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Owen Sound Animal Shelter Under Investigation

Resident cat at Owen Sound Animal Shelter.

Resident cat at Owen Sound Animal Shelter.

Looks like my local shelter, the Owen Sound Animal Shelter, has been emulating the Toronto Humane Society – and not in a good way.

The Owen Sound Animal Shelter is an independent entity from Owen Sound Animal Services, just as Toronto Humane Society is completely unaffiliated with Toronto Animal Services. Like THS, Owen Sound Animal Shelter is a ‘no kill’ facility, stating that it euthanizes only the animals too ill or too aggressive to be placed for adoption.

Like THS, this (perhaps initially well meaning policy) has degraded into a distressing combination of too little veterinary treatment for some animals, combined with overly enthusiastic, poorly carried out euthanasia for others.

From the Owen Sound Sun Times

Candice Ford says she is still troubled by the memory.

As she tried to comfort an obese, geriatric cat, an operator of the Owen Sound Animal Shelter struggled to euthanize the animal by repeatedly attempting to inject the killing agent T-61 into its heart, without sedation, the former shelter volunteer and employee said.

“He poked her more than once and this poor cat was obviously suffering. But he couldn’t find the heart and he kept trying and trying,” said Ford

The Owen Sound Animal Shelter has been under investigation since 2008, when former employees of the shelter started coming forward with complaints about the treatment of animals at the facility. Their litany of offenses committed at the shelter echo those we’ve been hearing about at the THS. In addition to misuse of veterinary euthanasia drugs, the former shelter workers also allege –

..that between 2005 and 2008 they witnessed:

• Stray or feral cats euthanized, without being registered in the shelter’s database.

• Cats and dogs euthanized for reasons other than aggression or illness, despite the “no-kill” policy.

• At least three dogs — an aggressive dog named Blondie, a Labrador-collie cross named Tripp and an elderly bulldog named Sumo — living in a cage for years, with little exercise.

• Cats with abscesses not treated by a veterinarian.

• Animals dying shortly after procedures not performed by a veterinarian, including a kitten that had maggots removed from its head, a pregnant cat that broke its leg and a dehydrated orange tabby that was force-fed fluids.

• A freezer full of euthanized animals emptied about twice each month by Gateway Cremation Services of Guelph.

• Animals sprayed with bleach and other cleaning agents while cages were cleaned.

Owen Sound Animal Shelter is also accused of gross mismanagement, including –

spending donated money inappropriately, posting pictures of euthanized animals as adopted and refusing to accept local animals while housing cats and dogs from Quebec and the United States.

I’ve been rather surprised at how many shelters are now seem to be doing that latter item – cherry picking cuter, ‘more adoptable’ animals from distant cities, rather than actually offering a service to the homeless pets in need in their immediate areas.

The Owen Sound Animal Shelter has been under investigation by the OSPCA, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Natural Resources, Owen Sound Police Services and City of Owen Sound. So far, no charges have been laid, but “The OSPCA and OMAFRA have six months from the receipt of a complaint to gather sufficient evidence to warrant laying charges.”

Read the full article here.

6 replies
  1. Elaine Watson
    Elaine Watson says:

    Why are you comparing ‘your’ shelter [Owen Sound Animal Shelter] with that of the THS – they are nothing alike. And there is no ‘cherry picking’ done at the shelter and no animals are taken from other areas over the City of Owen Sound. Get your facts straight!

    If you knew anything about OSAS you would not even blog in such a demeaning and unforgiving manner.

    What makes you think that everything that is in the Owen Sound Sun Times is true. Or what YOU are saying here.

    Denis Langlois, the reporter, was just trying to get his name out and every time THS had a problem and was in the paper, you can bet that Denis Langlois put out another article of unsubstantiated gossip, rumour and garbage.

    Get your facts straight before you start any rumours on your BLOG!

    • frogdogz
      frogdogz says:

      What makes you think that everything that is in the Owen Sound Sun Times is true. Or what YOU are saying here.

      Feel free to give me your side of it then, Elaine. I’m non partisan – I’ll do more for you than the Sun Times – I’ll give you space to refute, item by item, everything they’ve said. I want to hear more than just ‘because we say so’, however. I’ll also be inviting Mr. Langlois to reply to your refutation.

      • janice morley
        janice morley says:

        This article was written by an unbiased reporter that has been employed for many years. His name has been out forever. He is an award winning writer. Elaine Watson is an old dog kissing psycho with a love in for the shelter. Keep hanging out with horses elaine it’s where you belong.

  2. mrmr
    mrmr says:

    people need to understand that reporters tell other people’s stories. this is not a reporter’s take on a story. it is a story about SEVERAL employees’ first-hand accounts at the shelter. The court of law relies on first-person testimony. intelligent people understand that newspaper reporters are messengers. do not kill the messenger. also when people spit vile, they are often guilty. elaine’s comment makes me believe every word of this article, especially since she is the webmaster of the owen sound animal shelter website and needs a job. her daughter works there too.

  3. CatLuvr
    CatLuvr says:

    This blog is a disgrace and should be taken down ASAP. Please do your research properly! I myself have adopted a cat from the Owen Sound animal shelter and am a long time member of the SPCA. Those “employees” lied outright! shame on them!

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