Nearly 100 Sled Dogs Rescued from Certain Death

Nearly 100 neglected sled dogs were rescued in a cooperative effort led by the Humane Society International and the SPCA Laurentides-Labelle in Quebec.

“As we walked onto the property, my heart broke. The huskies had been chained to plywood structures over barren stretches of frozen mud. Hungry and dehydrated, they were unable to move more than the two-meter radius their chains permitted,” said Rebecca Aldworth, Director of the Humane Society International.

Some of the dogs were blind and about 30 were reported to be pregnant. The owner, who wasn’t able to afford proper care, handed the dogs over, in exchange for not being criminally charged or fined, despite the level of neglect.

According to Nikolas Gour, a spokesman for the Humane Society, the deal was struck with the owner to rescue the dogs because the, “Canadian federal criminal code is woefully inadequate for addressing issues like this, and it’s difficult to get a conviction when having to prove the intent to cruelty to animals.”

According to the criminal code in place, this treatment of animals may not have even resulted in an offense. In any case, animal welfare organizations are working on stronger legislation at the federal and provincial levels. The government has hired new inspectors, increased fines and awarded money to animal shelters.

The dogs who were found malnourished and dehydrated are now on their way to recovery and new homes in an emergency shelter. What’s sad here, in addition to cases of neglected sled dogs being common, is that the laws aren’t strong enough to even bother trying to pursue criminal charges against someone who would leave their animals in such unacceptable conditions, leaving them entirely unaccountable and free to do it again.

Sign Care2 member Paula James’ petition asking the House of Commons in Parliament to support tougher animal cruelty legislation in Canada. 

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184 comments

Lorna S.
Lorna Soto5 years ago

Criminales!

Bradie D.
Bradie Dearle6 years ago

PLEASE READ!!!

JUST BECAUSE 1 KENNEL WAS THIS WAY MEANS NOTHING AND YES LOTS OF KENNELS ARE LIKE THIS BUT WAY MORE KENNELS THAT ARE WELL RAN
LIKE MY KENNEL ALL DOGS HAVE HEATED WOODEN DOG HOUSE LARGE PENS LONG CHAINS FOOD AND WATER! LOADS OF PEOPLE SAY THAT THERES MONEY IN IT FOR US BUT NO THERES NOT I BUT A 50 POUND BAG THAT LASTS 2 DAYS! AND I ONLY HAVE 26 DOGS !MOST SLEDDING KENNELS HAVE 100S OF DOGS SO THERE FEEDING 3-4 BAGS FOR 150 DOGS A DAY

TNX 4 READING

Mervi R.
Mervi R7 years ago

Thank goodness these dogs are now in good care! A huge thank you to all involved in their rescue.

John C.
John C7 years ago

My Comment is for Murry F. How is it that people that are dedicated to attempting to end the NEEDLESS abuse of innocent animals infringing on anyone's religious freedoms? Does the bible say that it is not only perfectly acceptable to ABUSE animals, but it is also your religious RIGHT to? I am by no stretch of the imagination a vegetarian or aetheist myself, but that does not imply that I think it is okay to neglect an animal. If you choose to eat meat, that is your perogative, but to say that you are sacrificing the animals you consume as a offering to anoint an alter just shows your ignorance as much as your poor spelling does. People like you need to stop using Jesus as an excuse for being a narrow minded bigoted fool.

Murry F.
Murry F7 years ago

How dare people to like you people to interfer in thousands of years of religious belief. READ YOUR BIBLE PEOPLE or are you that ignorant and anti-christian. Its states in the BIBLE ABOUT THE SLAUGHTERING OF ANIMALS.
Numbers 7:88 - The total number of animals for the sacrifice of the fellowship offering came to twenty-four oxen, sixty rams, sixty male goats and sixty male lambs a year old. These were the offerings for the dedication of the altar after it was anointed.
So be the hypocritical people that you are and stick to your vegies I'LL STICK TO MY HAMBURGER, PORK CHOPS. VENISON, CHICKEN, STEAK ETC.
When PETA says it is their ULTIMATE GOAL TO HAVE EVERY PERSON IN THE WORLD EAT VEGIES, well that goes a little to far.
People are going to be inhumane no matter how hard you try. I know I have 12 kittens and 7 adults that people have dumped off that i have to take care of AT MY EXPENSE. You going to contribute to the feeding of them the cleaning of their litter box's, their vet bills?
HELL NO, your just going to bitch and moan about how some animal was sacrificed in a religion that is older than this country.
Hypocrites that is what all of you are.

Jenifer Dale
Jenifer Dale7 years ago

signed

Vaiva G.
Vaiva G7 years ago

Stories like this are so heart-breaking, but allowing the animals a new lease on life is an amazing event.

Margaret D.
Margaret D7 years ago

Recently returned from Panama & Aruba where I saw emaciated & crippled dogs begging for food but I'm ashamed that this happens in Canada.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W7 years ago

Well done!

Lilith Graves
Lilith Graves7 years ago

Petition signed. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stopanimalcrueltyincanada