“This is by far the largest commercial breeding facility that we found in Canada, involving the worst conditions we have observed.” ~Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of the Canadian branch of Humane Society International
Recently, nearly 500 dogs and puppies were rescued from a puppy mill just 90 minutes northwest of Ottawa in Shawville, Quebec. It could be “the largest animal cruelty case in the province’s history.” Many of the dogs had been denied their basic needs and were suffering from medical issues like skin conditions and respiratory problems, to name a few. All of the animals were given over to the Human Society. Funding is needed to help care for the animals as more than 100 need critical veterinary care. More than 90 puppies have been born since the rescue and they are expecting many more. Space, as well as food and medicine are also required.
The City of Toronto has already put restrictions on pet shops in an attempt to put puppy and kitty mills out of business. “Now, retailers will only be able to sell canine and feline friends that came from shelters, humane societies, rescue groups or that were donated by someone.”
Responsible pet owners want to do the same thing here in Ottawa. The Humane Society of Ottawa Carleton has already asked city council to stop the sale of animals from commercial breeders in local pet shops. They have also asked Ottawa’s citizens to write to their councillors and say that they support a by-law banning the sales of animals bred by unscrupulous breeders.
To repeat myself, I hate animal mills!! With a passion. So I decided to start a petition on Change.org which will, in a week’s time, be sent to all Ottawa city councillors. If you want to sign this petition in support of a new by-law, please go to here and leave your name. The welfare of animals will take a step forward if this by-law passes here. I hope that when it does, more municipalities will consider enacting it.
A dear friend recently told me a wonderful quote by Gandhi which is so fitting in this case. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” So let’s work toward making Canada a great nation!