An American Indian man’s fight to get his dog back from a slaughterhouse is sparking an outcry in Canada
A man in the U.S. state of North Dakota is fighting to get the dog he named the “Hobo” back from an Ontario slaughterhouse.
In February, a court found the facility had violated the federal Animal Welfare Act by not humanely euthanizing the animal.
It was the latest example of the complex and ongoing battle over the treatment of dogs in the United States.
“It was a big blow,” said David Miller, the owner of the family-owned, two-year-old dog, Buddy.
The owner and a Canadian couple, who had bought Buddy from the University of Montana, were planning to go into business together. “
When they called to say they would like to get it, I went down there and got it and brought it back and got them back in touch.”
The owner and a Canadian couple, who had bought Buddy from the University of Montana, were planning to go into business together.
But the couple had a hard time getting an agreement to buy Buddy from slaughterhouse Cremec as part of a partnership with the Canadian Humane Society.
That meant a big payment had to be made.
“The process is complicated,” said Miller, who declined to provide his last name.
We said, yes, we would.” “
Then, when we were at the end of the month, they called and said, ‘We’d like to make an offer.’
We said, yes, we would.”
Miller and the couple met with the U of M’s Animal Welfare Officer, who agreed to buy the dog from Cremepoints Inc. The company was owned by a family in South Dakota.
But, after the couple’s efforts, they were denied.
Miller said they were also turned away by Cremercosts’ other slaughterhouses.
After a month, the dog finally made it to the North Dakota slaughterhouse, where he was greeted by a smiling manager.
The manager was so impressed with the dog’s personality that he told Miller that the owner and the Canadian couple could get a new dog.
The man said he would do whatever he could to make it happen.
But there was a catch.
“We had to make a deposit with the butcher and then pay the butcher a certain amount of money,” Miller said.
Miller and his wife, Heather, had no idea that the slaughterhouse was charging $500 for the dog.
It came out of their pocket, Miller said, but it had to go through the same process that had previously been required for buying and selling a new pet.
They had to pay a $1,000 fee for the butcher to check the animal and verify it had been properly slaughtered.
“And then, it had have to be returned to us,” he said.
“So, we did that.
And the next day, it came back.
And that was it.”
Miller said the couple is now waiting for their dog to be reunited with Buddy.
They said they’ll never again pay to buy a dog from slaughterhouses like Cremeral and would not be taking the money.
They were told by Crescents CEO that it was not a violation of federal or state laws to sell the dog and that they were only charging a $500 deposit, according to a letter obtained by CBC News.
The letter says the company has no plans to return the dog to the owners, who have since filed a lawsuit.
“As we’ve said many times, we believe in humane treatment of animals,” the letter reads.
“Unfortunately, Cremation Inc. has made a concerted effort to engage in a fraudulent business practice, which has deprived the owners of the dogs they paid for.”
Miller has since asked the company to return all of the dog, but the company said it would not.
“While we cannot provide a full accounting of the costs of processing and handling these orders, we do know that this action is costly to the company,” said Crescendo spokeswoman Megan Richey.
“That’s why we asked for a refund of the deposit.”
She said Cremencosts has a “zero tolerance” policy for any form of animal cruelty, including animal euthanasia.
Miller also said he hopes to eventually get Buddy back, and that he’s been in contact with the owner to arrange a time to reunite the dog with the couple.
“He said he’s not going to be coming back, so we’re going to have to move forward,” Miller added.
“Hopefully, he’s going to come back.”
The owners said they are not concerned about the legal proceedings against Cremences, which are still ongoing.
“There’s been a lot of anger, and it’s not surprising, because it’s been very stressful for me and my family,” said Heather Miller.
“But I’m happy that they’ve gotten it right.
I’m just going to hold onto it, because I love it