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Ontario SPCA investigators removing 28 animals today from a Kerwood animal facility

March 16th, 2007, 05:08 PM
NEWMARKET, ON, (March 16, 2007) Approximately 15 Ontario SPCA investigators are on scene today at an animal facility located in the Township of Adelaide-Metcalfe, west of London to remove 28 animals - including 12 wolves, three wolf-dog hybrids, three raccoons, one red-tailed fox, three coyotes, and six shepherd-type dogs.

An assessment of the animals on the property began yesterday following information provided to the Ontario SPCA regarding animals in distress. Three dogs were found inside the house in filthy pens and without food or water. Ontario SPCA investigators issued Orders for improved living conditions and food and water, which were complied with. Investigators then found a black stallion pony in the barn with severe hoof ailments that lead to the veterinarian on scene recommending that the animal be humanely euthanized. As well, a brown mare pony was removed due to poor living conditions and poor body condition. The Ontario SPCA has relocated the pony to a boarding facility where she is receiving proper care.

Investigators also requested a veterinarian with expertise in wildlife to help assess the condition of the other animals on the property. The veterinarian ordered the removal of all of the animals due to filthy living conditions and the thin body condition of the animals - there was inadequate food and no fresh water available to the animals. Due to the lateness in the day which would impede the safety of the investigators handling the wolves at dark, and the logistics of finding facilities to relocate all of these animals to, Ontario SPCA investigators followed the veterinarian's recommendations for how to keep the animals as comfortable as possible through the night until the removal could be carried out today. The owner has surrendered all of the animals to the Ontario SPCA, which has been working diligently to find facilities to care for the different species involved.

Following the removal of the animals today the investigation will continue with charges pending. The owner of the facility, Vivian Singer, 47, of Kerwood currently faces 11 counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada following the removal of 18 animals, including one lion, eight dogs, six cats, two cockatoos and one turtle, from the same property in November, 2006. Charges include eight counts for failing to provide suitable and adequate food, water, care and medical attention to eight dogs and one lion; two counts for failing to provide suitable and adequate care to six cats and two cockatoos; and one count for failing to provide medical attention to three cats. Singer is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, London, on May 31, 2007.

"This is a perfect example of why we need passage of legislation such as Liberal MPP David Zimmer's Private Members Bill - Bill 154, The Regulation of Zoos Act," says Hugh Coghill, Ontario SPCA Acting Chief Inspector. "We see animals living in horrible conditions, but without regulations for the standard of care for the animals in these types of facilities, our hands are tied until the situation deteriorates to what we are seeing with these animals being removed today."

March 16th, 2007, 06:12 PM
Back in Nov. when this place was first raided I was in the emergency clinic with Lukka when the SPCA brought the first round of dogs, cats in. The lion was also removed that night but was taken outside London somewhere. I spend about half an hour talking with the investigators and saw first hand some of the animals coming from this "educational facility". It was disgusting to say the least. The poor dogs had literally foot long attachments of a mixture of feces, straw, dirt and all sorts of crap dragging along with them. The stench coming off the animals and SPCA workers who had spent the entire day there was unspeakable. My husband and I both had tears in our eyes when the investigators brought three cats in to the examining room but came out with three green garbage bags. You can guess what was in them.
I have only one more thing to say about this case and that is that this woman should be turned over to me to be dealt with.

March 16th, 2007, 06:50 PM
Is this ever going to stop ? :sad:

March 16th, 2007, 07:25 PM
There is a video showing some of the animals, And they call this an educational center.:frustrated:

March 16th, 2007, 07:37 PM
I can't download videos because of poor internet connection, sometimes it's a blessing. :sad:

March 16th, 2007, 09:49 PM
Regrettably, the only means we have to fight back against monsters like this is through our politicians. Write or email your MP today. It doesn't need to be wordy or even profound. Just tell her or him that you support Bill 154 and that you wish it would go further.

March 17th, 2007, 01:48 AM
It's absolutely appalling how some people can be so cruel. :sad: :mad: