CORNWALL Ontario – In this edition of the 11th Councilor I’m going to talk about Dogs. Not our city going to the dogs, but about a new by law that might be time here in our fair city, and that is to not allow the sale of dogs except by registered local breeders or from accredited/licensed shelters and rescues.
Before purchasing my puppy Fitzy above I visited a breeder in the country that essentially was running a mini puppy mill in Huntingdon Quebec. I steered clear of the puppies offered. I found Fitzy at another home litter with the mother and litter present. I was able to see where he was born and the general conditions that he spent his first few months in, and he’d been to a local vet where he was purchased.
While utterly goofy he’s been in perfect health.
Local media covered a story of some nit wit who left their perfectly healthy dog outside of a local shelter overnight while it was closed, in winter! Authorities actually found these creeps, but no charges were laid and frankly I feel that there should have been as there simply is no excuse for that sort of behavior.
A small group is trying to form a boycott of an area pet store that sells dogs; most likely from puppy mills. Larger stores like a Pet Smart will usually work with local shelters.
Pets should never be impulse decisions. Millions of perfectly healthy dogs and cats are euthanized every year because that puppy just isn’t that cute any more and eats the furniture.
A pet is a 15-20 year commitment usually. The loyalty and love that they give us cannot be matched, but the real price is the fact that we have to protect them as though they’re own children or family member, which they are. In the event that you can no longer care for your animal, here in Cornwall, there is no excuse to abandon an animal. Even if the local shelter is closed you can call Cornwall Police Services at 613 933 5000 and they can take your dog to the OSPCA.
Puppy mills make hay on the latest trends in dog loving. I have seen some really messed up impacts of inbreeding and breeding without care. Hip and joint issues, skin, allergies, behavioral, cancers and other degenerative illnesses and there is no OHIP for pets. Vet bills can be frightening, and if you can’t afford to pay for treatment not only will your pet suffer, but it might be removed from your care.
So does it make any sense to allow any retailer in our city to be importing Puppy Mill pets in this day and age?
(Sam is now 24. I rescued him the day he was to be put down at a shelter for being anti-social when he was 10 years old.)
And while I’m mentioning this subject if you are looking for a pet please consider adopting an older animal. Babies are cute, but there is a ton of training that comes with that deal. Many older dogs never get homes and some are the first to be put down in shelters, but make the best of companions. Cat or dog, Seniors make wonderful friends. So please please consider adopting an older animal.
Updated to add an online petition!