Stop Abuse by Increasing Regulation in Animal Rescues

Target: Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba

Goal: Create and implement regulations to stop animal abuse in animal rescues.

Activists are calling for oversight of animal rescues to be increased after dead and severely ill dogs were found in the home of a Manitoba dog rescue director. Unlike shelters, which must be licensed,  rescue operations can be set up by any ordinary citizen. These citizens are then allowed to solicit donations from the public in order to keep the rescues running. This lack of oversight can allow rescue operators to exploit animals for the sake of profit or neglect them due to poverty.

Officials with the Winnipeg Humane Society found the scene while investigating the discovery of five  dead dogs. Upon entering the rescue director’s home, they found another dead dog as well as over a dozen dogs suffering varying degrees of illness. According to the Humane Society, the conditions inside the home were filthy. One animal in particular had eyes so infected that they were held shut with pus, and had rashes all over his face, likely from an untreated skin condition.

While the vast majority of animal rescues work hard to improve the lives of the animals brought to them, it’s important that regulations are put in place to prevent the abuse of animals, however uncommon the occurrence. In order to ensure that greedy and neglectful rescues cannot operate, inspection and oversight of these facilities must also be implemented. Sign the petition below to ask the government to work with legitimate rescue groups and the Humane Society to create and implement anti-abuse regulations for animal rescues.


Dear Mr. Pallister,

An investigation is currently underway after dead and severely ill dogs were found in the home of a dog rescue operator. The dogs were kept in squalid conditions and were suffering myriad health problems, including eye infections and skin rashes. One dog was even found dead.

Though rare, these abusive rescue operations give legitimate animal rescues a bad name. In order to preserve the integrity of rescue operations as well as protect innocent animals from cruelty, regulations must be implemented and inspections must be conducted to ensure compliance. We, the undersigned, ask that you work with animal advocacy organizations in order to create and enforce new regulations for animal rescue operations.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Amaya Eguizabal

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