Newfoundland government reneges on $50,000 grant to SPCA: Joyce

Cory Hurley
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Eddie Joyce

CORNER BROOK  Oppposition Leader Eddie Joyce is calling on government to reinstate the $50,000 grant committed to the SPCA in May 2012.

According to a press release issued Friday morning, the grant was for development of a public awareness campaign on the new Animal Health & Protection Act. The MHA for Bay of Islands says he was recently told by the Department of Natural Resources that the money is no longer available.

 “When we debated this Act in the House of Assembly last spring,” stated Joyce, “I voted in its favor with this funding commitment in mind. While proclaiming the Act was just the first step, government has completely walked away from enforcing it.”

 Thursday, in the House of Assembly, Joyce asked Minister Derrick Dalley about the lack of enforcement and if the funding would be reinstated. Joyce said the question was met with laughter and mockery from the government benches.

 The new regulations state that dogs which are kept outside for extended periods of time must be housed in insulated, elevated, weatherproof dog houses on a tether five times the length of the dog, according to Joyce.

“Sadly, there is no recourse for concerned citizens who see these dogs endure the winter tied to a wooden box day and night,” stated Joyce. “What a shameful abandonment on the part of this government.”

 “No animal organizations are trained to enforce the Animal Health & Protection Act. We’ve been told that police are not fully aware of the regulations or their role in enforcing them. With roughly five per cent of municipalities trained, and participation not mandatory, it’s evident that government has failed miserably to protect the health and welfare of pets.”

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Newfoundland, CORNER BROOK, Bay of Islands

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  • Annette
    November 12, 2013 - 06:02

    So I guess this means continued abuse of animals on the island. I am so sick and tired of seeing dogs in my community housed in freezing shacks and tied on. They get little to no attention and I often question if they are properly fed and watered. Dear Pet Owners - if you go out and get a pet, it is your responsibility to treat it like FAMILY. Dogs are pack animals and leaving them in these ramshackle "dog houses" is worse than a person being shoved in jail - at least the person in jail gets a warm bed and human interaction. Why would you do this to an innocent animal?

  • Jean Candy
    November 10, 2013 - 16:57


  • Roy Whalen
    November 10, 2013 - 08:29

    Perhaps it would have went better if they asked for $115 Million....A gov, and opposition that takes back the 25 cent min wage increase while passing millions on to Kruger is on the wrong track. Paper has been produced in Corner Brook for 90 years and we are still financing the operation in difficult times???

  • IAMtheJIB
    November 09, 2013 - 08:24

    This government could care lass about the citizens that vote them in a pay their inflated pig dole. Why would anyone think they would care about animals that can provide them nothing in their coffers. It has been left to citizens to take this law in our own hands and deal out some of our own justice to offenders and make no mistake about it Mr Dalley, we will deal out the justice that you won't.

  • Dianne
    November 09, 2013 - 06:47

    Jayne, no matter what kind of spin your trying to put on this, Who care should come first. People or Animals?

  • Jerry
    November 09, 2013 - 05:58

    @ Jayne. are you trying to say, We should be supporting animals more then people? Because that what sound like. In my books if we got money to be passing out, Lets take care of the human side first. Jayne that $50.000.00, could put food and heat in some buddy home,

  • Jayne
    November 08, 2013 - 20:32

    To be humane is to care for our fellows, particularly the suffering, the ill, the disadvantaged and the elderly, AND to care for Mother Earth's other creatures. Both need more support than we are providing in this province. Suppose some of the frivolous purchases at Confederation Building (the premier's vanity for example) were instead put toward the support of persons AND animals, some of us would not feel compelled to advocate for the care of one or the other at any point in time. We need to think less about things and more about living things.

    • Lisa
      November 10, 2013 - 18:56

      Jayne, what you wrote is smart in so many ways! Its these clowns that dont get it that so much of the problem! If they cant see that its not about who gets cared for first, humans or animals, its about ALL being fairly cared for! Im sickened by the gov't & by some of the narrow minded comments written here!

  • Betty
    November 08, 2013 - 13:55

    Its bad enough we have useless MHA like yourself picking the taxpayers pocket, alone taking our money for animals.

  • concerned
    November 08, 2013 - 11:05

    this gov. don't care about animals. we got a member in humber west I think he diseppardim sure hes a one time polition when you see him hes hiding behind another member.

  • Hurry Up and Get a New Liberal Leader in Place
    November 08, 2013 - 10:50

    Eddy Joyce needs to comment on issues that are important to people, like hospital wait times and unemployment outside of St. John's region. Pets like cats and dogs are the responsibilities of the owners and should not become a burden to the taxpayers when we are not doing a very good job of caring for our sick and elderly.

  • Charles
    November 08, 2013 - 09:34

    Joyce do you understand what your saying, People in this province is going cold and hungry, And you wanted to take taxpayers dollars and give its to the spca, don't you and other would think to take care of the people first,