Diesel the dog needs to go home.Â
In a sickening TV item showing him being taunted and provoked by SPCA staff together with dog behaviour specialists who were probably sent out by the Central Okanagan Regional District, who are in on this, Diesel refused to attack. Multiple humans ganging up, trying to trick this animal into the behaviour of which it is accused.
Instead, Diesel became "meek and submissive" by one account, a horrible indication he is undergoing at the very least mental abuse and cruelty. The dog's spirit is being broken.
Diesel's owner, Dave Smith, has his visits so restricted it is monstrous. In one photo, the ecstatic animal is standing up with front paws on his owner's chest, the love between them obvious. This poor dog has been caged for months, since, we've been told, there was a confrontation with another dog. Â
Wow, how unusual. Even my two sweet girl-cats get it on now and then, after years together.
Smith has agreed with conditions to be met before releasing his dog is considered and has even offered extra ideas he'll voluntarily implement. Diesel is being fed from food the owner is forced to provide. So the SPCA and regional district officials would let it starve, otherwise? That's the threat, obviously.
This case isn't about a dog, anymore, it's about power - or more accurately, abuse of power.
Diesel doesn't know why he's being punished. Â
What I hate is that this could end up with the SPCA and the district's minions distressing Diesel long enough, that when tormented again he might finally snap from sheer despair, and they'll have their justification for having imprisoned him for months. Then they can kill him and say they've done the right thing all along.
Millions of dollars are raised by donations provincewide for the SPCA, and good is done, but problems exist. Add in tax-funded regional district power mongers, and Diesel and his owner (which could be any of us) have tumbled into a bureaucratic hell hole.
One tussle with another dog does not a death sentence warrant. I urge the SPCA and CORD to take the high road. You've proved your point: the animal is cowed, the owner has learned, they've both been punished royally. Release Diesel.