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St. Catharines Standard
Saturday April 12, 2008

Queen Waldorf continues to inspire thousands who want tougher cruelty laws

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Posted 2 hours ago

A group inspired to action by the ordeal of abandoned German shepherd Queen Waldorf will continue to push for a tougher animal cruelty bill.

About 18,000 people in Niagara have signed a petition calling on Ottawa to adopt private member’s Bill C-373 calling for tougher animal cruelty laws.

Earlier this week, the House of Commons voted in support of another bill that stiffens penalties for animal abuse. But animal rights groups argued Bill S-203 doesn’t go far enough.

“We’re going to continue the petition as usual and wait for the private member’s bill to come up,” said Sherry Nath, the petition organizer from Stoney Creek who runs the site The German shepherd became a rallying point for local animal rights supporters when she was found abandoned near Marineland in Niagara Falls in April 2007.

The emaciated dog had 2.25 kilograms of weights tied around her neck with a rope and was wearing a collar that was too tight.

The owner faces three charges of animal neglect and has a trial scheduled for April 28.

Queen Waldorf has since been adopted by a St. Catharines woman.

Nath said Bill S-203 doesn’t change antiquated wording of current laws that makes it difficult to prosecute someone for “wilful” intent to harm an animal. She said the law lets 99 per cent of animal abusers fall through the cracks.

“That’s a very frightening statistic,” Nath said, adding literature shows individuals who are capable of harming animals can progress to more severe behaviour.

The petition has been signed by 147,000 people, including 18,000 from Niagara, who have been inspired by Queen Waldorf’s story.

“She’s famous,” Nath said. “She’s really well-known across the country and around the world.”

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