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‘Heartbreaking’ animal stories can lead to change: SPCA – Newfoundland & Labrador

The story this week about a dog being driven through an automatic car wash in the back of a pickup in Labrador grabbed national attention. And it wasn’t the only animal abuse story from this province to make the news. 

“That one is brand new to me,” said St. John’s SPCA chairperson Simone Browne, of the car wash incident in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

“But we do get brand new stories all the time … abuse, neglect … the reality is these kinds of things are happening around us all the time.” 

“A lot of times people just don’t know any better, are not thinking, are just missing something other people might think is common sense,” Browne told CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show. 

“But the reality is in the age of social media we’re hearing about these horrific and heartbreaking things where we never would have heard of them before.”

More awareness, more improvement  

“That plays a very big role. Things that used to be looked away from, used to happen in the dark, are now being brought to our attention and I’m glad that in this age people are showing their outrage, their disappointment, their concern, because it causes changes.”

‘The important thing I think when we hear these stories is to definitely feel outraged, but put that outrage into something, and remember if you see something report it, that’s the message.’
– Simone Browne

Browne said updated legislation and more people willing to report suspected abuse and neglect are contributing to gradual change in attitudes in this province.

“So we have improved laws, we have more people who are out enforcing these laws now … there are people who are stepping up to the plate and really causing a lot of people to say, ‘you’re right, this has to stop and I will speak up.'”

‘If you see something, report it’ 

“The important thing I think when we hear these stories is to definitely feel outraged, but put that outrage into something, and remember if you see something report it. That’s…

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