35 Dogs Rescued from Bas-Saint-Laurent Breeder

Breeds unsuitable for winter conditions were left outside; Humane Society International/Canada helps with the rescue

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  • Warm in loving arms. Kristin Lamy for HSI

  • Carried to safety. Kristin Lamy for HSI

  • HSI/Canada staff assisted with the rescue. Kristin Lamy for HSI

Humane Society International/Canada assisted the Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the rescue of the 35 dogs from a breeder in Quebec’s Bas-Saint-Laurent region.

Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for HSI/Canada, said: “It is heartbreaking to know that these dogs were left outside without suitable refuge from the extremely low temperatures this winter. Harsh Quebec winter conditions can be unbearable even for larger dogs; housing small breed dogs outside in Quebec is unacceptable and downright cruel. We will make sure these deserving dogs get to feel the warmth of a home and a loving family.”

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Provincial animal welfare laws allow animals to be kept mostly outside only if their coat, age, health and adaptation level to heat or cold are such that the animal is adequately protected from the weather conditions. Additionally, animals must have access to a space or shelter that allows them to maintain and conserve body heat.

HSI/Canada worked with MAPAQ to safely remove the dogs from the premises and transport them to an emergency shelter where they will receive veterinary treatment and care from HSI staff and volunteers.


  • Since 2011, HSI/Canada has assisted the Quebec government in the rescue of animals from inhumane conditions in breeding facilities and hoarding situations, including 527 dogs and puppies from Canada’s largest puppy mill.
  • 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.
  • In 2013, in an effort to locate and inspect a larger number of facilities, a permit system was introduced in Quebec, requiring that anyone who keeps more than 15 cats or dogs must register and pay annual fees.
  • Recently, Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Minister Pierre Paradis announced he will put forward a bill to improve the well-being and welfare of animals.

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