Graphic Video: Pet Groomer Caught On Tape Abusing Dogs Get The Boot

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“Okay…what’s the name of this POS This abuser needs more than getting the boot, I hope many complain so an investigation can be started & she be found guilty & have to pay for her crime. If I found out my dog groomer was abusing any of my dogs, God help him…Wheelchair or not I would kick his butt to hell! then run over him!!”

On June 13, 2013, a pet stylist from Fur Kids Daycare in Calgary, Canada, was fired after she was caught on tape abusing dogs.

The video shows the abuser using a brush to hit a pet client while the innocent animal cowers to protect himself from the blows. On a separate clip, the abuser is also seen using a vacuum cleaner pole to drag a dog out of its kennel.

Global News report says the tape was secretly recorded by former employee Trina Riel.

“It’s absolutely disgusting,” said Riel. “There were days when I would end up tearing up in the grooming room. I’d have to go outside and say I was going on a break, and I would just hide my face.”

Dean Miles, owner of Fur Kids Daycare, spoke with the Calgary Herald and said this was the first time any allegations of abuse have been brought against his employees.

“The safety of our dogs is the most important thing because that’s our business,” said Miles.

The Calgary Humane Society has opened an investigation against the pet groomer and is asking the public to come forward if they believe and have evidence of their animals being abused by the same person.

“The number of calls we’ve received has been overwhelming,” said Christy Thompson, general manager of community relations for the Calgary Humane Society. “Calgary and the public have been completely outraged by the video.

Anybody who believes that their animal has been in contact with this particular groomer, please give us a call. The more evidence we have the better.”

To contact Calgary Humane Society call 403-205-4455.]

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“I found this video you tube …As always viewer discretion advised, it’s quite upsetting to see a dog being hit, for doing nothing wrong!! Sick bitch, shouldn’t be allowed to own or work with animals ever again. Sorry I still can’t find her name??!”

Dog Groomer Abuses Animals At Calgary Grooming Salon

Published on 14 Jun 2013

A groomer at a downtown dog daycare and grooming facility was fired Thursday evening after allegations of animal abuse surfaced late last week, the daycare’s owner confirmed.Dean Miles, who owns Fur Kids Daycare, said he was shown videos last Friday that showed the groomer apparently striking a dog and trying to force another out of a kennel using a vacuum cleaner.The videos were allegedly taken last Tuesday by a former employee, who was also the groomer’s apprentice, Miles said.

“The safety of our dogs is the most important thing because that’s our business,” Miles said. “When things like this happen, you’ve got to react to it.”This is the first time there have been any allegations of animal abuse at the daycare, said Miles.

The Calgary Humane Society is currently investigating and has seen “several” videos, said Brad Nichols, head of the Calgary Humane Society’s protection and investigations department.”We’re lookingat the video, we’re gathering statements, and once we have everything compiled, we’ll send it to the Crown prosecutor’s office for an opinion on appropriate enforcement action, if any,” Nichols said.The Humane Society receives a “handful” of abuse allegations against groomers and boarders each year, he said.

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Chuckwagon race that killed three Calgary Stampede horses spurs fresh calls to ban event

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The deaths of three horses in a chuckwagon-racing accident at the Calgary Stampede has ignited renewed demands by animal-welfare advocates to ban the exciting but dangerous event.

“We think that all the changes that the Calgary Stampede has been publicizing over the past few months that were supposed to make this race safe obviously haven’t worked,” Peter Fricker, a spokesman for the Vancouver Humane Society, told the Globe and Mailon Friday.

Chad Harden races his wagon in the Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon event during the 100th anniversary of the Calgary

[ Related: Research aims to reduce horse deaths at chuckwagon races ]

Going into this year’s centennial edition of the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” some 50 horses have died since 1986 in chuckwagon racing, four in 2010 and two last year.

The GMC Rangeland Derby is the highlight of the Stampede’s daily rodeo events.

The fourth heat of Thursday night’s racing card was underway when the lead horse in Chad Harden’s wagon collapsed in the back stretch, CBC News reported. That caused a chain-reaction that brought down three other horses on the team and sent one of the team’s two outriders and his horse toppling over the wagon. The outrider was not hurt, nor was Harden despite being flung from his wagon seat, the Globe reported.

The outrider’s horse and the other lead horse on the wagon rig were badly injured and were euthanized.

“It’s just devastating for our whole family,” a sobbing Harden said after the crash, which he called “just one of those bad accidents.

“We try our best to make sure they’re all healthy. The outriding horse was 18 years old, and I’ve had him for 13 years. He’s part of our family.”

Veterinarians were to perform a necropsy on the horse that collapsed to try and determine why it went down.

[ Related: The Calgary Stampede at 100 ]

Animal researchers had equipped a number of chuckwagon horses with wireless electrocardiogram-monitoring gear to try and detect heart problems in horses before they run. The Vancouver Humane Society, which has led the fight to ban rodeo events such as chuckwagon racing and calf roping because they are seen as cruel, had been skeptical about the work to make the frenetic race safer.

Yet, Stampede spokesman Doug Fraser dismissed Fricker’s call for an end to chuckwagon racing. The Vancouver Humane Society is an “activist group with an activist agenda,” he told the Globe.

“We rely on the advice from heavy animal experts. We don’t rely on the advice from organizations like VHS.”

The Vancouver society’s Calgary counterpart said it’s against using animals for entertainment but concedes events like the chuckwagon races aren’t going away.

“We think that working with the Stampede is the best that we can do to help make these events as safe as possible,” Calgary Human Society’s Christy Thompson told the Globe.

But Fricker said the nature of the race makes it hard to improve safety. “Then it’s pretty darn obvious it should be stopped!”

Up to four teams, including two outriders each, start the race by careening around a figure-eight section before charging onto the main track. The crush of wagons and outriders often leads to pileups.

“There’s just not very much room,” said Fricker. “They’re making very tight turns and they’re going at high speed.”

Critics have also pointed to the selective breeding of chuckwagon horses, which are far removed from the cow ponies of yore. Fricker said research suggests some horses have legs too weak for their bodies. After four horses died in 2010, chuckwagon racing rules were changed, cutting the number of outriders to two from four and mandating pre-race vet checks and rest days between races. But Fricker told CBC News it’s clear they haven’t made the racing any safer.

“We think that there’s something more fundamentally wrong with the race, and we’re calling for a suspension of the chuckwagon races and a full and fundamental safety review to be conducted,” he said.

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Animals rights group compares Calgary Stampede’s calf roping event to abusing a baby in new ad

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A new ad by an animals right group compares calf roping at the Calgary Stampede to abusing a three-month old baby.

The Vancouver Humane Society ad was published Thursday in a Calgary weekly newspaper and shows a diaper-clad child next to young calf.

The caption says: “Just three months old – Would you abuse a baby to entertain a crowd?”

The Vancouver Human Society has called for an outright ban of calf-roping at all rodeo events in Canada and has specifically asked the Calgary Stampede — which starts Friday — to drop the event.

The group says calf roping — which features animals between three and four months old — is the “most inhumane” of all events at the Stampede.

Surrey, B.C. Mayor Dianne Watt has called upon her counterpart in Calgary, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, to push for an end to calf roping.

The Calgary Humane Society is opposed to calf roping but instead of calling for a ban is focusing its efforts on regulating rodeo events to minimize harm to animals.

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Bob Barker on the Calgary Stampede rodeo: ‘close it down’

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CALGARY — For prominent animal rights activist and TV game show legend Bob Barker, no rodeo is a good rodeo.

Bob Barker says: “I would like very much to see them celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede by saying that is enough animal cruelty.”

Despite efforts by the Calgary Stampede to make its animal events safer for both critters and cowboys, the man who signed off each episode of The Price is Right with a plea for people to neuter there pets would like to see an end to the display of western skills.

“I would like very much to see them celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede by saying that is enough animal cruelty,” Barker said recently in an interview with The Canadian Press. “Let’s wind it up and close it down.

The Calgary Stampede marks it 100th birthday when it kicks off Friday and still the rodeo remains a lightning rod for controversy.

Rodeo events at the Stampede invariably sell out each year, but concerns over animal welfare have become more prevalent over the last decade and were magnified in 2010 after six horses died.

In 2011, the Stampede adopted new rules for rodeo events and chuckwagon races to try to provide more protection for both human and animal participants.

All horses are now inspected by veterinarians when the animals arrive at the Stampede and before and after every race. There is also a mandatory rest day after every four days of racing.

The number of outriders that accompany each chuckwagon as it thunders around a dirt track was reduced to two from four in an effort to reduce congestion and possible accidents. Several riders have been seriously injured over the years.

The 88-year-old Barker doesn’t buy the attempt.

“I doubt seriously if they’ve made any great strides in making rodeo safe. I don’t know how they could and I would imagine they talk about it more than they actually do.”

He criticized his former game show earlier this year for giving away trips to the Calgary Stampede as part of a prize package.

“I know that every national animal protection organization is absolutely opposed to rodeo and the Calgary Stampede is considered one of the most despicable of all rodeos in the world.”

The criticism doesn’t surprise Stampede organizers.

“You put it in perspective. We have to hold true to our own values and we know in our heart what outstanding treatment we provide for all of our animals in the show,” said Bob Johnson, Stampede vice-chairman.

“We know we’ll never escape opinions from certain elements of the public. But we hold true to ourselves and the excellent treatment we provide in that regard, but we always seek to improve.”

While the Calgary Humane Society has applauded the work of the Stampede around protecting animals and works closely with organizers, the Vancouver Humane Society has been a vocal opponent. It says more than 50 chuckwagon horses have died since 1986.

The Vancouver organization is taking a more measured approach than Barker, asking only that calf roping be banned.

“We do think there are people across Canada, including in Calgary, who have concerns about animal welfare at the rodeo in particular with calf roping. That’s why our campaign objective is to see an end to calf roping at the Stampede and we think that is a reasonable objective,” said Peter Fricker.

“We think it is in terms of the stress and fear and pain the animal is subjected to the worst event at the Stampede and we’re hoping our campaign will continue to raise the concerns about that event.”

“Sorry I have to go with Mr Bob…No rodeo is a good rodeo!!”

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Urge The Mayor Of Calgary To Stop The Stampede

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On July 6 the Calgary Stampede will once again see animals abused for entertainment in its infamous rodeo in Alberta, Canada. More than 80 animals have died at the Stampedesince 1986 and many more have been subjected to fear, pain and stress to make them perform for the crowds.

Terrified 3 month old calves are treated so cruelly they are often injured or killed

One of the worst events is calf-roping, in which terrified three-month-old calves are goaded out of a chute, chased at speeds of up to 27 miles per hour and roped to a jarring halt before being picked up and slammed to the ground. Rodeo is opposed by virtually every animal welfare organization in the world, yet thousands of tourists still flock to the event not knowing about the animal cruelty involved.

The League is working with theVancouver Humane Society in Canada to ensure more people learn the truth about rodeo animal suffering.  You can help by boycotting rodeos if you travel to Canada or the U.S.  

You can also contact the Mayor of Calgary, Mr. Naheed Nenshi, to urge him to support a ban on calf-roping. (He is a member of the Stampede’s board of directors) The Mayor can be emailed at or you can visit the VHS website to complete their online form.

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Some Stampede Horses Are Sent To Slaughter

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For the first time, the Calgary Stampede is acknowledging its unwanted rodeo horses are sent to an Alberta slaughterhouse for meat.

One of the Stampede horses at its ranch near Hanna, Alberta.

Stampede officials say the slaughterhouse in Fort Macleod is a destination of last resort for a very few number of the male horses that can’t be trained to buck.

“The selection would be in the order of 20 horses a year that wouldn’t be suitable for something else and would have to go this route,” says Dr. Greg Evans, a Stampede veterinarian.

The female horses that aren’t suitable for sport can be put into the Stampede ranch’s breeding program.

The Calgary Humane Society, which works with the Stampede on animal welfare, says there ought to be a better option.

We adamantly oppose this practice. And we would hope, perhaps, the Stampede would look at other options. There are horse rescues in Alberta that I’m sure would help with animals no longer needed,” says Christy Thompson, from the Calgary Humane Society.

Dr. Evans defends the Stampede’s decision saying bucking horses aren’t typically appropriate for riding, or pets.

“Basically, because they’re bred to buck, they’re semi-feral so they’re wilder than the average horse and a lot of them it’s a temperament problem so they’re not going to be comfortable in confinement of any kind,” says Dr. Evans.

“I’m sorry but I disagree, the horses are not semi-wild with temperament problems…they are made that way by putting flank straps on which cause  unnecessary discomfort & possibly pain, plus the riders dig their spurs in the horses neck & withers, then of course they are electrically shocked whilst in the chute! 

“I bet if I put a flank strap on any of my horses & treated them like the above, they would buck & bronc like crazy…until the irritation was removed…but then I would be charged with animal cruelty. Same if I was in a field chasing & roping baby cow’s, resulting in snapped necks & broken bones…I would be charged with cruelty!”

“The rodeo mafia don’t care about any of the animals used in rodeo, if they did, rodeo would have ceased to exist, the moment humans realized animals have rights & feel pain! How can they charge the public money, to watch them deliberately cause pain to animals & not be charged as one would if it were done to animals anywhere else? They cause pain from electric shocks & prods, spurs, roping animals by horse, flank straps etc. etc.”

“Typical example below, thanks to SHARK for being there & capturing the truth.  Whilst the horse is bucking to get rid of the irritation & pain, caused by the flank strap, & the rider who’s digging his spur’s in, the horse broncs & lands awkwardly, breaking his leg!”

“His leg is broken at the knee, it’s literally dangling, held on with a bit of muscle tissue! The fake cowboy’s just stand around whilst the horse is spooked by the noise etc! One guy gets off his horse to undo the strap, but his horse wanders off…instead of staying with the horse in pain….he’s more bothered about his own horse, how heartless!!!

“It should have been put to sleep on the spot, but then that’s lost money, why put it down when it could fetch around $300 at slaughter?  See the trailer being pulled up… If an animal can walk or hobble onto the slaughter wagon, then it will go to slaughter. I have seen videos of horses coming off the slaughter wagon with broken legs, hooves missing etc.” 

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The Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo kills a horse in the name of tradition. May 19, 2012.

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Breaking Investigation: Horses’ 36-Hour Journey to Slaughter Exposed

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“The following is very upsetting for anyone who loves animals & horses, especially those who own horses like myself; which is why I have inserted the PETA Video at the end. Please use your own discretion on viewing it! . If you are an American or Canadian Citizen, please use your voice…put an end to their suffering…Please!!”

“Once again, my fellow animal warrior & sister against animal abuse, has lent her exquisite voice & artistic impression, toward the fight against horse slaughter!.” 

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Slaughtering horses for human consumption, or any other reason, is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE and we need to stand up all together against this atrocious practice before anymore horses are killed. 

Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are killed for their flesh. Worse still, they are forced to endure journeys of hundreds of miles in cramped trucks—often in extreme weather without food or a drop of water—before reaching slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. It is a cruel industry that has been hidden from sight—until now.

This spring, PETA investigators rode with and followed a transporter from a meat buyer’s property in Iowa to the Les Viandes de la Petite Nation Inc. slaughterhouse in Québec. U.S. law permits horses to be hauled for 28 hours and sometimes longer without being off-loaded. PETA’s investigator witnessed how the 33 horses aboard the transporter endured a 1,100-mile,36-hour journey in subfreezing conditions and were never given food, water, or a chance to unload.

This long, grueling ride is only a small part of the torment that many tired, injured horses endure. Panicked horses—including thoroughbreds, standardbreds, quarter horses, and draft horses—are crowded inside “kill pens” at livestock auctions across the country. At an auction in Iowa, horses waited for hours before they were corralled toward the auction ring, weighed, and finally sold. The heavy hydraulic gates used to separate the horses as they entered the auction area frequently slammed shut on their heads and necks—just one more ordeal in the long and traumatic journey to their deaths.

PETA investigators found ex-racehorse Royale With Speed, the grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, packed inside a “kill pen” in Kalona, Iowa. By the time investigators saved him, Royale With Speed had been purchased by a meat buyer and was hours away from a harrowing ride to slaughter. He was severely exhausted and running a fever, and his lymph nodes were swollen and later burst with pus—yet he was still scheduled to be killed for human consumption. Following weeks of intensive care, Royale with Speed fully recovered. He was purchased by animal advocate and fitness trainer Jillian Michaels and then adopted by a PETA patron in New Mexico. He will lead a wonderful life.

Royale With Speed was saved from the slaughterhouse, where he would have faced a terrifying death. Undercover video footage taken inside the Québec facility revealed that at least 40 percent of the horses were still conscious after receiving a captive-bolt shot to the head. One horse suffered through an agonizing 11 shots before finally collapsing. In another instance, a worker was taped waving good-bye mockingly to a dying horse. In February, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency temporarily closed the slaughterhouse, but the plant resumed operations just days later and is now attempting to use rifles in place of captive-bolt guns, even though they have been shown to be a cruel and ineffective way to stun horses.

Your voice is needed today please click this link to sign petitions:-! American or Canadian Citizen

  • If you are an American citizen, voice your support for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, which would prevent U.S. horses from being transported to slaughterhouses, effectively ending the slaughter of U.S. horses for food. The bill is currently sitting in committees in Congress and may fall through the cracks if we don’t act fast. Jillian has penned letters to the committee chairs urging each to consider the bill. Join her in contacting the committee chairs and sign your letter below.
  • If you are a Canadian citizenvoice your support for C-322, which would ban the import and export of horses for slaughter for human consumption in Canada.

Published on 17 Apr 2012 by 

A PETA investigator gets on board a slaughterhouse-bound truck in order to expose the fate of unwanted horses, from the auction house to the supermarket. (long verision)

Record number of Alta. wild horses caught, many slaughtered for meat

CALGARY — A record number of wild horses were captured in Alberta this year — a sevenfold increase from the average — and many are slaughtered for their meat, said the president of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society.

Alberta allows for the humane capture of wild horses, and in the last five years an average of 30 horses have been captured per year.

This year, Sustainable Resource Development says 216 horses were captured between December 2011 and February 2012 of a possible 237 permits issued for the season. They are usually caught west of Sundre, Alta.

Bob Henderson, president of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society, said more than 90 per cent of the horses that are captured are sent for slaughter.

“These horses are part of our natural heritage,” said Henderson.

His organization doesn’t oppose capturing wild horses if it’s done for adoption and the group managed to get nine of wild horses this year for that purpose.

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