Letter: No longer supporting SPCA

I am greatly saddened and disturbed by the resent killing of two dogs at the Victoria branch of the SPCA.

This is the time of year when many people generously give to deserving charities.

I am greatly saddened and disturbed by the resent killing of two dogs at the Victoria branch of the SPCA. The public has been wary since the dismissal of the previous manager and the hiring of a new manager and regional manager.

The decision to end the lives of these dogs was made without consulting the staff and volunteers that spent time with them.  The manager states that they were hoping to desensitize and rehabilitate these dogs but in fact this was not done.

A home environment is very different than a shelter and animals may be stressed by noises, smells and sounds, which can result in fear, depression, anxiety or aggression.  It is not an ideal situation to evaluate their potential.  One dog was considered a resource guarder but a dog walker was able to safely remove a chicken bone that this dog picked up on a walk.  The other was considered dog aggressive and tested with a strange dog on the opposite side of a fence.

Anyone with knowledge of dog behavior knows that this can trigger an aggressive response for many dogs.  With 38 years experience working with dogs, I know these behaviors can often be addressed with proper training.

Many of the staff and volunteers are heartbroken by these unnecessary deaths.  Honestly, would this be the case if these dogs were so aggressive? Imagine the hurt for the guardians who gave up their dog due to unfortunate circumstances, with the assurance that their beloved companion would be placed in a home.

Is this is an indication of things to come?  Is the disposal of animals a directive of BCSPCA or is this just an independent decision made by the Victoria branch and Regional managers?

The Shelter runs on donations.  This is no longer an organization I wish to support.

Marilyn Beckett

Sooke

 

Just Posted

Life-Altering experience

Six weeks that served to change their view of the world

Speculation tax forces sale of Oak Bay’s ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

Mainly cloudy skies ahead for Friday

Plus a look ahead at your weekend

UPDATE: Father on trial for murder describes being ‘tackled’ and ‘stabbed’ in Oak Bay apartment

Oak Bay father takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

Province rejects criticism from Saanich councillor over McKenzie Interchange

Transportation ministry says project will ‘significantly lower’ greenhouse gas emissions

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

Most Read