The Montreal SPCA rescues 88 dogs and cats from two inspection cases

Montreal, October 7, 2013 – The Montreal SPCA has recently conducted two important rescues of animals that were the subject of cruelty investigations. In both cases their previous owners surrendered the animals to the SPCA, but had they not been, further enforcement actions would have been necessary.

Here is a summary of the facts:

On September 27, 2013, 11 Huskies were surrendered to us by their owner from the Monteregie area. Ranging in age from 1 to 11 year-old, these dogs were used for recreational sled dog activities in the winter. They have spent most of their lives chained to dilapidated dog houses. The tips of their ears have been badly bitten by flies and we are providing care for these injuries. The dogs are friendly, but they have never lived indoors and will require homes that can provide them with love, patience and exercise. The Huskies have all been evaluated: two are now available for adoption at the Montreal SPCA, three were entrusted to the Laurentides-Labelle SPCA and the remaining six dogs will eventually be available for adoption through the Montreal SPCA or one of the rescues we work with once they overcome their shyness. We are working on their socialization and leash walking skills and will be looking for foster who are willing to work with them.

On October 3, 2013, we received 77 cats who came from a hoarding situation. A person who started with good intentions by caring for unwanted cats became quickly overwhelmed and decided to do the right thing by signing all the cats over to the Montreal SPCA. We are now providing veterinary care and socialization. The cats will be available for adoption or foster after they are evaluated and treated.

Once these dogs and cats become available for adoption, the Montreal SPCA will let the public know through their website (www.spca.com) and Facebook page (facebook.com/SPCAMontreal).

We wish to remind everyone that if you witness any incident of cruelty or animal neglect, please report it to the Montreal SPCA inspection service.
You can leave us a message at: (514) 735-2711 ext. 2230, or send us an email at inspection@spcamontreal.com.
In case of emergency, please call (514) 735-2711, extension 0.
We respond to all complaints and treat them confidentially.


Media Contact: Alanna Devine, Director of animal advocacy, Montreal SPCA, 514-735-2711, ext 2245, or adevine@spcamontreal.com

About the SPCA: The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first humane society in Canada, founded in Montreal in 1869. Guided by the humane ethic, it is the mission of the SPCA to:

  •  protect animals against negligence, abuse, and exploitation;
  • represent their interests and ensure their well-being;
  • raise public awareness and help develop compassion for all living beings.

Our role is to prevent cruelty to animals through a number of actions that benefit animals and humans. Visit our web site at www.spca.com.

For many years, the Montreal SPCA has been working hard with the three levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) to improve laws on animal protection. In 2012, our inspection service investigated 1,387 complaints and conducted the inspection of 4,645 animals, all species combined. They also removed over 100 animals as a result of their investigations and many criminal charges were laid.

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