The PCA Act says it is a criminal offence to permit an animal to be:
(a) deprived of adequate food, water or shelter,
(b) injured, sick, in pain or suffering, or
(c) abused or neglected.
"Lurker" (an SPCA apologist on Brindleweb, the pro-SPCA anonymous website) says that it is not easy for the SPCA to get warrants to seize dogs such as the one described this way:
"...who was kept on a concrete driveway it's entire life with no proper shelter, and the SPCA did not step in until the dog was no longer able to get up off the ground. Only then did they act - by picking it up for euthanization."
How would "Lurker" explain how the SPCA was able to seize the dogs pictured below?
These healthy dogs, and many more, were seized by the SPCA and the owners either forced to pay huge sums to get them back to stop the SPCA from "disposing" of them, or if they could not afford the SPCA's demands, were charged with cruelty (and sometimes both).
The SPCA's constables have refused to allow owners to phone their vets to prove that the animal is under the vet's care or treatment and even refused to look at the owner's vet records and medications. Why?
The dog in the wading pool is Dakota, seized by the SPCA from Gwen Wilson when the SPCA came for the cats she was compassionately caring for when they were abandoned on her property. Gwen had to pay the SPCA $3,800 to get Dakota back from the SPCA.
We hope you will be shocked enough by this information and these photos to read all about Gwen and to begin to ask your MLA, the Solicitor General, the Attorney General and the Ministry of Agriculture (which oversees the SPCA), why the SPCA would seize healthy dogs but leave dogs in extreme distress, and to question a law that permits the SPCA powers that no other police force has, or should have.