Supporters of Janet Olson (with microphone) rally outside court

She does what needs to be done

Editor:

‘We had a moral right to take that dog,’ Dec. 6.

Editor:

‘We had a moral right to take that dog,’ Dec. 6.

I wholeheartedly applaud A Better Life Dog Rescue for a job well done as they do excellent work.

Do people honestly think that ABLDR just rescue these dogs without first observing their abuse long beforehand, or that the concerned citizens who call them do not have legitimate complaints and have not exhausted all legal avenues? If so think again.

I for one have been a concerned citizen who has called ABLDR over the years due to the SPCA’s serious lack of concern. When I also report the abuse, I am just talking about the bare basics for the dog to survive such as food, water, shelter and daily exercise. This does not include human contact, veterinary care or grooming.

Some of these dogs I have also observed have suffered terribly for years at the hands of their owners – who, naturally, deny the abuse – while the SPCA has done nothing, which is either due to lack of concern or lack of authority. So, as an animal lover, do I just turn a blind eye or do I have a moral obligation to help these dogs? I choose the latter, in most instances.

When ABDLR rescues these dogs, they obviously charge a fee to adopt them – as does the SPCA – because most of the dogs are in urgent need of medical and rehabilitation care because of the abuse. The money does not get pocketed, as some people would have you think.

The new owners of these dogs are also well screened and well aware of the abuse beforehand, so it does not continue. For them to tell you otherwise is pure rubbish, and they should really start taking responsibility for their own actions.

Cheryl Berti, White Rock

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If the SPCA would do their job properly – prevention of cruelty – there would be no need to rescue these animals in distress.

If the police would go after the real criminals, they would not have to come up with such a ridiculous arrest. Arrest the real criminals and leave the decent citizens alone. It only reflects negatively on the whole force.

I. Thielemann, Surrey

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