neeroc (neeroc) wrote,

People suck, but many, many more don't

So earlier this week a story hit the papers about a man (for lack of a better word) living in Quebec who had sled dogs, and his business had tanked so he was no longer able to care for his dogs (his story). So he resorted to keeping them outside in inadequate shelter, with no food and no water (I think water's basically free). By the time the SPCA found him, he was down to 97 dogs, the dead dog's carcasses rotting around his property. 30 of his dogs were/are pregnant. They have parasites, are malnourished and need people to love them.

The part of the story I don't get is that animal control had to negotiate their release from him. And he 'agreed' to turn them over in return for his name not being published and for NOT BEING CHARGED. How the hell does this happen? I say they should have left his property with him tied up in the yard, with no access to food or water...But that's not what this is about.

What this is about, is that yes this sucks, but, the 97 dogs have ALL found at least foster care. They have been transported all over, but groups from as far away as NY. The NY SPCA has a truck big enough to carry large numbers of seized animals...isn't that wrong? Shouldn't these incidents be so few and far between that when it does happen it overwhelms the system and people have to scramble to transport the animals? But that's not what this is about either.

One guy sucked, and he sucked in a huge way to a lot of animals. And maybe some of the guy's neighbours sucked too. I'm not sure how remote this guy is, it took the SPCA a while to find him (months) but someone knew something. But many, many, many more people didn't suck. They are the anti-suck. People who are going to be paying $4k each to care for the pregnant dogs, they don't suck. The people that reported this guy, same. Each and every one of the organizations that are raising money for these dogs. Each of the fosters. The volunteers who are treating, transporting and evaluating the dogs, they don't suck. Just think about the number of dogs, and the effort involved.

And most important of all, the dogs coming to Ottawa got here Thursday, and they are all in loving homes. And this guy's life doesn't suck anymore.


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