"Hap" the chained dog is rescued
Animal Advocates got an email about a chained dog that is sadly, still common. It was originally sent to the SPCA, but when nothing improved for the dog it was sent to AAS. As you read Hap’s story keep in mind that the SPCA is the pound in this place, and since it does not do home-checks before or even after its “adoptions”, Hap’s abuser might have purchased him from the SPCA. Keep in mind that the SPCA has made media-attracting puppy-mill seizures, and had charges laid, for conditions no worse. Keep in mind that the SPCA made a p.r. “Chained Dog Campaign” announcement in 2009. If only AAS could trust that when a dog like Hap is reported to it, that it won’t do nothing, or next to nothing, and that if it seized the dog or had it surrendered to it, that it wouldn’t kill the dog or sell it to another abuser. But we can’t trust the SPCA yet.
This is an edited version of the email that was first sent to the SPCA, and then to AAS:
“I frequent a place where this dog is visible to me. He is so kind and sweet. Seems he wouldn’t hurt a fly. I witnessed him chained up neglected with no shade for half of the day until the sun moves. It looks like his collar has never been removed. It looks like he's never been brushed. And he is on a chain and is prone to being eating by any wildlife that comes over that hill. He had about an inch of water in his dish (I gave him more yesterday) and I’ve never seen them feed him once while I was watching. He is very thin underneath that matted coat and his teeth are worn down, probably from helplessly chewing on his chain to try to get free. I brought him dog treats yesterday and he was so excited to eat them. His right ear looks like it was sliced as seen in one of the pictures. The dog remains there all year long in –30 and +30 on its chain. I am aware that this man had previous dogs. Let’s help this dog please.”
When the SPCA didn't help Hap, someone else did. These pictures speak for Hap when the SPCA didn't.
Hap loves going to the cabin on Orcas Island!
February 2015 update: Sadly, Hap has now crossed over the rainbow bridge. Here's the email we recently received from Hap's family:
We want you to know that Hap is now only in our hearts, where he will remain forever.
After several weeks of badly declining energy and appetite, Hap was not doing well yesterday and today he had lost his appetite completely and also started having slight difficulty breathing. It was a good thing that we had made an appointment with the vet for this afternoon. We had no regrets for Hap's sake.
A very kind vet came to our house and, without us even asking, she suggested to give Hap a sedative first. After that she gave us some time alone with Hap before she came back. It was totally heart-breaking for us to say goodbye to Hap, but we know that he is now in a much better place, probably already sniffing our former dogs, Smukke and Finna, and suggesting a good walk with them.
At this point we need to grieve for our little boy, and this will take a very long time. One day I am sure that the tons of good memories we have of Hap will make us smile again.
Please convey our thanks and gratitude to your contacts in Northern BC and let them know that Hap really rescued us (more than we rescued him).
I have you tell you, once more, how happy you made us by letting Hap into our lives. He is the most wonderful dog anybody could EVER wish for, and Anita and I are totally heart-broken that we had to let him go, but it was the right thing to do for his sake. It is exactly because we love him so much that we made this difficult decision for him.
Thanks, again, for having trusted us enough to let us have this wonderful gem in our lives. Too bad we were only allowed to have him for a little over two years. We just wish he could have stayed with us so much, much longer, but sadly it was not to be.
Eric and Anita
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