2009 BC Property Assessments

first_imgBC residents are again being reminded there will be some changes when homeowners get their property assessments from the provincial assessment agency this year.The notices will list a property’s market value, for both July 2008 and, July 2007, with the lower of the two values being used, as the official number for 2009.The move follows an announcement by Premier Campbell last November, that the government would freeze property assessments at 2007 levels, to help people cope with turbulent housing prices.Mr. Campbell also promised to bring in a measure, which would allow homeowners to temporarily defer paying their property taxes. – Advertisement –last_img

Shelter chided for extending sick dog’s life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jennifer Jo was shocked to see an ad for her golden retriever posted on the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s Web site last Monday.After all, Maggie, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness, was supposed to have been euthanized.Jennifer’s husband, Keita, had dropped Maggie off at the local humane society last Saturday with orders to put the dog to sleep. The couple’s veterinarian, Dr. M.S. Chaudhry of the South Pasadena Animal Hospital, had diagnosed Maggie with terminal cancer of the ear. Jennifer Jo said Chaudhry told them the dog was “suffering” and “needed to be put down.”Although Maggie was euthanized Tuesday at the insistence of the Jos, Jennifer Jo said it was “inhumane” to keep Maggie alive and suffering for as long as they did. Humane society officials say the dog could have lived longer.The organization’s president and CEO, Steve McNall, said his workers were just following the law, which requires them to keep the dog alive for at least a day. He also said a rescue group was interested in taking on Maggie and adopting her out to a family that would be willing to care for her.Though the humane society’s staff veterinarian and Chaudhry conferred and agreed it was acceptable to euthanize the dog, McNall said the humane society’s position was that Maggie did not have to be put down.The story started when the Jos adopted Maggie, a 56-pound golden retriever, who had been found in Sierra Madre when she was about 7 or 8 years old.“She had the sweetest face,” Jennifer Jo recalled. “She was calm – she just wanted love. “Humane society workers told the couple Maggie had an ear infection, but they later found out she had cancer. Chaudhry told them it would be best to put Maggie down, as the type of cancer she had was “aggressive.”So Keita Jo took Maggie back to the humane society and asked that she be put to sleep, per the veterinarian’s recommendation.McNall agrees that at that point, there may have been a “communication breakdown.”Rather than receiving a euthanasia form, Keita Jo received paperwork to fill out for returning an animal.“We were not going to euthanize her until (the correct form) was signed,” McNall said. “It was just a matter of having them come back.”After Jennifer Jo saw Maggie’s ad on the humane society’s Web site, she said she called and was treated poorly by a humane society worker.“She said we had no control over her, that she was in their hands now,” Jo said. “I asked for a supervisor, but she told me no one was available.”McNall said that often in emotional situations, things can be misunderstood.“People take certain words or body language the wrong way,” McNall said. “Our workers are very compassionate people with a tough job. They deal with, often times, a very uncaring public.”Jennifer Jo called Stephanie Bell, a cruelty case worker at the People for the Ethnical Treatment of Animals, or P.E.T.A., in Seattle. Bell said she contacted the Pasadena Humane Society to get their perspective, then encouraged Jo to go back to the shelter, fill out the correct paperwork and bring in Chaudhry’s records.“We strongly supported having the animal humanely euthanized to end the animal’s suffering,” Bell said.McNall said his organization worked with the couple and the P.E.T.A. representative to resolve this issue.“I think it’s admirable,” McNall said when asked what he would say to those discouraged by this situation. “At least we were trying to find out if the dog could spend a couple of years in another home. If she were in any type of pain, we would’ve treated her immediately and disciplinary action would’ve been taken. This was not the case. Cancer of the ear flaps involves slowly growing tumors.” [email protected](626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496last_img read more