Yesterday news came that the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) has, "spared" 18, "Pit Bulls" from euthanasia. While of course this is true, I would have liked to see the headline include praise for Dog Tales Rescue, the Ontario Court, and the thousands of animal lovers (including celebrities) who voiced their disgust with the way these animals were being treated. For a full timeline of this debacle since the beginning, I have included each of the press releases from the OSPCA over the past two years. I urge you to read them all. Below yesterday's press release I'll offer my thoughts :
Dog Fighting Operation Exposed in Chatham-Kent - October 9, 2015
(October 9, 2015) - As part of a Joint Forces Operation, early this morning, members of the Ontario SPCA Major Case Management Team, Chatham-Kent Police Service Intelligence Unit, Critical Incident Response Team, Forensic Identification Unit, Major Crime Section and Community Patrol Branch executed multiple warrants at a residence in Tilbury East Township.
PRESS CONFERENCE – Update on Dog Fighting Operation Investigation - October 9, 2015
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92 additional charges to be laid in alleged dog fighting ring in Tilbury - CTV News - October 15, 2015
Update on Dog Fighting Operation in Chatham - Tilbury Trio Face an Additional 276 Charges - October 15, 2015
(October 15, 2015) - On October 9, 2015, as part of a joint-forces operation, members of the Ontario SPCA and Chatham-Kent Police Service executed three warrants at a residence on Morris Line in Tilbury East Township.
Update on the alleged Dog Fighting case in Tilbury, Ontario - February 17, 2016
The Ontario SPCA provides more information into the expert analysis on the dogs involved in a recent dog fighting case. - February 19, 2016
A Fifth Person has been Charged in Connection with Dog Fighting Operation - March 2, 2016
STATEMENT: 21 Dogs involved in an Alleged Dog Fighting Operation - December 26, 2016
"The Ontario SPCA would like to take a moment to help explain some misinformation. Over a year ago several dogs involved in an alleged dog fighting operation came in to the care of the Ontario SPCA. We all care about these dogs and the Ontario SPCA wants to reassure the public that each one of the dogs in our care is being well cared for with the love and attention they require. We will always advocate for rehabilitation first, however safety for both other animals and the public takes precedent.