Thursday, June 24, 2010

July 10 Rally In Toronto

Event page can be found HERE.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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OSPCA ringworm investigation??  (June 16, 2010) –  A not so happy anniversary to the Ontario SPCA.  It has been a month since the society abruptly shut the doors to its York Region shelter and began euthanizing animals in its care.   

May 10th the society confirmed 6 people and 350 animals had been infected by a virulent, aggressive type of ringworm. CEO Kate MacDonald described the situation as “a tremendous public health issue”. 
Ringworm is a fungal infection. 
Despite promising to do so by May 28, the OSPCA has yet to announce who has been selected to conduct the investigation into an epidemic the society admits was caused by human error and a breakdown in shelter protocol.  Information on what steps have been undertaken to sanitize the building have not been made public.

Protesters continue to gather daily in front of the Newmarket OSPCA demanding the society divulge the  condition of all animals in its possession on May 10, 2010. 

·       99 animals were “humanely euthanized” due to ringworm.
·       3 dogs were “humanely euthanized” for “posing a physical threat to other animals and people”.
·       23 dogs were relocated for “up to a month” for “further testing”.
·       91 cats were relocated for “up to a month” for “further testing”.
·       15 animals were “stolen”.
·       15 animals “not affected by the outbreak are in isolation in a portable structure on the site”.
·       96 animals were “fostered out to other accredited agencies, clinics, shelters and institutions capable of caring for them in isolation from other animals”. 
·       8 animals unknown. (“lucky” ringworm free turtles?)
             

June 1st, MPP Frank Klees tabled a motion calling for an independent investigation and legislative reform to enact effective provincial oversight over the OSPCA.   Download copies of the petition, instructions and the motion at www.frankklees.com  or www.ospcatruth.com   

A rally to commemorate the slain animals and to demand legislative change will take place July 10th at Queen’s Park.  Visit http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=121586771193663

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