P.E.I. family gives neglected hounds a second chance
Martell family called P.E.I. Humane Society after purchasing two pups in bad shape
A P.E.I. family has spent the last six months nursing their coonhound puppies back to health after calling the P.E.I. Humane Society to report animal neglect.
- Darnley man who chained up dogs in his barn pleads guilty to animal neglect
- Hounds seized by Humane Society last month destined for new homes
Elizabeth Davis and her father Mike Martell were looking for a couple of dogs like the beagles the family used to have. Davis saw an ad online for coonhounds and they arranged to buy two of the puppies for $100 each.
'They were terrified'
Davis says she and her father knew instantly that something was wrong when they went to pick up the dogs. A woman at the house went to get their puppies, which were huddled together in a kennel, she said.
"When she tried to take the coonhounds out, they wouldn't move, they were terrified," Davis said. "A puppy should want to come out and meet you and they wouldn't."
The two asked to see the rest of the puppies in the barn but said that request was turned down.
"When Dad and I left with the dogs, we looked at each other and said, something's not right," Davis said. "They were shaking, they were skinny but we took them anyway."
When they got the puppies home, there were more signs that something was wrong.
"She wouldn't walk on the floor, you couldn't take her outside because she was afraid of the wind, she was afraid of the grass," Davis said of her puppy, named Clarice Georgina. "She was so malnourished, all she did was sleep."
It was the same at the home of Mike and Tami Martell with the male puppy named Cletus George.
"He was anemic, starving to death, he was dehydrated and full of parasites to the point that you couldn't pick him up because his poor little belly was so extended and so sore," said Tami.
Davis called her vet to come and see the puppy.
"I knew something was wrong," Davis said. "She came out the next day to meet Clarice and realized she was malnourished, lethargic and that they needed their medicine."
The families slowly nursed the dogs through those first hours. They also made the decision to call the P.E.I. Humane Society.
"I made the call and they thanked me for it and said that they were going to head up there and check it out and then they seized the dogs," Davis said.
10 dogs seized
RCMP and the Humane Society investigated the property of 66-year-old Kenneth Brian Graham of Darnley, P.E.I., and seized ten dogs in November 2017. The dogs were skittish, underweight and tethered on short chains inside Graham's large barn, according to evidence later presented in court.
The Martell family was kept in the loop as charges were laid against Graham. They also provided photos and other evidence for the court case.
In early May, Graham pleaded guilty to animal neglect involving the 10 dogs that were seized.
"I thought it was fantastic but not enough. I know that they did what they could do but it's not enough," Davis said.
Her mother agrees.
"I believe he should have gotten some jail time," Tami said. "It would have been a really good opportunity to set a precedent and let people know that we're not going to put up with this."
Still, the Martell family has no regrets on giving their coonhounds, and the ones taken from the barn, a second chance.
"It was not their fault that they were born where they were born and treated the way they were treated," Tami said. "No animal should be treated so badly."
"It was the right thing to do," Mike said.