On October 27, 2017, at approximately 3:00pm, a deceased, neutered, male Boston Terrier was left in a travel carrier behind a dumpster at a hotel in Vista Heights in NE Calgary.
Surveillance video shows an unidentified person driving into the hotel parking lot, taking a kennel out of the vehicle’s trunk, and placing it behind a large dumpster. The vehicle is described as an older model four-door sedan, light tan or gold in colour.
On examination, it was determined the senior dog suffered from severe chronic medical problems that could not have gone unnoticed by anyone regularly near the dog. The investigation has hit a dead end and investigators are seeking public information on the identity of the dog and its owner.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Cruelty Investigations said, “The degree of neglect suffered by this dog prior to its death is criminal in nature. The manner in which this dog was disposed of speaks to the owner’s knowledge and intent. We are hopeful someone recognizes the dog and/or the vehicle and can provide us with information that can lead to justice for this poor dog.”
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On October 28, 2017, a photo of a dog tethered to a flatbed trailer being hauled through Calgary began circulating on social media. A joint investigation into the welfare of the dog was initiated shortly afterwards by Calgary Police Service, with support from Calgary Humane Society and Rocky View County.
On November 11, 2017, the dog’s owner, Volodymyr IRODENKO of Rocky View was charged under municipal, provincial and federal legislation for offenses ranging from causing an animal to be in distress, to transporting an animal outside the cab of a vehicle.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “Transporting dogs in the beds of trucks can be incredibly dangerous to the dog, between exposure to extreme weather and the risk of falling. This offense is aggravated by the manner in which this dog was being transported, on a flatbed with no side rails to keep him on the trailer. We are very lucky, in Calgary, to have agencies that can work together so effectively to ensure the well being of animals and accountability for reckless owners.”
Calgary Humane Society and CPS spokespersons will be available for comment at 11:00 AM at Calgary Humane Society: 4455 110 Avenue SE.
A new fitness experience is taking the world by storm. It’s called MEOW-GA (it’s like regular yoga but with cats!). We decided to take two incredible things like kittens and yoga to create the ultimate exercise and relaxation experience. But that’s not all! This unique spin on meow-ga will offer complimentary wine and cheese after the class is finished and a shelter tour to add a little splash to your weekend.
Did you know that Western science is starting to provide some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains, and keep sickness at bay.
Did you know that when conducting a task that’s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or even their spouse was present!
The class itself will be a 60 minute All-Level Restorative yoga class taught by Allison Smithdorf followed by an hour to enjoy wine, snacks and a tour of Calgary Humane Society. 100% of proceeds will go to the animals!
Classes will be limited to 15 people. Due to the high level of interest, it is suggested that you register immediately to avoid F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out).
Look at how much fun we had when we hosted Calgary Stampeders Wide Receiver, Reggie Begelton, for a meow-ga session!
Cat yoga will be held on….
Upcoming Meow-ga sessions
February 16th (SOLD OUT)
March 16th (SOLD OUT)
April 13th (SOLD OUT)
Participants must bring their own mats
Participants must be 16 or older to attend class
Must be 18 or older to consume alcohol (with valid ID)
Long pants are strongly recommended (those claws are sharp!)
Calgary Humane is getting into the Halloween spirit and we have an incredible treat for our wonderful supporters!
Join us for Hoppy Meowloween
Saturday Oct. 28 to Tuesday Oct.31
Hoppy Meowloween is back!! With hundreds of adorable animals in our care, we are looking to place them into forever homes. Wouldn’t you agree that this is an amazing treat?
From Saturday October 28th to Tuesday October 31stchoose your own adoption fee (min $20) on all cats and Rabbits*. There is no better time than now to open your home to a cat or bunny and bring home the ultimate treat this Halloween!
*Cats 7 months and older (no kittens) + rabbits will be available as choose your own adoption fee (min $20). this promotion does exclude flemish giants and very large buns. during the event, we will not be placing holds on cats or rabbits. For more information, please speak with an adoption counselor.
Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated this year’s Cocktails For Critters, the night was a huge success! The event sold out with 490 tickets purchased and raised $176,000 for the animals.We are blown away by the generosity of our supporters and with the funds raised we will be able to continue helping the thousands of animals we care for every year.
This year’s Cocktails for Critters gala celebrated the achievements of our Protection and Investigations team, and starred animals from past cases. These animal survivors are proof that we can create a more compassionate tomorrow by helping as many animals as we can.
**ATTENTION: Seizure Update – Monday October 16, 2017**
A big thank you to everyone for your support and interest in the 58 animals we took in from a mass seizure on October 5.
Just a quick reminder that all animals coming into our shelter receive medical and behaviour assessments before becoming available for adoption. As with most large intakes or mass seizures, this process can take some time and the animals that you would have seen on the media are currently in our holding wing or in foster homes. Some of these animals may need surgeries or additional medical treatments and will not be available until those are completed. Please keep an eye on our website for the most up-to-date information on animals that are available for adoption.
If you are looking for ways to help please consider making a donation to the care and treatment of these animals click here or apply to become a foster parent click here.
On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers executed a mass seizure of 53 dogs, three cats and two turtles from a home in northeast Calgary. The animals were found to be in distress as a result of unsanitary conditions and various medical concerns.
This particular seizure, which remains under investigation and limits details which can be shared, continues a recent trend of mass intakes at Calgary Humane Society. Over 309 animals, including the dogs, cats and turtles mentioned above, have been admitted to the facility over the past two weeks versus 205 animals during the same time period last year and has filled all available kennel space beyond capacity. In addition, many of these animals will require ongoing medical care and behavioural support.
Carrie Fritz, Executive Director for Calgary Humane Society said, “This volume of animals in such a short period of time is unusual however is definitely not unheard of. This team is incredibly experienced and skilled at caring for this number of animals and we also have a large group of dedicated volunteers and foster parents we can lean on, who are invaluable.”
These intakes come just as Calgary Humane Society prepares for one of its largest fundraising events of the year, Cocktails for Critters being held Saturday October 14 at the Westin Calgary.
“What we are asking for from the Calgary community now is patience as a plan is put into place for each animal. Support, in the form of donations is always greatly appreciated during these times to help cover the cost of care and the public can also help by volunteering, fostering and adopting! If ever you were thinking of becoming a Calgary Humane Society donor, foster parent, volunteer, or adopter, now would be a great time to contact us!” said Fritz.
On October 10, 2017, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers responded to an animal cruelty complaint near Anderson Road and 24 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta. At approximately 6AM, a female, mixed breed puppy, white in colour with faint grey spots, approximately 8 to 10 weeks of age, was found abandoned in a garbage dumpster.
The puppy was found alive but in severe medical distress and may have been suffering in the dumpster for as long as 48 hours. At the direction of veterinarians she was humanely euthanized to end her suffering.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “Regardless of the source of this dog’s catastrophic injuries, discarding this visibly injured puppy in a dumpster was a callous criminal act. This puppy deserves justice and we hope the public can help us serve just that by providing information toward the identity of the individual responsible.”
Peace Officers are seeking the assistance of the public regarding:
• Suspicious activity in the area between October 8-10
• Identity of the dog, possibly a Labrador/Australian Cattle dog cross
• Identity of the owner or discarding party
Anyone with relevant information should contact Calgary Humane Society at (403) 205-4455, referencing file number 25613C.
Calgary Humane Society has a tremendous roster of donors coming from all places and backgrounds.
Some make a single donation while others are monthy PAWS supporters. Some donate items we need from our wishlist while others donate their time and effort as a volunteer. We are so thankful for all of our donors and the different ways they give. We cannot do the work that we do without your support.
Today we are highlighting one of our younger supporters, Quinn, who has become famous for his annual bake sale!
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