On Sunday, March 6 animal advocates will gather at the OSPCA headquarters in Newmarket to protest in the hopes of saving 21 Pit Bull type dogs the organization plans on destroying. The dogs were seized from a dog fighting ring in October and last week the OSPCA put an application before the court for permission to euthanize the dogs.
The groups organizing the protest, BSL Awareness and Ontario "Pit Bull" Co-op, are hoping the OSPCA will agree to hand the dogs over to out of Province ("Pit Bull" type dogs are illegal in Ontario) rescues who can assume the responsibility of rehabilitating them so each dog can live a long, healthy, and happy life. Several rescue groups and animal rehabilitation experts have offered these services, yet the OSPCA still maintains the only solution is to dispose of the dogs.
This is not the first time the OSPCA has come under fire for a planned mass euthanasia. Back in 2010 the organization had planned to kill over 300 animals. Thankfully due to public outcry the organization stopped killing the animals in it's care, though not before over 100 were already dead. The OSPCA maintained there was a virulent strain of ringworm at its shelter. One year later an independent review concluded no such strain of ringworm was found.
Please join other animal advocates on Sunday, March 6 to tell the OSPCA that killing these dogs is not only inhumane, it is completely unnecessary.
The details of the event can be found on this page.