Friday, August 3, 2007

Update: Rottie doing better!

His name is Cyrus. I blogged a few days ago that he was rescued from a locked SUV where his stupid owner had left him in extreme heat temperatures.

According to the Toronto Humane Society, he's fighting his way back to health!

Much to our surprise – and pleasure – Cyrus is fighting his way through this. After two days of intravenous fluids and some TLC, Cyrus seems much healthier than expected. While he is still spending his time quietly recuperating, he is able to stand up unassisted, walk (albeit slowly) and is aware of and interested in his surroundings. But he isn’t out of the woods yet.
The owner, a Toronto man, has been charged with animal cruelty and could face up to six months in jail for the alleged offense. I've already heard from many of you that would like to do much worse...but what I suggest is visiting or writing to your local government to help pass legislation that will stiffen penalties for animal cruelty.

Currently in Ontario AK's Bill: Justice for Animal Victims of Abuse is lobbying for support. It needs your help! AK was a 6-month old Sheppard mix found with his ears cut off by the owners who wanted it to "look meaner". Visit and click on contacts to contact your local MPP.

According to the Ontario SPCA, despite his traumatizing ordeal, AK has maintained a happy and loving demeanor. He suffered no internal damage to his ears, and his wounds have since healed. Shelter staff have received many adoption applications and are in the process of selecting AK's adoptive family.

If convicted of any of the seven Criminal Code charges laid, the court has the ability to sentence Salman to six months in jail, and/or a $2,000 fine. In addition, the Criminal Code allows the court to prohibit animal cruelty offenders from having custody of an animal for a period of two years. PLEASE! If you live in Ontario...we need the power of the paw to illicit change!!

[source + photo credit] [AK photo credit]


Finn's Dad said...

It's amazing what some people will do to an animal. I hope they are fined and jailed accordingly. Spreading the word about animal cruelty is admirable. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Great blog! Nice to see another dog lover in blogosphere.. Unfortunate that our laws are so soft on animal abuse. They will only change when people go after their elected officials and demand change. I had the opportunity to see AK recently and what a beautiful dog but what was so amazing was that he was able to be affectionate around us considering all that this beautiful boy has been through. Well, I guess he knew that he was in a safe environment with people who cared about him.

There were many offers for a good home and he was finally adopted by a good family where his days of abuse are behind him.

We must act as the ears and eyes for not just dogs but for all animals. I have been passing out flyers on the issue of pushing for a new anti cruelty law. I live in the beach area and many people here are really big dog people.

And I share my love for dogs on my blog:

I will be back to read more..