8:30 a.m., Sept. 30)
Animal rescue shelter owner to fight inadequate care allegations
Animal Rescue Corporation owner Michelle Mayer
is surrounded by supporters days after being
charged with failing to provide adequate care
for her animals by the Ottawa Humane Society.
owner of an animal rescue shelter on Navan Road says she
plans to fight allegations that she failed to provide
adequate care to the animals she's rescued from death's
Mayer says the allegations, which include three charges
of failure to provide an adequate standard of care and
one charge of failure to provide adequate water, are without
merit and she palns to fight them in court.
founded the Navan Animal Rescue Corporation, or NARC,
in 2007 to rescue dogs that had been earmarked for euthanasia
by area SPCAs in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. She
cares for the animals for various lengths of time until
she can find a good home for them with area families.
2007, she has rescued and found homes for over 1,000 dogs,
all of which would have been killed if she hadn't intervened.
average she takes in between six and 10 dogs a week although
she has taken in as many as 15 dogs on a busy weekend.
The centre is run entirely through donations. Mayer doesn't
receive any government funding of any kind.
is particular upset about media reports that the dogs
under her care seldom, if ever, see a vet. When asked
to answer the allegation, she produces a pile of vet bills
two inches thick. In the past year alone, she has spent
over $60,000 on veterinarian services. The money is raised
entirely through donations from NARC supporters, many
of whom have adopted dogs from the centre.
the dogs never saw a vet and they were that unhealthy,
no one would ever adopt them," says Mayer.
Animal Hospital owner, Dr. Sabah Mobarak, says Mayer brings
her dogs into the clinic on a regular basis at least once
a week, if not more.
brings them to me for every single problem they have.
She is doing all she can to help those animals,"
says Dr. Mobarak.
for the specific allegation that she failed to provide
adequate water for the dogs, Mayer says it's a matter
dogs don't have a water bowl in front of them all the
time, because they move around and they tip them over
a lot especially when they're in their pens and them their
bedding gets wet," explains Mayer. "But they
get water on a regular basis all the time."
the day the dogs are kept on leashes in the open or in
large pens that are about four feet by eight feet in demension,
much bigger than the cages dogs are kept in at the Ottawa
Humane Society, and at night they stay in a moblue trailer
turned into an animal shelter.
says she does the best she can with what she has and the
proof is in the hundreds of dogs who she has given a second
life to and the hundreds of people who have adopted animals
from the centre, many of whom are already sending letters
of support to her.
Mayer could have easily closed the rescue shelter when
a fire destroyed her house on New Year's Eve in 2009,
but instead of closing down she moved into the trailed
with the dogs for two years while she waited for her house
to get rebuilt. She made it through that ordeal thanks
to the outpouring of support from friends, clients and
even some complete strangers who have become friends since,
and she plans to make it through this latest challenge
with the same network of support.
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