Blame Louisiana?

Some St. Catharines landowners blame the OSPCA’s importing of Louisiana dogs — a practice that began in the wake of Hurricane Katrina — for an increase in heartworm in Ontario, then raise some larger issues with the Society.

Jack MacLaren, landowners president, said this is a symptom of a larger issue the landowners take with OSPCA, an agency he said has too many powers, limited training and is abusive to animal owners.

MacLaren said his organization also takes issue with the SPCA being an enforcement agency that must fundraise — a conflict of interest, he said. The sale of the Louisiana dogs, including a recent adoptathon in St. Catharines, is just another example of that.

“We have a big problem with the OSPCA, the way it is now run,” MacLaren said. “Their main focus is not animal welfare, it’s fundraising.”

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