Seizure Ends at the St-Édouard Zoo: More Than 240 Animals Evacuated

Saint-Édouard-de-Maskinongé, August 8, 2019 – Yesterday, Montreal SPCA animal protection officers, in collaboration with experts from Humane Society International (HSI), evacuated the remaining animals still remaining on site at the St-Edouard Zoo. A seizure led by the SPCA has been underway at the Zoo since May 21st, following the filing of animal cruelty and neglect charges against owner Normand Trahan.

The removal of animals was suspended shortly after the beginning of the seizure, while a first challenge was heard at the Trois-Rivières courthouse. Transport resumed on June 19th, when a favorable decision was issued.

In total, more than 240 animals have been relocated under close veterinary supervision and are now in new, qualified care facilities, where they are receiving all the specialized care they need.

As for zoo owner Normand Trahan, he will return to court on August 16th as the judicial proceedings continue.


Source: Montreal SPCA

About the Montreal SPCA – Founded in 1869, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (now known simply as the Montreal SPCA) was the first animal-welfare organization in Canada. Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the Montreal SPCA is now the largest animal protection organization in Quebec, speaking on behalf of animals wherever there is ignorance, cruelty, exploitation, or neglect.

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