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They’ll hire an interim executive director to review operations and a “well-respected veterinarian” to head clinical team.

“Whenever the public has questions, I think it’s good to reassure them and let them know that we’re not merely saying ‘everything is fine, nothing to see here’ — we are going take an internal look at ourselves,” Ian McConachie told The Canadian Press.

“I don’t think there’s any problem reviewing our practices and determining if there’s anything we can do to improve the shelter. I think all businesses and organizations should do that on a regular basis.”

The OSPCA wants to be thorough.

A portion of the search warrant, obtained by the Toronto Star, outlines items the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been seeking since its investigators descended on the River St. complex last week.

In addition to animal adoption and medical records, the warrant permits the search of “inventory and other financial records … electronic storage devices including thumb drives and wireless communication devices and their contents … personnel records (and) payroll records.”

But humane society spokesperson Ian McConachie questions the OSPCA’s authority to search financial and payroll records, saying the agency’s power should start and end with matters relating to the animals.

The same article lists six animals euthanized since the raid, and quotes a vet who says upper respiratory infections among cats are “very high” and too severe.  Finally, Bandit is “doing fine“.

A justice of the peace in 2004 ordered him euthanized for viciously attacking Daniel Collins the previous year, when the boy was 3.

But Trow refused to follow the court’s order and saved the dog — owned by Daniel’s grandmother, Phyllis Young.

“I need all the facts,” Strooband said, declining to speculate on Bandit’s fate until his status, including any appeals of the destruction order, are determined.


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