Well this is about time. I'm sorry but the Toronto Humane Society has been doing some awful things and getting away with it for far too long. I won't get into a rant ... though you know I have TONS to say! Its. Just. Wrong. I did blog about the investigation when it began so if you want to read the original news stories published by the Globe and Mail, feel free to check it out.
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The Toronto Humane Society's president and chief veterinarian are facing criminal charges of animal cruelty for running a dysfunctional shelter where animals were allegedly denied food and water and left to die suffering in their cages.
"These are animals who are just left to die in their cages," Christopher Avery said during the raid. "They're found dozens at a time, dead in [a] cage, every morning in this building. Dying from cancer, suffocating based on phlegm, these are animals who are starving to death, literally."
If convicted ... all face a maximum of five years in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. They also face animal cruelty charges under the Ontario SPCA Act, as do all the volunteer members of the charity's board of directors.
The following suspects have been charged in connection with the investigation:
- Tim Trow - cruelty to animals (2), obstruction of a peace officer (3)
- Dr. Steve Sheridan - cruelty to animals
- Gary McCracken, general manager - cruelty animals (2), obstruction of a peace officer (3)
- Andy Bechtel - cruelty animals (2), obstruction of a peace officer (3)
- Romeo Bernadino - cruelty animals (2), obstruction of a peace officer (3)
In addition, the above plus the THS's board of directors will face five charges of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.
The shelter will be closed to the public until the inspection is concluded, likely in a few days.
Some other good articles covering this topic are:
Humane society president denies charges
Humane Society busted for cruelty