Just a few short weeks ago, a friend and I decided to head to Abbotsford SPCA to take a few dogs for a walk.
It was a beautiful, sunny day and I usually make this exercise-inducing trip every few months.
When we arrived at the front door we were greeted by a small puppy playing at our feet. It was a cute little thing needing a bit of affection. She really took to my friend Rick Rake, who is a huge dog lover and is encouraging me to adopt a pet.
After our brief playtime with three-month year old Chanelle, we found out which dogs needed their daily run. It was our lucky day. There were two German shepherds sitting in their pens and waiting to be set free. One was a male and the other was a smart female. Both were strong and healthy, but pullers to say the least. After a few hours of doing our good deeds for the day it was time to head out for a bite to eat.
The following day, I received an unpleasant call from Rake telling me that Chanelle was stolen from the SPCA shortly after we left around 12:30. I couldn’t believe it. They figure she was stolen between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Chanelle, is a brindle cane corso/mastiff mix and is shaved around her abdomen because she was recently spayed. She has a large and prominent ID tattoo in her ear: 33ABIY.
“We’re worried and heartbroken,” said Jodi Dunlop, manager of the BC SPCA’s Abbotsford Branch on Industrial Way.
“Many people expressed an interest in adopting her and we were in the middle of reviewing those applications to place her in the best home.”
To whoever has taken Chanelle, please do the right thing and return her safely to the SPCA.
Recently, a day-old puppy was abandoned at a bus stop in Maple Ridge. Little Peanut was just a day old when she was discovered in a Puma sneaker box under a bus-stop bench on 207th Ave. in Maple Ridge.
The black and white mixed-breed newborn was rushed to the Dewdney Animal Hospital where she was treated for hypothermia and seizures and later died of an infection. This and other recent cases have SPCA worried about animal welfare and urging pet owners to be responsible.
Unfortunately, there are too many cases where pets are mistreated in our society. The unnecessary killing of 100 sled dogs in Whistler brings us to an important crossroads.
People and pet owners who abuse animals are simply cowards.
Harming innocent loving creatures that cannot speak or care for themselves is probably the lowest thing a person can do.
Stiffer penalties and not just fines are one of the primary solutions in ending this cruel behavior. On the good side, I have met many wonderful, compassionate pet owners who care for their pets as if they were family members.
If anything impresses me the most in our evolution as pet owners is you hardly ever see dogs chained up. Through my encounters pet owners can be some of the happiest people you’ll ever meet.
If you don’t have a pet, consider adopting one. I am. With their unconditional love you’ll see changes in how you see the world around you.