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In my last letter, I made a plea for support of pet charities. Now I make a different kind of plea: for care and kindness towards the pets in our community, for realization of their reliance on humans and for understanding their actual feelings when neglected and when hurt. On a daily basis here at the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter, we witness very sad cases involving animals that have suffered because of cruelty and neglect. Within the last 24 hours we have had a mother cat with newborn babies dumped like garbage outside the Shelter’s door with no food or water. We had a puppy brought into our Shelter that had been thrown from a vehicle. The puppy was stumbling along the highway, suffering from malnutrition and heatstroke as well as mange that had burned into his head and neck from the intense heat. Most recently, we took in a 12-week-old puppy that somebody had run over with their vehicle 72 hours prior and left it to suffer without medical care. The pup was sent to us in a rubbermaid container. He had eight broken bones in his legs, a dislocated pelvis, a hernia that had burst, chest injuries and internal bleeding.
These kinds of stories are horrifying and all too common. In a society which has advanced well in terms of understanding and tolerance for each other it seems disappointing that our reverence for preservation and quality of life has not yet fully extended towards these innocent pets which are so dependent on our compassion and care. I implore you to not turn a blind eye to the weak and defenseless, and help end the suffering of so many innocent animals.
Carla Martinelli-Irvine, Director, Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter
3062 Portage AvenueWinnipeg, Manitoba, R3K 0Y1Tel: (204) 832-PETS