Toronto Humane Society

THS wants OSPCA’s warrant quashed.

OSPCA investigators were armed with a warrant that was obtained with an application that suggested they would only need five days to search the facility, the THS alleges in court documents.

“The OSPCA has effectively used the search warrant to seize control of the operations of the THS, and has repeatedly frustrated the ability of the THS to maintain its operations and business by denying THS employees access to essential THS records and computer systems,” the THS alleges in the documents.

The shelter’s lawyer is seeking an order “quashing the search warrant,” and a declaration that the continuing search violates the Charter rights of THS staff.

It is asking the judge to specify a date and time when the OSPCA must withdraw from the facility.

Facility will remain closed for the holidays.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says their work is not complete at the Toronto Humane Society, despite previous indications the facility would reopen in time for the holidays.

OSPCA investigators are assessing the health of more than 1,000 animals that had been in the care of the THS. More than half of the animals have been examined so far.

The OSPCA says it hopes to have each animal looked at before the start of the new year.

One happy ending.

This year-end review ends on a happy note. Remember how I fretted in my last column about the fate of a starving young cat I rescued earlier this year and then left at the Toronto Humane Society? A reader named Lizzie read the column and sent me a photo of the cat she adopted from the society in May. It was HIM. His new name is Arvo, and Lizzie says he’s still friendly and affectionate. “I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with Arvo and that he’s in a loving home.”


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