Constant complaints for Glenmore owner of wolves

Wolf owner says many calls have been made to dog control and the SPCA about him, and he is fed up dealing with the complaints.

Jim Simkins and Rocco

Jim Simkins feels he has been consistently harassed, and he is tired of it.

For the past four years, Simkins has been living his childhood dream of raising wolves on an acreage on Glenmore Road.

Simkins has eight wolves and eight dogs, and says that working with them is a lot of fun, what he calls the “ultimate” experience.

However, he says many calls have been made to dog control and the SPCA about him, and he is fed up dealing with the complaints.

He says any time the SPCA has brought an issue to his attention, such as not meeting the required fencing, he has met the requirements and the issue has been resolved.

When contacted, SPCA confirmed that all of their past issues have always been resolved.

The number of complaints came to a breaking point recently when an unknown number of people entered Simkins’ property where his animals are kept when he wasn’t around.

“They couldn’t see the water (for the animals) because a truck was in the way,” he explained.

“They filled a bucket of water, that still had some hydraulic fluid in it, and they dropped it over the fence.

“Luckily the dogs drank out of the normal water, or I’d have a bunch of dead dogs and dead wolves because of them.”

Simkins noted vandals also tried breaking into the enclosure where he keeps his animals, as one of the latches on a gate was knocked off and one of the locks was damaged.

Simkins’ issues have dated back the full four years he has been raising wolves, and with the exception of one year-long break without any complaints, the complaints have occurred on average every three or four months.

Simkins said many of the complaints have turned out to be false, such as his puppies starving, that he was giving them away for dog food or he was operating a puppy mill.

One complaint indicated Simkins had 18 dogs in his front yard and another 30 in the back yard.

In addition to the complaints that have led to the SPCA and dog control showing up, he has also had his house broken into and a husky and her puppy stolen.

“I’m tired of being slaughtered,” Simkins explained.

“I need the public to realize I’m doing good, not bad. I’m not a bad person, I’m not harming my animals, but this is what I’m getting from people.”

Simkins is currently in the process of building a kennel, and he said due to the construction there is a mess around his animal enclosure.

Simkins believes people may see the mess and from that make judgments about the wellbeing of his animals.

He asks anyone who has concerns to fully check things out before contacting the SPCA or dog control.

Simkins is also clear in expressing that he has no issue with either agency and understands why they must follow up on received complaints.

Despite the stress and feeling of harassment that Simkins has experienced the past four years, he hasn’t given up on continuing his childhood dream—in addition to the kennel he is building, he wants to construct an agility course and a wolf sanctuary for injured wild wolves to be rehabilitated.

Once those tasks are completed, Simkins hopes to open the facility to the public and use the sanctuary for educational purposes.

He says wolves raised responsibly in captivity can be harmless and trusted around adults or children.

 

Just Posted

Arbitrated settlement for Kelowna jail guards

Details of arbitration settlement in contract dispute not released

New boss at Kelowna’s Flair Airlines

Flair’s founder and president Jim Rogers steps down after selling shares in company

Okanagan nurse assists Rohingya refugees

Crystal Grymaloski volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse disaster response mission in Bangladesh

Accident at busy Kelowna intersection

There are reports of a two vehicle accident on Highway 97 leading through Kelowna

Inquiry underway in Kelowna murder case

A preliminary inquiry is taking place for the man accused in the 2014 death of Christopher Ausman

Kelowna artist creates fundraiser for a friend

Artist Laurie Koss was inspired by her friend’s cancer battle to help her keep fighting

Premier offers condolences to family of boy, 15, killed in Vancouver crossfire

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

Canadian junior captain returns to Rockets lineup

Dillon Dube will be back in Kelowna’s lineup Wednesday night after world juniors and bout of flu

Waters: For Trump words speak louder than actions

U.S. president’s first year in office marked more by what he said than what he did

Letter: Many share Hodge’s thoughts on Trump

Kelowna letter-writer says Charlie Hodge was on the mark in his take on Donald Trump

Column: RRSP a good choice for first time buyers

Kelowna mortgage brokers examine the rules around using your RRSP as down payment

Community lends a hand after fire

Fundraiser to aid fire victim’s wife

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Most Read