Calling the SPCA on someone?

Has anyone in St. John’s had experience calling the SPCA on someone? Can it be done anonymously?

The situation is complicated at best, but I’ll explain what I mean, I’m getting very worried about the safety and health of a dog, it’s been on my mind a lot, and it’s time to do something about it.

Someone in my extended family recently split up from her husband, she was unfaithful and got caught, they sold their house and she wanted to keep the two year old dog they had. The person she is now seeing lives in a group home, and she has been staying there, but she is leaving the dog in a kennel in her vehicle at night. I haven’t seen her or the dog in a while, but last I heard the dog looked stressed and it’s skin was very dry. She is saying she can’t find a place that will rent to her with a dog, but I also know that she isn’t even looking for a place to live, so for the time being, this poor dog is being left in a vehicle all night, and who knows how long during the day, and especially with the hot temperatures we’ve been having, this to me is animal cruelty, I don’t know if they can do anything about it, but I at least want to try. I can’t take the dog in where I live, or else I would until I could find it a home, or take it somewhere where it could be cared for.

The reason I want to be anonymous is that, as angry as her behaviour makes me, and as much as I would love to see her get in trouble, if she knew who called the SPCA in her, it would cause a lot of drama within the family, she is extremely self centred and I know that this would cause a lot of trouble, what I want to do is call and say that I’m someone from the neighbourhood who has been noticing this dig in the vehicle most nights (I know the address where she is staying).

Basically I’m wondering what my options are. Talking to her like an adult is not an option, she doesn’t listen to anyone, and any attempt at suggesting things to her causes her to react very negatively, it’s already been suggested that she give the dog away to a new home, but she refuses to listen, and says that people should mind their own business.

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  1. nikki · May 31, 2013

    How do I report a case of animal cruelty or neglect?

    Please call 726-0301 and press option 0. An operator at our 24 hour message service will take all the details. Please leave your name and telephone number. This information is kept confidential but if you wish to remain anonymous you may do so. Please leave a description of the animal, the address of the problem and as many details about the owner and the animal’s situation as possible.

    From their website…

  2. J · May 31, 2013

    You can also call the city at 311. I had to call once and found them very helpful.

  3. Erin · May 31, 2013

    I’ve had to do that and I can tell you it was kept confidential. Good luck and thanks for having the dog’s best interests in mind!! :)

  4. shadowwood · May 31, 2013

    before you jump to thinking big brother will fix all of the problems of the world you may want to consider the consequences of your actions. while it’s laudable to want to effect a positive change in this dogs life, be careful that your eagerness to solve a guilty conscience doesn’t take precedent. 2 year old dogs are considered hard-sells at the animal shelter, as in, they have loads of older dogs and not enough people willing to take them, everyone wants a ‘puppy’. While I doubt the SPCA will even get involved in this particular case, given the fact that one sees dogs living on the streets with homeless people all the time, you should consider that you may be signing this dogs death warrant, and an early euthanization may not be the dogs preference to a life living in a car. if you want to effect real positive change why not try to help your relative in finding proper shelter, she is your relative and a human being afterall, shouldnt your concern be for her first anyhow? fix her problem and the dogs problem will be fixed in the process.

  5. W · May 31, 2013

    I resent that… This person is trying to better this animals life. Calling the SPCA does not mean that they are signing the animals death warrant. Leaving the dog in a hot car can kill it, so the longer this situation continues, the more likely the animal will suffer. The SPCA does everything they can to ensure that an animal is given proper care. They have been working with people to foster as many animals as possible, they also bring animals to the vet and have health issues cared for while the animals are under their charge.

    To OP, I suggest you do what you can to help this animal if you are honestly concerned, because what we both know for sure, the animal can’t do anything to help itself.

  6. OP · May 31, 2013

    Thanks for the replies everyone, the situation has been resolved, this person finally found a place to live, and while I still dont think she takes good enough care of that dog, at least it has a home to live in,. and not be left in a vehicle.

    Also, in response to this . . .

    if you want to effect real positive change why not try to help your relative in finding proper shelter, she is your relative and a human being afterall, shouldnt your concern be for her first anyhow? fix her problem and the dogs problem will be fixed in the process.

    . . . that was not an option, me, and several other family members, said that very thing to her, we offered to call a shelter, or find another home for it, one relative offered to take the dog in, she refused, and said that the person who offered to take the dog in was, get this, too irresponsible to look after it . . . You cant help anyone who isn’t willing to help themselves. Basically, this relative is a huge asshole who will not listen to anyone trying to help her. I didn’t know what else to do, I couldn’t just kidnap the dog, despite wanting to, and talking to her on a reasonable level just didn’t work. Regardless, the dog is okay for the time being, again, thanks for all the replies.

  7. shadowwood · May 31, 2013

    W : You’ve clearly never been involved with the SPCA before, except perhaps going to peer at the cute dogs like going to a petting zoo, there is a dark side to this place which us unavoidable and no fault of theirs, but with a limited financial base and a local population who doesn’t generally believe or care to neuter their animals. Rather than getting resentful and supporting an action that very likely will lead to this dogs early execution you could instead be rational for a second and get past your kneejerk emotional response which wants to believe that the SPCA is a bunch of sweetypies who go around spreading lollipops and cottoncandy on every dogs life. Truth is there are a lot of good people at the SPCA and they work hard to improve animals welfare, but in the end in this particular instance the most they will do is take the dog into ‘protective custody’, with a nice two week lifespan on that dog to be adopted before euthanization is enforced by policy to make room for the next batch of unwanted animals.