Another part of the SPCA’s work, perhaps the most important part, is the part where they deal with cruelty investigations.
The protection of animals against physical or psychological abuse and neglect is at the heart of the BC SPCA’s mission. Through the powers granted to the BC SPCA through the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act and the Criminal Code of Canada, the SPCA’s Special Provincial Constables have the power to investigate complaints of animal cruelty, issue orders to the owner of an animal to make necessary changes to ensure the health and safety of their animal(s), to execute warrants to remove animals in distress and to recommend charges of animal cruelty to Crown Counsel. The BC SPCA investigates over 4,600 complaints of animals in distress annually.
It really destroys me to know that people can take out their anger and issues, and just be completely ignorant of or ambivalent toward the suffering of another living creature.
Especially having experienced the unconditional love that domestic animals offer – evolutionarily they have been served very well by aligning themselves with humans, and the unconditional love and devotion they are now conditioned to offer, which only comes with the hope that the trust they have put in us to provide for them – and knowing it is unequaled.
My parents’ dog, Bandit, was surrendered to the SPCA, but it’s pretty obvious he was abused before his former owners finally got sick of him. My parents rescued him at 2 years old, and he already walked with a limp. He’d been kicked hard enough to have broken his hip, which never healed properly. He was also terrified (consistently for the next 3 years) of men wearing baseball caps. Obviously some man in a ball-cap was awfully terrible to him.
He’s still a bit ornery, but isn’t completely terrified of people and is generally a very happy 9-year-old pup with a great life and people who love him.
As his owners surrendered him (after they brutalized and broke him), there wasn’t a cruelty investigation, or any charges laid. But it’s obvious that Bandit, like so many animals who end up at the SPCA (and so many more who aren’t lucky enough to make it that far) did not have a happy life for his first couple of years.
Please, please help to ensure the SPCA can continue this most important work, and ensure that when the unthinkable happens, they are able to stop it, and ensure those who do these things are never given the opportunity to do it again.
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