(Continued from here. The previous Paws R Us post was getting too long. November 24 court decision against Paws R Us posted here.)
Latest update, October 12.
If you want to help the Paws R Us dogs, Humane Society International has set up a website here.
September 21, 12:00 p.m.
Google translated from TVA Nouvelles:
"The family meant well," said the lawyer.
"Barf", said I.
September 21, 8:51 p.m.
Meanwhile, CTV reports that it's costing $6000/day to look after the rescued dogs and that one hundred fifty of the dogs require round the clock care. CTV also reports that the maximum penalty for animal abuse of this nature in Quebec is a fine of $1200 for a first violation and $3600 for a repeat violation. Jail time is not a possibility.
$1200. That's the penalty they face after all this. The Labombards should be able to recover this cost of doing business in about ten minutes once all the hubbub has died down and they restock. Let's hope the new animal welfare laws coming down the pipe in Quebec kick in soon otherwise we might as well be placing bets in an online pool about when these puppy pushers will be putting up for sale ads in Kijiji again.
September 22, 9:00 p.m.
Some photos of dogs with ailments from the HSI Facebook page:
Today Jamieson and Pet Valu both announced they made significant donations to the rescue effort, Jamieson with dog beds and treats and Pet Valu with a $20,000 donation. Giving is the best way to advertise.
September 22, 9:00 p.m.
(Thanks to a heads up from a commenter) Ninety puppies have been born so far from the rescued Paws R Us dogs.
"We have a lot of puppies here and a lot more puppies coming," said Rebecca Aldworth, the executive director of Humane Society International Canada.
So that's 90 added to the 527 makes 617 dogs so far from Paws R Us.
October 12, 8:00 p.m.
From Canadian Veterinary Medical Association:
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is aware of media reports of the alleged unethical and abusive activities of a commercial dog breeding operation near Shawville, Quebec. The CVMA encourages the animal protection authorities in Quebec to conduct a thorough investigation into this facility and the alleged incidents.
The CVMA has concerns with commercial breeding facilities that meet the National Companion Animal Coalition (NCAC) definition of a ‘puppy mill’. A puppy mill is defined as a high-volume, substandard dog breeding operation, which sells purebred or mixed-breed dogs to unsuspecting buyers. Some of the characteristics common to puppy mills are:
· Sub-standard health and/or environmental issues;
· Sub-standard animal care, treatment and/or socialization;
· Sub-standard breeding practices which lead to genetic defects or hereditary disorders;
· Erroneous or falsified certificates of registration, pedigrees and/or genetic background.