Wednesday, August 2, 2017

After OSPCA Fails To Protect 157 Animals That Died, Local Rescues Step Up To Save 100 Remaining Cats

(Beamsville 4Paw Rescue)
This week two Ontario rescue organizations saved roughly 100 cats after 153 dead cats and 4 dead dogs were found on a property in the Niagara region. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals has been involved in investigating this property since December, 2016, according to spokeswoman Alison Cross :

"It did appear to be a hoarding situation, we were there, feeding animals, going back daily, addressing any concerns of animals that might have been appearing — they are roaming outside, so it's not easy to find them all."

There is so much wrong with this statement I don't even know where to begin. The OSPCA states the animal cruelty probe began last year when they began working with a woman they say used to rent the property. In the meantime local animal control contacted local rescues to see if they could help. What they discovered was unimaginable. Dead animals were found in rain barrels, and near doors and windows, "riddled with scratch marks". 

One must question why, if the OSPCA had been investigating this property for the past 8 months, have no animal cruelty charges been filed? Even more shocking, if indeed OSPCA agents have been going back to this location daily and addressing any, "concerns of animals" how did those agents miss the fact there were 157 dead animals in plain sight? OSPCA agents are supposed to be trained experts with the knowledge to determine any cases of animal cruelty. In my estimation, dead cats and dogs who have been desperately clawing at doors and windows to escape certain death constitutes animal cruelty but hey, I'm no expert.

Meanwhile the OSPCA is admonishing these two rescues who actually stood up for these animals :

"We recognize the passion behind the rescue groups wanting to help the animals, but when it comes to an investigation there is a process that has to be followed, or else you can jeopardize the investigation."

Excuse me, but what exactly did the OSPCA do over the past 8 months? What exact evidence was jeopardized? The evidence of 157 corpses awaiting DNA samples?

It is impossible to believe the OSPCA and it is impossible to improve animal welfare in Ontario as long as the OSPCA is in power.

Of course it is possible I've got this all wrong. Maybe all 157 of these animals died overnight before one of the OSPCA's daily visits. We'll have to wait for the next statement...

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UPDATE August 15, 2017

The OSPCA has issued further statements and they are, as expected, insufficient to say the least. The very organization mandated to investigate cruelty to animals in the province of Ontario is now blaming the RESCUES that actually stepped up to save these poor cats. Kevin Strooband, an inspector with the OSPCA and executive director of the Lincoln County Humane Society states that the rescues are, "almost to the point of obstructing us when they're holding evidence they're not turning over." Moreover, Strooband maintains OSPCA officers did not see any evidence of animal cruelty during their visits to the property. This is incredible seeing as the OSPCA's own spokeswoman said that over 8 months the organization conducted daily visits.

In the meantime the founder of Beamsville 4Paw Rescue has issued the following statement :

“I have asked the OSPCA on several occasions to come on the property to look at the evidence, see the dead animals that we’re seeing but they don’t want to look and stated they have already been in the house and property. I have photos ready to send of the bodies we’ve found and where we’ve found them, real evidence of animal cruelty, but they don’t want to accept them. Why? We will not enter the home because we don’t want to impede the open investigation, but when exactly is the investigation going to start? We are here for the animals and we want the suffering to end. The OSPCA reps know where the renter lives and they know how to contact the property owner. The owner, who we have been working closely with, offered the house keys to the OSPCA and begged them to go in the house to see the mess, but they refused. We are looking for answers and action.”

Beamsville 4Paw Rescue has started a petition you can sign on this page

Here is a picture of one of the cats the OSPCA says was not abused :


Beamsville 4Paw Rescue
If you are as disgusted as I am, I urge you to contact your local MPP and ask them exactly what they are going to do about the OSPCA's inaction.


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