Contrary to a news article in YorkRegion.com today, calling the OSPCA to report an animal left in a vehicle could be a death sentence for that animal.
The reality is that in cases where people HAVE called the OSPCA, when they found animals in distress like the incident mentioned in the news article, often the OSPCA DOES NOT respond at all, and their after-hours telephone message tells you to call local Police. Try calling after hours or on a weekend to see what they say. When you call their number: (1-888-668-7722) you are forced to listen to a number of prompts, including how to donate, before you get to the instructions pertaining to an animal emergency. That is the last prompt which tells you in the case of a life threatening situation with an animal please hang up and call 911 or your local police.
Police are by the way NOT impressed with that message.
Some recent examples:
August 1, 2011 – NORTH YORK – TWO ELEPHANTS at Centre Point Mall at Yonge & Steeles standing in a tent and eating urine soaked hay without water on one of the hottest days of the summer. OSPCA was called repeatedly. Police were called. It was Caribana weekend and although the police were extremely busy they did say they would try to send a car if one became free. OSPCA never responded to callers nor did they make any attempt to ease the plight of those poor elephants.
August 3, 2011 – CORNWALL – PUPPY THROWN FROM CAR was picked up by passing motorists. The injured animal was taken to the Cornwall Branch of the OSPCA where they were told they would not accept the dog. A newpaper recounts the scene at OSPCA: “The couple arrived at the branch 10 minutes after closing, Lamb says. When he relayed the story, a representative told him the dog was “considered a dog-at-large, and was an issue for the municipal animal catcher,” says Lamb. “I explained this was basically a pup that was dumped out of a window, and I consider that cruel,” says Lamb. “She (the OSPCA representative) kept telling me ‘if you picked it up off the road, then it’s an issue for the dog catcher.’ She wrote down the number for the dog catcher. I gave up on her at that point.” http://www.standard-freeholder
August 14, 2011 – TORONTO – DEER HIT BY CAR just outside High Park was shot by police. Police and a number of citizens tried to contact OSPCA. Toronto Animal Services were on the scene but were unable deal with the injured animal. For 4 hours, as this deer lay in the middle of the road, police tried to contact OSPCA. When they realized no one was going to respond they shot the deer to put her out of her misery. http://www.thestar.com/article/1039365–deer-shot-by-police-after-being-struck-by-car-near-high-park
If newspapers can’t bring themselves to report the reality of how the OSPCA drops the ball and do not care, at least they should refrain from recommending that anyone call them.