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?
“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.”
- 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.”
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!