Animals deserve to be treated with humanity

Animals deserve to be treated with humanity

To the Expositor:

I am undeniably a lover of animals. I have no children, so my animals are my children (two dogs and one cat). And honestly, I probably have more patience with animals. This is why I am writing this letter, to state my opinion and hear other opinions on a matter that greatly bothers me.

For two years now I have driven the highway from Mindemoya to M’Chigeeng and have watched two dogs in particular at a house heading into M’Chigeeng. One husky is tied out front and one black dog on what looks like a 4×4 deck.

I have yet to see these dogs get off their leash or deck, be walked or had any kind of human contact. I also know I am not the only one watching this every day, there are many others watching too. There are many of us that stop to throw food to the husky when we can too. I, along with many others, have contacted SPCA about these dogs many of times, only to be told they cannot do anything because they have to be invited onto the reserve. I don’t get it. Isn’t it about animal cruelty and welfare? There has been numerous calls placed to the SPCA about this matter, and yet nothing has changed. I even talked to a member of the UCCM Police, only to be told that I should be more concerned about the owner! Why? Are we humans not taught at an early age how to fend for ourselves, work for food and shelter, and provide for our families, including our pets? Well how does a chained up animal fend for themselves? They don’t! They rely on their owners to provide and look after them, and in turn, they love you unconditionally!

Does anyone else remember the black dog that was tied outside this same place far away from the house for years and years, until I assumed it died of loneliness and old age? I, and many others, used to stop and feed this dog every day for years because everyone felt sorry for it too. Animals (pets) are companions and need to be loved and cared for, just as humans do.

Has no one told these people that dogs are not lawn ornaments? They need love, exercise, companionship, food, water and shelter. Simply put, they need you to care for them. Friends of mine have offered to walk these dogs for the owners, only to be told no. Why? It was a courtesy. Whenever I drive by there anymore, I get so upset I seriously feel like crying! These animals have no life whatsoever. The husky runs in circles all day for exercise, and then his chain ends up being two feet long. Huskies need a lot of exercise, anyone with any knowledge would realize they are a high energy dog, and if you’re not prepared to give your dog the exercise it needs then you shouldn’t have it. As for the black dog, I’m sure it probably can’t walk now, being cramped up in a little 4×4 space day in and day out.

I know this kind of thing goes on all the time everywhere, and trust me, it’s not the first time I’ve called SPCA on people that weren’t looking after their pets, but this is the first time that there’s been nothing done to resolve the issue.

One more time, your pet is not a lawn ornament! If you cannot provide the care they need, give them to someone who can!

Concerned animal lover,
Annette Pearson




  1. Many people have done the same thing, contacted the OSPCA and UCCM to no effect. The OSPCA has no jurisdiction on Indian lands, and the UCCM refuses to enforce the Criminal Code of Canada with respect to these two dogs. Everybody knows who we are talking about and many people don’t understand the double standard in applying Canadian laws, myself included.

    The owner is in clear violation of the Criminal code. The dog is on a very short chain and paces like a lion in a cage. This is a clear sign of distress. Yes the UCCM refuse to enforce section 446 of the Criminal Code. This double standard shouldn’t surprise anyone. A while ago someone tried to put down a dog (Buddy) near Sudbury and bungled the job. This made headline news. Yet every year the M’Chigeeng band shoots about 50 dogs as documented in their annual report (the cost being $13,000, that’s some expensive ammo eh?). These dogs are shot because puppies are brought onto the res, left outside where they either get hit by cars or form packs, chase deer and reproduce. Obviously this strategy is not working because the process has to be repeated every year.

  2. What a sad situation for these poor dogs, Thank you Annette for sharing your concerns by sending this letter to the editor.By bringing this to everyones attention,let us hope that the outcome will be a positive one,and these two dogs will spend the remainder of their lives in a caring,loving home.

  3. I have suggestion, contact MCTV news, Alanna Everson who is a real animal lover and have her interview UCCM Police Chief and possibly the Chief and Council of M’Chigeeng. More media attention is not what they want. I see these dogs as well as others who are left astray, it is very sad !

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