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July 23, 2012

HSI/Canada Celebrates Quebec Government Gaining Custody of Rescued Animals

Adoption process begins for 64 dogs and puppies

Humane Society International/Canada

    Just like this adorable fellow who was among the dogs rescued back in June, 63 other dogs and puppies will now have a new chance at a healthy, happy life with a loving family. HSI

MONTREAL—Humane Society International/Canada is pleased to announce that government mandated enforcement agency ANIMA-Québec has gained custody of the 64 neglected dogs and puppies, following the surrender of the animals by the owners of the commercial breeding operation. HSI/Canada assisted in removing the animals from the commercial breeding operation on June 15 and has been helping care for them since then at an emergency shelter near Montreal.

The owners of the commercial breeding operation are expected to face charges under the Quebec Animal Health Protection Act.

“We are delighted that these dogs will never have to return to the inhumane conditions we helped rescue them from, and that they can now be placed in loving homes,” said Ewa Demianowicz, campaigner for HSI/Canada. “The public can help shut down puppy mills by choosing to adopt companion animals from shelters and rescue groups.” 


  • On June 15, Agriculture Quebec in coordination with ANIMA-Québec seized 64 dogs and puppies from an inhumane commercial breeding operation located east of Montreal. Multiple investigations by ANIMA-Québec indicated the animals were not receiving proper care by the owners of the commercial breeding operation. 
  • HSI/Canada assisted Agriculture Quebec in promptly transporting the dogs to an emergency shelter near Montreal to receive immediate care, food and veterinary treatment.
  • Since September 2011, the HSI Animal Rescue team has assisted Agriculture Quebec in the rescue of more than 700 neglected dogs from inhumane conditions at commercial breeding operations throughout the Province.
  • As part of the update to the Quebec Animal Health Protection Act, HSI/ Canada has served on a special task force to assist the Québec government in identifying solutions to animal welfare problems in the province.
  • In June 2012, the Quebec government adopted Bill 51, an act to amend the provincial Animal Health Protection Act, which improves the safety and welfare standards of companion animals in Quebec.

The SPCA Laurentides-Labelle is in the process of adopting out all the dogs and puppies after they have been spayed or neutered. Anyone interested in adopting a dog from this recent seizure please visit hsicanada.ca/savedogs or directly contact the SPCA Laurentides-Labelle at 819.326.4059.

Media Contacts:

Dean Pogas: 514.261.6007/514.395.2914; dpogas@humanesociety.org    


Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI/Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI/Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International—one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than 11 million members and constituents globally—on the Web at hsicanada.ca.

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