Target: Quebec Agriculture Ministry and other organizations
Goal: Praise organizations for rescuing animals from deplorable conditions at puppy mill
Quebec agriculture officials have recently discovered one of the largest puppy mills in the province’s history. About 200 dogs and a dozen cats were found on a farm called P’tites Pattes Poilues located between the cities of Sherbrooke and Granby. All the dogs (many of which were pregnant females) and cats had been crammed into small cages and exposed to ammonia fumes. In a statement to CBC News, Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of the Humane Society International organization, said, “They were in deplorable conditions–one of the worst I’ve ever seen.” Aldworth reported that a majority of the animals were missing large chunks of fur and were riddled with skin and eye conditions as well as infections.
The animals were confiscated and safely transported to shelters where they will undergo medical treatment and rehabilitation. The cats are now at the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) in Sherbrooke and the dogs have settled at the agricultural ministry’s emergency shelter. Cathy Bergeron, spokeswoman for SPA, promises that all the animals will receive the intensive care and attention they deserve.
Prior to the raid on the puppy mill, inspectors had already fined the owners of the animals for inappropriate and unsanitary living conditions. But after the owners failed to improve their animals’ living conditions, inspectors acted upon a warrant to seize all animals on the property.
Please sign this petition to thank all the organizations involved in this massive raid of the largest puppy mill in Quebec’s history.
Dear Quebec Agriculture Ministry officials,
Recently you teamed up with the Human Society International and the local SPCA to carry out a raid on a puppy mill called P’tites Pattes Poilues. Thanks to your combined efforts, more than 200 dogs and a dozen cats were rescued from appalling living arrangements and a cruel lifestyle. The rescued dogs included a variety of small breeds like bichons and Pomeranians who suffered from infections, matted fur, and eye conditions. I can only imagine what these innocent animals had to endure for most of their lives, but you saved them from certain death and gave them a second chance at life.
Since Quebec has a lack of government funding for Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and an overall lack of animal protection laws, it is difficult to enforce welfare standards for animals. I hope that laws regarding animal rights will strengthen in Quebec to help protect them.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Francis Vachon via ABC News