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Toronto Humane Society Could Be Closed For Weeks

The Toronto Humane Society could stay closed for weeks as an investigation by the OSPCA continues.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals raided the River Street animal shelter on Thursday, following the arrests of four top management staff and the chief veterinary officer.

However, THS officials are denying the charges, which include animal cruelty. They are also contesting the validity and scope of the search warrant.

Conservation Officers from the Ministry of Natural Resources were also on scene on Tuesday, armed with a warrant of their own. They were looking for raccoons and other wildlife taken in by the shelter. 

“We executed a warrant which was required in order to enter the Toronto Humane Society and obtain their log books,” Minister Donna Cansfield outlined.

Several wild animals were taken to other shelters within the GTA.

Some of them, including a turtle with a broken shell, ended up at the Toronto Wildlife Centre.

“Presumably, they were brought here because they were no longer able to be cared for at the Toronto Humane Society,” outlined executive director Nathalie Karvonen.

OSPCA investigators spent the weekend poring over THS financial records and computer files. They claim donations meant for animal care were intended to fund current legal battles and ill cats were fed food that was six years past its expiry date.

They also claim the shelter had fallen behind in paying its bills and suppliers were demanding payments.

Eight animals were euthanized over the weekend due to their poor health, according to the OSPCA. About a quarter of the estimated 1000 animals at the THS have been thoroughly examined.

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