Friday, March 23, 2012

More than 100 dogs removed from breeding operation near Quebec City

Animal welfare advocates have removed 125 dogs from a breeding operation south of Quebec City they say wasn't properly caring for the animals.
Provincial officials and Humane Society International's Canadian branch converged on a commercial breeding operation to remove the dogs and puppies.
According to the humane organization, multiple investigations indicated the dogs were not receiving proper care and the security and welfare of the animals was compromised.
The government agency that took part in the operation said the dogs were taken to a shelter where they'll receive veterinary care.
The dogs will remain in the care of a non-governmental organization that enforces animal welfare in Quebec.
A motion will be heard by a judge at a later date to determine whether the dogs will be returned or put up for adoption.
Quebec has long been considered the puppy-mill capital of North America, with an estimated 800 unregulated breeding operations in Montreal alone.
In December, the province sharpened the teeth of its laws against animal cruelty, tabling legislation that would hike fines to amounts that could go as high as $75,000 in serious cases..."  More

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