Target: Marcie Moriarty, Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer at the British Columbia SPCA
Goal: File criminal charges against a woman who let six dogs die of heat stroke
A woman who left six dogs in the back of a truck finally admitted they died of heatstroke, despite originally reporting that they had been stolen. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are currently only considering charging her with public mischief charges, while the British Columbia SPCA is pushing for animal cruelty. However, no formal charges have been made at this time.
The woman, Emma Paulsen, is considered a professional dog-walker, and is hired regularly by pet owners in the community. On the day of the incident, Paulsen left the six dogs she was currently caring for in the back of an enclosed vehicle, on what was a very warm day in the town of Langley. When she returned a short time later, all six dogs had died. Paulsen then took the bodies and dumped them in a ditch in a neighboring town, before alerting officials that the dogs had been stolen.
Although it is probable that Paulsen, who had been walking one of the pets for several years, did not intend to kill these dogs, her actions show carelessness and neglect. Additionally, her actions in the aftermath show cruelty and disrespect to both the pets and their heartbroken owners. Sign the petition below, and tell the British Columbia SPCA and the RCMP to charge Emma Paulsen with Animal Cruelty.
Dear Ms. Moriarty,
Recently, Ms. Emma Paulsen admitted that the six dogs in her care had died of heat stroke when she left them in an enclosed vehicle while she stepped away. After discovering the bodies upon her return, she then dumped them in a neighboring ditch before reporting the dogs as missing. What followed was a desperate search for the dogs by the community that was exhaustive and, ultimately, pointless.
It doesn’t appear that Ms. Paulsen intended to kill these animals, although her neglectful actions of the moment did indeed do so. However, it is her actions in the aftermath – disposing the bodies, lying to police and the owners of those beloved pets – that are most despicable. Despite the severity of these actions, Ms. Paulsen has not been charged with any wrongdoing, but these are actions that cannot be ignored.
Currently, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are considering charging Ms. Paulsen with public mischief, but this is simply not enough. As an advocator of animal rights, I urge you and the BC SPCA to press forward in your fight of charging Ms. Paulsen with animal cruelty. These pets and their devastated owners deserve justice.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Petsearchers, via BBC News