This page details only the animals I am aware of during my employment.
Where is the line drawn when it comes to violating Animal Cruelty laws and who is responsible for enforcing these laws when they are being violated by the very organization mandated to uphold them? Unfortunately these practices continue to this very day as the Humane Society board of directors refuse to acknowledge their animal care policies are seriously flawed. They cannot afford to provide veterinary care and allow many animals to suffer as a result.
TOBY (now deceased):
Soon after this move she experienced problems standing and walking, and at that point was finally taken to a vet. The Humane Society had her euthanized soon after.
This cat was not provided veterinary care for more than ten months. She had not received any medication or care for her illness. In my opinion, that is unnecessary suffering, and its dispicable.
Felix was diagnosed with severe dehydration and a high fever. She could not open her eyes, nor could she breath through her nose. She was admitted for several days for 24-hour care. This can all be verified at Crossroads.
I was confronted by vet tech Christine L'esperance because I "stepped on her toes" - bringing her neglect to the attention of others. Judy Atkinson kept her mouth shut about this incident because it involved Agent/Board member Mackett. Felix recovered from the virus only because of the veterinary treatment she received.
Read this story from the BC SPCA of a cat left in similar conditions
Should she have been left to suffer in this condition?
A concerned volunteer who also witnessed the condition of these pups was shocked that they were left at the shelter without care. She too felt they would not have survived the night. I brought them home to ensure they got food and fluids, and they did survive.
On December 30th, 2002, despite countless requests for vet care, Spikie remained untreated. This prompted me to write THIS LETTER to the manager. About a week after receiving the note, the vet tech was ordered to send a urine sample to Crossroads Animal Clinic.
This urinalysis came back inconclusive because urine for the test had been collected off the office floor. Crossroads explained to the vet tech this was not acceptable and that she would have to get a urine sample directly from the dog. The vet tech commented that she "had better things to do than follow a dog around all day waiting for it to pee".
A second urine sample at Balmoral Park Veterinary Clinic showed that Spikie suffered from "giant kidney worms". The worm's eggs were discovered in the urine sample. She was so badly infected that they had escaped the kidney and were also found inside her abdomen.
By this time many people were alerted to Spikie's condition, forcing Judy Atkinson to arrange for surgery for the dog. On January 14, 2003, Spikie had the worms and her infected kidney removed at Balmoral Park Animal Clinic. Despite numerous notices and warnings, the vet tech had left this dog untreated for two months before any testing or veterinary care was provided. Had it not been for the publicity surrounding her condition, this dog likely would have been denied veterinary care and probably would have died at the shelter.
The day following Spikie's surgery, I visited Balmoral Clinic to see how Spikie was doing. I did not get to see her at that time, but I spoke with the vet and took the following pictures of the worms which could have killed her. I was told her kidney could have been saved had a urinalysis been performed at an earlier date.
CATS w/ KITTENS:
As the surviving kittens grew, they were cramped in a 2x2' cage with their mother, litterbox, food and water dishes. At approximately 3 months, when they were put up for adoption, it was discovered their muscles had atrophied as a result of being cramped in a tiny cage with no room to move or stretch for such an extended period of time.