April 2, 2015
Rescuers Save 33 Animals from a Neglect Situation in Mont-Laurier
Update: May 10, 2016: The animals were released into government custody and will be put up for adoption.
Humane Society International/Canada assisted the Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) in seizing 33 animals from a neglect situation in the Mont-Laurier region in Quebec. The rescued animals include 17 dogs, 13 cats, one rabbit, one chicken and one horse. The SPCA Laurentides-Labelle and the Galahad Equine Rescue also participated in the seizure.
Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for HSI/Canada, said: “These animals were living in deplorable conditions and needed urgent help. They are lacking basic care and most are emaciated and appear to be weak. The situation is clearly out of control and as a result, animals are suffering and authorities need to intervene - not only for the safety of the animals, but also for that of the people involved.”
The animals were kept on a private property, except for the horse who was kept outside. Once removed from the premises, rescuers transported the animals to an emergency shelter where they received veterinary evaluation and care from HSI/Canada staff and volunteers. Charges will be made against the owner under provincial animal welfare laws.
Humane Society International/Canada is always in need of volunteers to assist in caring for the animals. Members of the public who wish to assist us can fill visit hsicanada.ca/volunteer.
- Since September 2014, HSI/Canada has assisted with the seizure of nearly 600 cats and dogs kept in unacceptable conditions.
- Last February, HSI/Canada assisted the Quebec government in the seizure of 35 small-breed dogs that were kept outside in freezing conditions in a commercial breeding facility in the Bas-St-Laurent region in Quebec. All dogs have since been placed for adoption.
- Quebec provincial animal welfare laws require that all animals have access to food and water, are provided with suitable and clean living conditions, receive basic health care and are not subject to abuse or ill-treatment. Animals who are not receiving proper care can be seized from the owner.
- Recently, MAPAQ Minister Pierre Paradis announced he will put forward a bill to improve the well-being and welfare of animals.
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