A Stolen Dog and the CHS
February 5, 2016 § 8 Comments
I recently came across a post on the Calgary Humane Society’s (CHS) Facebook page via a friend-of-a-friend. While I believe that there is a LOT of great work done by Humane Societies, I do see instances whereby an HS has overstepped its’ bounds and becomes so enamored of itself and so entrenched in what it’s doing that it fails to see what it’s doing. It digs its’ heels in and will not, under ANY circumstances, back down. To back down means to admit they are wrong; admit defeat.
Unfortunately, it looks like this is what is happening in Calgary with the CHS right now. They have been holding a dog named Onyx, while doing an investigation – but how that dog arrived at their door and the circumstances surrounding the dog are dubious at best. This has been ongoing for over a week now, and it’s time to end the charade and let this dog return to his loving owner.
This is the story of Onyx, and his young tattooed, bearded, rocker/punk/hipster owner who fits the OLD caricature of a bad owner.
He’s a young man, a father of a young child, and someone many “older folks” might consider at first glance a “bad dude”. He has tattoos. And a beard. He’s a bit of a free-wheeler in that he likes music and 4×4-ing.
The flip side of that is that he has a steady job as a Shop Hand at a reputable business, and lots of family and friends that are standing up and saying he’s a good guy who loves his rescued dog Onyx and treats him very well.
According to multiple posts on the CHS Facebook page, a neighbour purposely took the dog (read: stole) out of his owners fenced yard, and turned the dog Onyx into the CHS purporting to be the dogs owners. The dog has a microchip registered to Mr. Poudrier, yet he was not notified that the dog had been turned into the CHS. While hours/days went by and an anguished owner was searching for his dog, the CHS did nothing other than put his dog in a kennel and observe the dog. Not until Mr. Poudrier called the CHS to report his dog missing did he find out they had the dog.
This dog was being held because the thieves purported him to be emaciated, and the CHS decided they need to “investigate”. They didn’t take into account that not only did the owner report Onyx missing to the CHS, but that part of the breeding is Whippet. Anyone who has seen a Whippet knows that they always look emaciated to the untrained eye.
While Onyx doesn’t look like a typical Whippet, speaking as an owner of a mixed breed dog, my “Lab” could look emaciated to the average Joe as he is mixed with Border Collie which makes him a lot lighter in stature while he looks all Lab. Well, at least that was the case until he turned five. Now he looks like a “fit” lab. :)
According to posts on the CHS Facebook page, the CHS has denied Mr. Poudrier the right to visit his dog while in their care. It’s now been eight days!
Considering the vast number of people who have commented on this post about how much Mr. Poudrier loves and cares for his dog, I have to wonder why the CHS doesn’t allow him to interact with Onyx and monitor the situation. There are dogs in the States that are “under investigation” due to vicious attacks that are allowed visits from their owners.
Aside from a standard canned response from the CHS, there has not been much response or explanation on Facebook.
So I sent them a message. :)
Following is the text of the message, sent at 10 pm EST:
Good evening CHS, I just wanted you to know that I plan to write a story about the stolen dog owned by Kelly Poudrier that was turned into CHS and was wondering if you would like to comment.
You can see my blog at https://notabreed.wordpress.com/
I write extensively about bad owners, as well as bad breeding practices of any animal, and horse slaughter. I’ve also written about the failings of Humane Societies of different areas. I’m kind of a an unbiased writer… I seek the truth and write about when I think someone has done wrong, but when someone has BEEN wronged I will also write about that.
If you would like to provide a comment, other than your standard response on Facebook, before it is published, please feel free to respond here or send me an email at notabreed(@)outlook.com
I hope to hear from you soon.
I will be straight-forward and let you know that I am sending the exact same message to several people involved so you are aware that others may be sending their comments to me; however that affects your thinking.
Hi, thanks for your interest. All media requests need to go through our Manager of Communications. Please give her a call or email her for a statement. Sage Pullen-McIntosh 403-723-6033 Sage.PullenMcIntosh@calgaryhumane.ca
POSITION REGARDING A RECENT ONGOING INVESTIGATION
We have received a lot of inquiries recently about a particular ongoing investigation, and while we acknowledge all of the interest regarding this case, we are unable to discuss specific details openly.
This case was brought to our attention by a concerned party and we are working to ensure a detailed investigation takes place. Our Peace Officers work to uphold the Animal Protection Act of Alberta, and are doing their due diligence to make sure this animal is healthy and safe.
In investigations like this we always deal directly with the person involved.
Should an animal owner believe that their animal was stolen from private property, they should make a report to Calgary Police Service whom we will cooperate with fully.
Charges are possible in cases like this but we are unable to speak publicly about it due to confidentially. We appreciate your understanding in the matter.