Thursday, April 1, 2010

River St. Humane Closing

The Ontario Superior Court has approved a settlement to allow the Toronto Humane Society to temporarily close its River Street shelter, euthanizing many of the pets currently lodged there.
Current directors who are facing animal cruelty charges have all promised to resign and a new board will be elected later this spring, according to the settlement reached Thursday.
Under the deal, the THS has to remove more than 200 animals still housed in the shelter. The organization saysmany of the remaining animals have health and behavioral problems and are said to have little chance at adoption.
After a months-long animal cruelty scandal that began in late November, the Society is pleased at the chance for a fresh start.
Lawyer Frank Addario calls the deal a way to "engage in some spring cleaning." He says staff will be retrained and the facility will reopen on June 1.
The OSPCA took control of the THS three months ago after raiding the River Street shelter and finding several animals that had not been cared for adequately.
The closure would be the shelter's second in the past six months. It was closed to the public for more than a month after the November raid.

**Taken from CP24

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