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July 29, 2015

Nearly 70 Animals Saved From Neglect

Humane Society International/Canada, Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

  • Michael Bernard/HSI Canada

  • Michael Bernard/HSI Canada

  • Michael Bernard/HSI Canada

  • Michael Bernard/HSI Canada

  • Michael Bernard/HSI Canada

In an ongoing effort to protect animals from neglect, rescuers seized 67 animals from a property in the Hautes-Laurentides region of Quebec. Teams from Humane Society International/Canada and the Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food worked together to rescue the 49 dogs, 15 cats and 3 chickens.

Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for HSI/Canada, said: “These animals were living in conditions that are totally unacceptable. Most were not receiving basic care and need urgent help. In unfortunate situations like these, for the safety of the animals as well as for that of the people involved, authorities need to intervene and remove the animals from the premises.”

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, in collaboration with MAPAQ, until ready for adoption.


  • In 2015 alone, HSI/Canada has assisted with the seizure of more than 200 cats and dogs denied even the most basic care in Quebec.
  • Last June, HSI/Canada and the Quebec government seized 94 small-breed dogs that were kept in unacceptable conditions in a commercial breeding facility in the Estrie 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 put forward Bill 54 to improve the well-being and welfare of animals in Quebec.

Media contact: Christopher Paré: 514 395-2914, cpare@hsi.org

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