To blatantly chain up these dogs and then carry on as normal, surely that is not real, but it certainly looks like that is just what is happening here…
Nearly 100 degrees outside, but sadly these beautiful animals had no place to escape to escape the heat of the day, nowhere at all, chained in place!
These dogs are out in the field, no shade, no cover, no trees, there are about 200 sled dogs all pacing around in circles endlessly no knowing what to do and barking.
The dog’s chains are so restrictive that they only had a few feet to pace before they had to change direction again.
They have plastic bottles for shelter, with a hole cut from the side, where it looks like it would be even hotter inside than out!
The video you see below was taken on July 4, during a period or record heat blanketing the region, a sled dog advocate and filmmaker Fern Levitt was worried about how the dogs were faring in these temperatures.
“There had been warnings to keep our pets inside and if a dog was found in a parked car, the owner would be charged with animal cruelty …Well, what about the sled dogs? It all seemed so hypocritical.”
While she was filming some video there was a worker from the kennel came over, insisting that she leave, because she on private property, and was trespassing.
“This is typical of the sled dog industry …The mushers call it the dogs’ ‘rest period,’ which goes on from May to October where the dogs just sit there. They are going crazy from boredom.”
Fern said that she reported the conditions to the Ontario SPCA, they say they have done an inspection of the site.
the Ontario SPCA Act allows forcing dogs to live outdoors on chains, as long as the dogs are given adequate shelter…
Melissa Kosowan, acting associate director of communications for the OSPCA, said:
“We are working with the owner to make improvements relating to the shelter to address deficiencies …Our investigation remains open as we work to ensure the dogs are receiving the care they require by law. The welfare of these dogs is our priority.”
It’s not the first time that Fern has come forward and made complaints about Chocpaw Expeditions, in 2010 she was deeply devastated to see the dogs being kept outside in a muddy field, chained up.
The animals were clearly stressed and pacing constantly, a real sign of stress…
She came back during filmings of her 2016 documentary “Sled Dogs”, which was to investigate the often despondent lives of the dogs when off the trail, the truth behind the scenes!
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