June 27, 2014
After Months of Legal Limbo, 80 Cats Seized Last November in Laval go Free
A Palais de Justice de Laval judge granted legal custody of nearly 80 cats to the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec. MAPAQ, with the assistance of Humane Society International/Canada, seized the severely neglected cats in Laval on November 2013. Since then, the cats have been in the care of MAPAQ and HSI staff at an emergency shelter. The judge denied the owner’s request to reclaim the animals.
Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for HSI/Canada, released the following statement: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the judge’s decision to grant custody of the cats to the authorities. These cats were seized from a desperate situation where their lives were in danger. Knowing that they won’t be returning to this facility is a huge relief. We helped seize the cats from a property in Laval after inspections revealed they were living in inhumane conditions and were suffering from a lack of care. Most were visibly sick and needed treatment, which they had clearly not been receiving.
Over the past seven months, our staff and volunteers have provided care for these animals and have seen them recover from living in bad conditions and flourish into healthy, curious and loving animals. Placing them with caring families will be a wonderful experience. Our team is deeply attached to these cats after getting to know them over the past months and we are confident that they will have full lives as beloved companions ahead of them.”
Media Contact: Christopher Paré, HSI/Canada: 514.395.2914 / firstname.lastname@example.org