Finding Good Homes

End Sled Dog Cruelty are working endlessly on finding solutions to get the rest of Chocpaw dogs into good care. Chocpaw has recently told the North Bay Nippising that they were closing up shop.

The mushing industry has took it upon themselves to re-home the 180 or so dogs. If you would have told me that two years ago, I would have been exited with that news. But through my search for accountability, and change… I’ve discovered that the dog sled or “mushing” industry around here is quite set on saving face. The mushing community coming together to disperse the dogs  means these dogs get dispersed to other kennels, who may or may not, chain their dogs outdoors 24/7, and do not get regular vet care.

 

The Dogsled industry cannot keep taking hits like this, tarnishing the romanticized image.

The truth is, if people saw the kennel dogs, when they first enter a house, they would immediately notice some these dogs carry huge anxiety, nervousness and discomfort.

They are tied to a barrel, at the end of a chain. The only shade they have  (with the exception of the edges of the kennel, and the one bush) is the skids on which their barrel home. Their barrel home, does not even have a door, to shield out the environment. Rarely will you find toys, or bones out for these dogs. They have nothing to do but to dig, and dig and pace in circles. Circles you can clearly see in the kennel. They eat raw chicken, weather in large frozen blocks, thrown at a distance in the winter, or slop, sometimes liquid, running down the side of the barrel, only to loose it to the sandy ground, on the corner of the skid, right where they urinate.. The raw chicken sometimes had plastic gloves or sharp objects in it. I know this because the staff have to use their hands to mix up the thawed chicken blocks. I used to be covered in a greasy film of that stuff. They get their water in giant cans, or water baited with chicken, to entice them to drink. These dogs never get to see lakes other than the large puddles that accumulate after winter thaw, or rain.

These dogs do not know how to walk on a leash. These dogs are not used to being given free range. These dogs rarely get to socialize untethered, with other dogs after the age of 8-10 months. These dogs only get to run, when they are pulling a sled. This is the life of a working dog. These dogs do not “sit”, or “lie-down”. They do not know what couches are. These dogs do not know how to play with a tennis ball.

 

These dogs don’t even get a yearly fecal test, or head to toe physical inspection by a veterinarian.

 

Other than a once in a few years rabies shot from the veterinarian, the dogs do not get vet care. Rabies day consisted of kennel staff carrying up the highlighted dogs as fast as they could, and lifting the dog up towards the veterinarian, who, was sitting at the back of a small car, and would just be ready with a needle. Then staff would bring the dogs back to their homes, and get a new dog.  Oh sure, on a very, VERY rare occasion, like when one of the dogs died of Parvovirus, sure, that dog saw the veterinarian.

Some of these dogs need allot of help.

 

Some of these dogs are pretty sick.

 

Activists and rescues have been pleading the kennel to release the dogs into care and out of the industry that exploits their very being.

 

 

The cycle of neglect and inhumane treatment for dogs in the sled dog industry needs to be broken.

 

Let MPP Sylvia Jones know that#SLEDDOGSMATTER.

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New to Virtuous Musher? Check out the Dodo’s feature article

  https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/sled-dog-grave-discovered-canada

Chantal Dostaler

 

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