Busted

OSPCA raids Toronto Humane Society; charges laid.  From the Star:

The charges came from OSPCA investigator Kevin Strooband, who has the same powers as a police officer. Toronto police were on hand for public safety during the execution of the search warrant. Avery said the search warrant will allow investigators to match alleged tales of abuse with animals currently at the shelter. The THS is expected to be closed to the public until Tuesday.

Also, some context.  From the Post:

“There’s absolutely no disease control or pathogen control in this building,” said Christopher Avery, a lawyer representing the OSPCA. “The animals are left to catch horrible diseases and die in their crates based on the euthanasia policy in refusing to allow the veterinarians who work here to do their jobs.”

And from the Globe, from the writer who re-broke the story in the summer:

Linda MacKinnon, a spokeswoman for the Association for the Reform of the THS, said she felt relieved but saddened by news of the charges.

“We would have hoped that it could have come to a less dramatic conclusion … because we’ve worked hard to try to act as members and go through the appropriate channels with the board, to no avail,” she said. “So, regrettably, it’s come to this.”

Now what?  Not sure.

Brian Shiller, a lawyer for the OSPCA, disagreed with Ms. Hopper’s contention that the public guardian can’t step in. He said issues involving the management of the humane society’s board fall within the purview of the public guardian’s office.

“The Public Guardian and Trustee has the power to remove the board of directors of the Toronto Humane Society and appoint a supervisor to oversee the transition to a new and properly elected board,” he said. “They have authority. We need their help. They should act.”

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