THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

 March 10, 2010

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A Langford man whose dog languished on a chain without adequate water or shelter will have his day in court on April Fool’s Day.

George Jerome Makow has been charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act for failing to provide adequate shelter and access to water to his rottweiler/shepherd mix, T-Bone. Witnesses reported that T-Bone was also constantly chained in Makow's back yard and howled and barked day and night.

Makow's first court appearance is scheduled for April 1.

"This was another case in which verbal and written orders were issued to the owner to improve the living conditions of an animal, and those orders were ignored," said Erika Paul, special provincial constable for the BC SPCA, who investigated the case. "He did comply with an order to have a large gash on T-Bone's leg treated, but he flouted the orders relative to T-Bone's environment."

 

T-Bone in the care of the BC SPCA

The SPCA seized T-Bone on Nov. 19, 2009; Makow later surrendered T-Bone to the SPCA's custody and the dog has since been adopted into a new home.

Paul laments that it isn't illegal to tether a dog, however, guardians must still meet the requirements under the PCA Act to provide adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary care to an animal. Last year, the BC SPCA launched a provincewide awareness campaign highlighting the plight of chained and backyard dogs.

"Dogs are social, pack animals and it's devastating for them to be isolated from humans and other animals," says Paul. "They suffer psychologically, emotionally and physically, which sometimes goes unnoticed by their guardians because they are so isolated. It's a vicious cycle."

 

The BC SPCA's awareness campaign, entitled "Break the Chain of Suffering," includes a 30-second television public service spot, posters, educational material for dog guardians on alternatives to tethering their pets and information on the negative physical and psychological impact of chaining or isolating dogs. 

For more information, read the full press release.

Each year the BC SPCA's animal protection officers investigate close to 4,800 cases of animal cruelty and neglect. Help animals like T-Bone by supporting our life-saving cruelty investigations team with a gift to the Heroes Fund for Animal Protection today.

 

The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

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