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September 29, 2008

More Than 100 Dogs Rescued from Montreal Puppy Mill on the Road to Recovery

Humane Society International/Canada

After weeks of planning and days of round-the-clock care all 118 animals rescued from the horrific puppy mill in Rawdon, Quebec are now resting comfortably at the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' emergency shelter. This puppy mill bust is one of the largest in the history of Quebec.

"I am amazed at the unprecedented outpouring of compassion and dedication that we have seen in this rescue mission. The local and national support has been tremendous. I am especially touched by the support that this community has shown. It would have been impossible for us to save these animals without the support of all of the organizations involved," said Alanna Devine, acting executive director of the CSPCA.

The CSPCA, Humane Society International\Canada and United Animal Nations (UAN) are working together at the emergency shelter in Montreal to properly care for the once-neglected animals. These groups are also being assisted by dedicated local volunteers and veterinarians to feed, exercise, medically treat and clean up for the 110 dogs, seven cats and one rabbit rescued from the squalid breeding facility.

"While these dogs are now on the road to recovery hundreds of thousands of others are suffering in equally horrific facilities across the country," said Rebecca Aldworth, director of animal programs for HSI Canada. "Humane Society International\Canada is dedicated to eradicating these cruel and illegal operations, and we need the support of the public to accomplish this goal."

 Many resources are needed to take care of such a large number of animals. The CSPCA is in dire need of monetary donations, blankets, towels and sturdy dog toys to be used for the care of these deserving animals. Please contact the CSPCA or visit their website if you are interested in making a donation.

"Though they have faced unthinkable cruelty for years, these resilient animals are already beginning to heal immensely under our care," said Marcel Marcotte, Eastern Canada Regional Director for UAN's Emergency Animal Rescue Service. "Many of these animals had never before set foot on solid ground or been touched by a gentle human hand. It is so rewarding to be able to nurse them back to health."

Humane Society International/Canada will have broadcast-quality video and photos available from this operation for viewing and download by news media outlets at video.hsus.org.

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Humane Society International is the international arm of The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org and hsi.org.

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