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Ontario Cruelty Rising!

October 28th, 2004, 10:51 AM
Animal cruelty on the rise in Ontario.

Drastic increases in animal cruelty statistics highlight urgent need for financial support for animal protection and care.

NEWMARKET, ON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - The number of animal cruelty charges laid by the Ontario SPCA and its affiliated humane societies under the Criminal Code of Canada and provincial legislation in 2003 was up by 175% over the
previous year, from 176 in 2002 to 485 in 2003. Over the last five years there has been a six-fold increase in the number of charges!
Other statistics compiled by the Society are also showing significant increases: the number of search warrants executed and Orders issued (requiring improvements in care or medical treatment, for example) have both more than doubled over the last five years; the number of animals seized or abandoned and taken into care by investigators has almost doubled over the same period,
from 2,768 in 1999 to 5,264 in 2003.
The dramatic rise in statistics reflects a much higher level of
seriousness both in the cases themselves and in the action taken by the
Society to combat crimes against animals.
"By far the majority of cases we prosecute involve neglect," says Ontario SPCA Chief Inspector Michael Draper. "In addition to cases involving often severe neglect of individual animals, the last year has seen many cases involving large numbers of animals - farm and exotic animals as well as
companion animals. Thousands of dead and dying animals at a major pig farming operation, herds of emaciated cattle, 65 animals at an abandoned zoo, a case involving the seizure of 200 exotic animals, 39 sled dogs that needed care for over a year, and numerous puppy mills are just some of the welfare disasters we dealt with in 2003."
The Ontario SPCA has developed a highly trained and highly professional Investigations Department with 205 Inspectors and Agents across the province providing more animal protection and enforcement of legislation than ever before.
This increasing workload, and the increased need for animal care that goes with it, is placing huge demands on the Society's resources. "It is a constant battle to keep up with the need," says Ontario SPCA Chief Executive Officer Judy Marshall. "The Ontario SPCA is a charitable organization.
Although we are mandated by legislation to enforce animal cruelty and welfare law in Ontario, the Society receives only a small grant from the government, less than 1% of our annual budget, which is designated towards the cost of
Inspector and Agent training programs. All the work of saving animals' lives is only made possible by the wonderful support of donors and fundraising initiatives. We need that support more than ever." To help the animals make a donation by calling 1-888-ONT-SPCA (668-7722)
extension 322.
To report suspected animal abuse call the Ontario SPCA at 1-888-ONT-SPCA
(668-7722) extension 1, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), your local
Ontario SPCA Branch, affiliated humane society or police.

Available for download:

A selection of photographs from the Ontario SPCA Investigations
Department Involving animals whose owners were convicted of cruelty
charges. (Please note: these pictures may be found disturbing)

Ontario SPCA statistics charts.

A word about the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(Ontario SPCA):
The Ontario SPCA, with 27 Branches and 31 affiliated humane societies and
SPCA's, is unique amongst animal welfare organizations in Ontario: the Ontario
SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides
Society investigators with police powers to do so.
The Society is a registered charity, relying on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation for all animals, government and industry advocacy and public education.
The Ontario SPCA is a member of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) and is affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).
Charitable Business Number 88969 1044 RR0002

For further information: For media enquiries, please call: Brian Pemberton, Director of Communications 1-888-ONT-SPCA (668-7722) extension 308, or Chief Inspector Mike Draper, 1-888-ONT-SPCA
(668-7722) extension 317, cell 416-717-4223,

October 28th, 2004, 11:36 AM
All the stories I have heard today I can't find printed...

There was two GSD's attacked last Thursday outside Barrie. They had over 45 knofe wounds each. When the owner came home he had to put down both the dogs because of the extensive damage. :sad:

October 28th, 2004, 11:43 AM
that's horrible. i wonder if there aren't necessarily more cases of animal cruelty these days but people are more likely to be aware enough to get the authorities involved in cases... there was a time when child abuse wasn't talked about or charges brought. i just want to hope that the numbers of cases are NOT on the rise. :(