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February 21st, 2007, 01:16 PM News Staff

The SPCA Montérégieis is on another rescue mission today at a farm in Saint-Robert, Quebec.

A caravan of SUV vehicles stormed the residence, located southeast of the city of Sorel-Tracy, around noon on Wednesday after officials received reports of animal abuse.

Police entered the home but it was empty.

"The SPCA Montérégieis received calls from concerned neighbours in the area who reported seeing dead animals on the property," said CTV Montreal's Paul Karwatsky. "We're hearing that it could have been dead pigs but that is not confirmed."

"What is clear is that there are a variety of animals roaming around the property, we've seen dogs, pigs... a lot of animal sounds coming from a ramshackle shack behind the house."

Karwatsky said the (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Montérégieis has begun to investigate.

The SPCA of Montreal has come under the spotlight recently for fundraising practices as thousands of Canadians poured money into the organization, unaware it operates solely in Montreal.

The group uses the legal name "Canadian SPCA" in its letterheads and fundraising campaigns, misleading some donors into thinking that the charity operated nationwide.

While the SPCA does have a solid reputation for helping animals, dozens of its sister organizations outside Quebec say the group is using unethical fundraising practices that have duped tens of thousands of donors.

With a report from CTV Montreal's Paul Karwatsky

February 21st, 2007, 02:21 PM
I don't like the way this article links the SPCA monteregie with SPCA Mtl and its fundraising... if you weren't following the story I think you could misunderstand and think it was the former that was under scrutiny...

February 21st, 2007, 03:12 PM
Very poor reporting. They could have left the last three paragraphs out. Seems as though they were short on details so added some filler.

February 21st, 2007, 03:20 PM
Here's a local link.

February 21st, 2007, 05:51 PM
They showed the raid on the evening news. Lots of the animals were farm animals and there are reportedly dead animals as well. The dogs were reported to be purebreds. I saw a GS and what looked like a black lab. The owner (a woman) showed up during the raid and demanded to know what was going on.

February 21st, 2007, 06:47 PM
The owner (a woman) showed up during the raid and demanded to know what was going on.

I can't wait to hear her excuse :mad: So 3 seizures in 2 months by SPCA Montérégie :thumbs up

February 21st, 2007, 06:53 PM
YAY Monteregie :highfive: Are the animals at Monteregie now? :fingerscr

February 21st, 2007, 07:14 PM
I don't believe this place was a puppy mill like the first raid. It was just a person who had lots of animals and wasn't caring for them properly. Actually the two dogs I saw came out of the house looked like they were in good condition. The poor GS was so confused.

Are we beginning to see a trend where people are reporting suspected signs of abuse or neglect?. Maybe because they are seeing it more and more in the media and know someone will do something.

February 21st, 2007, 07:24 PM
Are we beginning to see a trend where people are reporting suspected signs of abuse or neglect?. Maybe because they are seeing it more and more in the media and know someone will do something.

Some people are clueless until they see it on tv.

February 22nd, 2007, 05:37 AM

Scroll down to see the article called "Animal Rescued" You will be able to see a video of some of the animals rescued yeterday.

February 22nd, 2007, 06:00 AM
That is the same news clip I saw on last nights news. How many dogs were taken out and was she breeding them? It is just beyond me that someone can live in those conditions. Gosh when a fish dies in my aquarium I freak out and have to find someone to remove it for me and won't go into the room until it is gone. I can't imagine having dead animals on my property and doing nothing about it. Then to live in a house full of poop is just disgusting.
Again, what really freaks me out is that this is a woman who is responsible.
I will bet you she is someone who supplies malls with farm animals at Easter. She has the required goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits etc..

February 22nd, 2007, 07:51 AM
Rose at Refuge RR took farm animals,she could really use some donations it costs a lot more to truck horses and farm animals are not easy to find fosters for.Unlike many farm rescues once an animal goes through her it is safe.She maintains control so they don't end up once the court case is over being sold ,often to slaughter.Her involvment with the last few rescues has resulted in the horses being placed in safe loving foster homes,but she needs funding to keep going.

February 22nd, 2007, 08:00 AM
:thumbs up for SPCA Monteregie..
Whether this lady is a puppy-miller or not,these animals are clearly neglected and live under deplorable conditions,the poor kitty and ferret in the video,caged and miserable:sad:
I am really pleased this kind of thing is getting a lot of attention,hopefully it will make some abusers shake in their boots and people who know of such happenings will speak up:fingerscr
I can't help wondering where the SPCA M puts all the rescued animals,they must be running out of spaces:confused:

February 22nd, 2007, 08:13 AM
Lise, can you give Rose's contact info (if Marko will let you)?

February 22nd, 2007, 08:29 AM
so sad....

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February 22nd, 2007, 01:17 PM
I wonder why this woman wasn't at least arrested and charged? Isn't causing death considered at the very least neglect? Guess we'll read more in the days to come :fingerscr This is really beyond sad :sad:

February 22nd, 2007, 02:15 PM
Squalid property raided, menagerie seized
SQ investigates cruelty allegations. Anonymous caller brought situation to the attention of the SPCA last week
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A dead foal is taken away from a farm in St. Robert yesterday where dozens of animals, including dogs, pigs and birds, were seized.
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Font: * * * * MICHELLE LALONDE, The Gazette
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2007
Surete du Quebec officers conducting a raid yesterday on a rural property near Sorel-Tracy found dozens of pets and farm animals living in filthy conditions with inadequate shelter and little food or water.

The Monteregie Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was tipped off last week by an anonymous caller who said cats and rabbits were being kept outside in freezing temperatures in cages full of excrement, and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig was crammed into a tiny shed with dozens of chickens.

"The pig could hardly move because the shed was so small and the chickens were constantly pecking at him," said Linda Robertson, director of the Monteregie SPCA, who was present during yesterday's raid.

"We were told (by the caller) that a woman lives in the house ... but when we went to check out the situation, she was never there," Robertson said.

Yesterday morning, SQ officers executed a search warrant and raided the property, a house and several buildings in

St. Robert, about 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

Police found one dead foal, two underfed ponies, a horse, the pot-bellied pig, four or five sheep, five Persian cats, half a dozen rabbits and an assortment of fowl, including several peacocks, in and around the sheds on the property, Robertson said.

"The foal hadn't just died or anything; it had been dead for a while and just left there," she said.

Inside the house, the investigators found six purebred dogs - two German shepherds, two pugs and two Doberman pinschers.

The house itself was heavily soiled with dog excrement and urine, Robertson added.

The woman who is alleged to live in the house came home during the raid. Robertson guessed the woman to be in her mid-40s and seemed to be living alone with the animals.

"You try to get a reading on these people, to comprehend why they have these animals when they can't look after them, and it just boggles the mind," Robertson said in a telephone interview.

She said she did not know yet whether the woman was in the business of breeding or selling animals.

The animals have been seized and transported off the property; some went to a shelter for farm animals, while the cats and dogs went to the Monteregie

SPCA. They are to be cared for at the shelters during the police investigation and until a decision is made on whether their owner will be charged with cruelty or negligence.

It could be several months before a case is heard in court, Robertson said.

February 22nd, 2007, 02:17 PM
Rescued dogs peer out of a pen in St. Robert yesterday. The domestic animals seized on the rural property, like cats and purebred dogs, will be sheltered by the SPCA.


February 22nd, 2007, 02:47 PM
OMG,it just sickens me,at least they are out of that rathole.
I can easily understand animals,but some people,OMG what are they made of,they certainly have no heart:yell:

February 22nd, 2007, 05:58 PM
This is just heartwrenching.....those poor animals. :sad: I most certainly hope that this woman is charged with cruelty and negligence :fingerscr and gets more than just a slap on the wrist. :mad:

February 23rd, 2007, 07:26 AM
If you go on or .ca that should take you to her site or e mail is could use money,horse blankets,feed,pretty much anything connected with horses or farm animals.