Horse sanctuary seeing record cases of neglect

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The Horse and Pony Protection Association (HAPPA-NL) says it is disturbed but not surprised by the results of a recent study by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Animal abuse is happening more than either the public or the government realizes and animal abuse is not limited to small animals, HAPPA-NL?said in a news release.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund rated Newfoundland and Labrador ninth among 12 provinces and territories when it comes to animal protection.
HAPPA-NL's Hopeall Sanctuary has operated since 1986 and provides care for farm animals that are unwanted, abused, abandoned, neglected or harmed.
In 2009, the association says it saw a record 239 cases, and in the past 12 months it has intervened and responded to 308 cases.
HAPPA-NL said it desperately needs help to keep pace with demands.
"This is what HAPPA-NL does, and because of all the great work we, as a team have don,e we are happy to have a lot of good news stories to share," president Dennis Bishop said.
"Doing what is right and never turning any animal in need away are two fundamentals that guide our board, our sanctuary care staff and our volunteers."
Recently the charity has had as many as 15 horses and ponies in its care at one time, and today there are eight horses and ponies at the sanctuary. The association is providing care to several other animals through fostering and other care arrangements.
HAPPA-NL operates the only farm animal rescue centre and sanctuary in Atlantic Canada.
"This year we have intervened in 308 cases and just this past week we have closed four more cases and are currently working on and following up on several situations where farm animals are being neglected and require intervention," Bishop said.
"This is probably the busiest HAPPA has ever been and we are asking the public for a plea to the government for a change in the laws."

Organizations: Horse and Pony Protection Association, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Canada

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  • Brad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    The animals have more brains than their abusive owners. The perpetrators should be banned from owning animals for the rest of their lives. Animal laws are a joke in this province, and the inbred hicks take full advantage.

  • Melanie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Well let me say this Steveb..........I guess not feeding a dog or abusing animals will stop all those drunk driver's??? If drunk driver's are not getting sufficient punishment, who's fault is that, the abused animals??? Two wrongs don't make a right and the issue at hand is animal abuse , not drunk driver's. I guess we could bring child abuse into the scenario as well. For god sake, get a grip!! You sound like an animal lover, are ya????

  • Melanie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    I have to say that I am totally disgusted at the numbers of animal abuse that happens in the province. Instead of things getting better, it has gotten much worse. These poor animals depend on us for their well being and we are letting them down. I was told just recently from an employee with the SPCA that animal abuse has been on the rise. Our Government needs to intervene and get something done. I have to say that the more people I get to know, the more I love my dogs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • steveb
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    get a grip and a clue, animal abuse isnt on the rise its just its being reported more now and too much if you ask me. for christ sakes you get in more trouble now for not feeding a dog than you do for drunk driving. give me a break melanie sears

    These poor animals depend on us for their well being and we are letting them down

    half of the animals been around longer than humans and they dont need us. you better be a vegetarian if your making comments like that

  • Heather
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Steve - Abuse is being reported too much?! Give me a break. And for the record - I am a vegetarian.

  • Brad
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    The animals have more brains than their abusive owners. The perpetrators should be banned from owning animals for the rest of their lives. Animal laws are a joke in this province, and the inbred hicks take full advantage.

  • Melanie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Well let me say this Steveb..........I guess not feeding a dog or abusing animals will stop all those drunk driver's??? If drunk driver's are not getting sufficient punishment, who's fault is that, the abused animals??? Two wrongs don't make a right and the issue at hand is animal abuse , not drunk driver's. I guess we could bring child abuse into the scenario as well. For god sake, get a grip!! You sound like an animal lover, are ya????

  • Melanie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    I have to say that I am totally disgusted at the numbers of animal abuse that happens in the province. Instead of things getting better, it has gotten much worse. These poor animals depend on us for their well being and we are letting them down. I was told just recently from an employee with the SPCA that animal abuse has been on the rise. Our Government needs to intervene and get something done. I have to say that the more people I get to know, the more I love my dogs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • steveb
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    get a grip and a clue, animal abuse isnt on the rise its just its being reported more now and too much if you ask me. for christ sakes you get in more trouble now for not feeding a dog than you do for drunk driving. give me a break melanie sears

    These poor animals depend on us for their well being and we are letting them down

    half of the animals been around longer than humans and they dont need us. you better be a vegetarian if your making comments like that

  • Heather
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Steve - Abuse is being reported too much?! Give me a break. And for the record - I am a vegetarian.