Cowichan Cares Speaks up for Teddy.

A horrific case of animal cruelty recently led to community action in Duncan when hundreds of people gathered together to demand action and justice for Teddy, a dog that was found starving and chained to a Duncan area home in February, with a rope cutting so deeply into his neck that it caused a massive infection. He later died from the infection.

The newly formed citizen group Cowichan Cares is hoping to channel all that emotion into real change and justice for abused animals. They are calling for those charged with Teddy’s case to face a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, and a lifetime ban on owning animals — as well as tougher animal cruelty laws altogether.

Victoria Humane Society Executive Director Penny Stone said, “We need to change the laws and to change enforcement. So there is tough enforcement and people go to jail and bad things happen to bad people instead, of a slap on the wrist.”

We want to thank the people of Cowichan Cares for their action and unified voices in this case. You will make a difference.

You are the lifeblood of our work on behalf of animals.

You are the lifeblood of our work on behalf of animals.

As a non-profit organization, the Victoria Humane Society depends entirely on donations from kind-hearted people like you. Every month, we rescue literally dozens of dogs and cats, and sometimes other small animals, many from horrific circumstances such as neglect, starvation and abuse. The associated costs of rescue are significant, from arranging transportation for the animals out of remote communities and into our care, to emergency medical bills to save animals lives, to spay and neuter costs, vaccinations, hospitalizations, medications and on-going food costs and incidentals. Monthly and one-time donors are literally our most critical form of support. We thank you for donating what you can today.

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