Animal lover wishes more people knew about Death Row dogs

Dear editor,

I would like to encourage awareness of what is going on in your own community regarding the issues with pets.

Dear editor,

I would like to encourage awareness of what is going on in your own community regarding the issues with pets.

When I put out petitions around the community to help two local Newfoundlander dogs, I was surprised to hear not a lot of people in our community were aware of this story of Chum and Champ.

They have been in the SPCA since January. They were taken from their owners, because they were accused of attacking another dog. Newfoundlanders are gentle giants and in this case that is what Chum and Champ are. This story has been in the courts since they were taken away from their home.

The victims in this case is the pets, and the owner of the Newfoundlander. I honestly think that this community should be aware and protect their pets and get this law changed.

It is not happening only in this community. There is a dog named Diesel that has been in the Kelowna SPCA for more than a year, waiting to hear if he is sentenced to death. There was another dog in Kelowna named Shadow that was in the SPCA for 15 months awaiting a death sentence, and was fortunately released back to her owners.

I am not saying the SPCA did this; they were contracted out to hold Chum and Champ. The sad part is Chum and Champ are like other dogs in this society today, waiting to find out their fate.

There are petitions around town. If you agree the dogs should be released, please sign the petition or go online to change.org and type in Chum and Champ GentleGiants and sign the petition, or go to Facebook and type in ChumandChamp and leave a comment.

This story has been in the Comox Valley Record a few times. Do a search and read stories if you are not familiar with this. This could be you one day with your pets. Don’t think this won’t happen to you.

Sandy Gormley,

Comox Valley