Toronto Humane Society

Wildlife licence revoked.

Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield said the THS’s licence was issued under the name of head veterinarian Steve Sheridan, who now faces criminal animal cruelty charges and is barred from the shelter.

“We cancelled it because the charges and the conditions of his bail are such that he can’t function as a wildlife custodian, so there’s nobody there that has that authority and it’s non-transferable,” she said.

Three wild animals put down.

The Toronto Wildlife Centre confirmed Monday three of the animals — a mallard, house sparrow and eastern gray squirrel — had to be put down because of their injuries.

TWC executive director Nathalie Karvonen said the mallard had severe tissue damage from a fishing line injury and the foot and possibly the end of the leg would have had to be amputated. Mallards need both legs to survive in the wild, she said.

The squirrel had permanent brain damage. When it was taken into the Downsview Centre, it could only climb a few inches and officials said at the time if the damage was going to resolve itself, it would have happened sooner.

An old healed fracture in one leg meant the sparrow no longer had use of that leg and an old healed fracture in his shoulder meant it would likely never fly again.

Allegations continue.

“Every day of this investigation reveals more about how the THS was managed prior to the execution of the search warrant on Nov. 26,” OSPCA investigator Kevin Strooband stated in a press release yesterday. “We continue to find more evidence supporting our search warrant and the charges laid. But most importantly, the animals are finally getting the attention, care and treatment that one would expect from an animal shelter.”

The OSPCA listed the cases of four animals including Larry, a 15-year-old cat at the society since 2008 who was euthanized last Wednesday. The last time he was seen by a vet was in 2008, officials said.

Sarnia Humane Society comfortable with kill policy.

Holmes addressed the issue of whether shelters should euthanize animals who are grievously sick or in pain. Last year the local shelter took in 3,300 stray animals and those rescued by OSPCA officers from cruelty cases, housing them in 28 dog kennel and 150 cat cage shelter. About 1,600 animal had to be put down.

“Euthanizing is never an easy decision for us or any shelter,” Holmes said.

With limited funding, the shelter focusses on animals that are relatively healthy and adoptable.

“Unfortunately the cat population in Lambton County is extremely high right now,” Holmes said. “We have too many coming in to be able to house.”


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