a child free home where she is the only furry companion. She is in the shelter and has been for a very long time Her cage, until very recently has  sported a PTS (due to aggression).

Emails were dispatched to rescue groups asking for others to post  Callie, they did and continue to do so.I contacted the very well known and highly respected Dog Trainer, Dave McMahon who immediately responded with an offer to profile Callie on his radio show and have her profile posted on his FB. He has even offered his services free of charge to her new family. One of the LCHS volunteers that works with Callie was to go on the show @ 8:50 am to talk about her. Very late the evening prior to the broadcast I receive a telephone call from the coordinator of the show asking me what was going on.   I am totally ignorant of the problem but apparently the volunteer has bailed on the interview BUT LCHS ED has stepped in to save the day! Strooband has discovered this golden opportunity to hit the airwaves, bumps the volunteer, rearranges the interview time, goes on the air and promotes himself and the Spay Neuter Clinic in a Public Service Message! Naturally, I tuned in at the previously agreed to scheduled time to listen to Strooband speak not knowing he had rescheduled and heard nothing until just before wrap up when some man (the coordinator)”called “in to elaborate on  Strooband’s profile of Callie to explain her issues. HUH?  Strooband had once again, made hay at the expense of one of the animals. He did not discuss Callie other than to say she was an aggressive dog  because he doesn’t know anything about her. He was going to kill her!

Animal Assistance  Niagara has been absolutely incredible. They have put up posters around town which have resulted in some interest calls. McMahon called me and offered me another shot on his show to promote Callie.

All of a sudden, Callie appears on a video on the LCHS FB page. It is a great video BTW and then a profile pic appears and she is available for adoption. This is great news and we are all delighted that not only is Callie alive (the PTS order has been removed from her enclosure), at least for now, but she is getting the attention she needs and deserves. Because, Strooband has finally stepped up, I have backed off, declining to go McMahon’s show suggesting that some one that knows her e.g. a volunteer speak on her behalf and have referred all inquiries regarding Callie to LCHS.

And then yesterday, I see this: click here to see how Callie is once again in jeopardy

The following is a posting Callie’s former person wrote in the LCHS Facebook.  Do YOU think Callie should have been killed as Strooband ordered?Judging from the final sentence it seems pretty clear Callie’s former person did not know she was on death row and is once again……….

“CALLIE is beautiful girl at the Lincoln County Humane Society at great risk of being euthanized. She is in URGENT need of a home, or even a foster home.”

“Hey everyone! I wanted to do a little post on Callie!
I had Callie for one year – and in a lot of ways it was one of the best years of my life! We went running every day, sometimes twice a day, and so much weekend hiking (car rides are her favorite)- she has so much energy! I loved the time we spent outside together…the reason I have decided to give her up, is because I work full time and have started school at night…trust me, I would much rather be running Callie in the fresh air :p :( Unfourtunately I also did not have the time to socialize callie to my horse, who is my 1st priority …she won’t be able to be the “horse show dog” I was hoping she could be. ….my horse will be 5 next year and we will be gone a lot to an environment that would be too much for cal…she would have to stay at the boarding kennel…she LOVES kids and no, she doesn’t bite to hurt people…if she has ever put her teeth on someone it would have been accidental. she’s a SWEET heart to people …she is capable of getting along with other dogs but under a very supervised watch…she really is a fantastic dog who deserves a loving home… if Callie is not adopted by 2013 I will be adopting her again myself…she is loving and beautiful and she deserves the right home…thank you LCHS for helping to find the right place for her

What Lisa did not know was that  contrary to what she was told by Strooband “for her (Callie), there is no alternative”, “she will be adopted”, Callie was going to be killed without any effort at finding her a home. And she was going to be killed within two weeks of her surrender, never getting a chance.

Many of us tried to save Callie. She was kept in the “stray” area for months where the public are not permitted. How would this accomplish adoption. She then made it to the adoption area where the public could see er but were afraid to approach due to the orange pylons in front of her enclosure and the signs warning she would bite. Really?  This is the same dog that was taken to a an adoptathon where she behaved beautifully. This is the same dog that had her picture taken with Santa with no problem.

Well, Mr. Strooband you are going to get your way, Callie is going to die and the best part is her death will not even count against your annual statistics. You didn’t have to stick a needle in this one’s heart. You just broke it, that’s all.

CALLIE

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