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Published:July 31st, 2011 18:21 EST
SPCA Denies Reports of Euthanasia Plans for Faith

SPCA Denies Reports of Euthanasia Plans for Faith

By Ernest Dempsey

The story of Faith spread like a fire through the Internet after Digital Journal published a special reportbased on an interview with Kalena Mallon of Brantford, Ontario. Mallon told that the dog saved her life after she was hit by a sudden attack of stroke and passed out along the road. The dog came from somewhere and stood by her, sheltering her and drawing attention of people until Mallon`s husband caught sight of the scene and rushed out to help his wife. After she was revived, the family called SPCA to learn whether the dog belonged to somebody. The SPCA took the dog in its custody since Ontario`s law does not allow pit bulls to be kept by anyone.     

In no time, citizen journalists and bloggers got breath of this story and, based on Mallon and her husband`s account of the incident, they all published the news as an emergency situation whereby the dog, named Faith by Mallon, was reported in danger of being euthanized by the SPCA. A number of repetitions of the story appeared on numerous blogs, some of them causticand resentful, asking the public to act to save Faith from death by writing to the SPCA and the authorities.

But the SPCA now denies of any such thing as euthanasia ever planned or mentioned by it. The Expositor, Saturday, July 30, presents SPCA`s position on the story according to which, Faith will live at a new home in Western Canada and travel arrangements for her are underway. SPCA branch manager Robin Kuchma says the dog was never in jeopardy and is adoptable. Following the story of Faith as posted and reposted by bloggers online, telling that faith had only a week to live if not saved, SPCA received hundreds of emails from Canada and North America as well as many phone calls, all asking for "pardoning` the dog. Some of the emails harshly questioned SPCA`s "murderous` practice of killing animals, as assumed from the Internet posts.    

SPCA tells that it had told Mallon`s husband Ferguson that they would try placing the dog in foster care and if that didn`t work, then they explore alternatives. The latter, however, was apparently taken for euthanasia by Ferguson. As of now, Faith is confirmed to be safe and getting ready to fly west next week.