Dogs at high prices from where we never know, sick or of another breed: the operation of a controversial shelter in Saint-Lin-Laurentides has been strongly criticized by former employees and customers.
Sarah Miron was shocked when her dog, adopted last December by the regional SPA, in the Laurentians, grew to the point of weighing three times more than she thought was 20 lbs.
Thinking he had bought a small Boston Terrier cross, he discovered that he was actually a combination of three other breeds.
“How many families like ours are fooled into thinking that luck is smiling on them? asked M.ME Miron.
Because unlike most shelters in Quebec, many animals for sale are posted on the SPA’s Facebook page.
In July alone, 29 cats and 65 dogs, including dozens of puppies, were sold there.
But there is a golden price to pay for such an animal in this shelter, about $2,500. In most SPAs and SPCAs, a similar dog is sold cheaply.
Fanny Lemieux, who worked at the shelter in 2019, said the dogs that were sold came from “litter that comes in and you don’t know where.”
The owners of the regional SPA did not return calls to logyesterday.
Former employees reported seeing many sick animals inside the kennel, saying officials did not want to invest money in their health.
Shaken by their plight, staff are busy finding them a better environment, mostly through citizen animal rescue groups.
“In the process of finding a place, they have no care and no medicine. They are suffering […] It may happen that I come in the morning and I find a dead cat or dog in it,” said an employee who wished to remain anonymous.
Hundreds of reviews on Google for regional SPA and its sister company, L’inspecteur canin, and reports from MAPAQ confirm what many customers have told us.
Jérémie Lebouthillier left a one star review. He and his girlfriend adopted two cats there.
The youngest, Eclipse, was diagnosed with a severe ear infection, caused by ear mites. These parasites must be killed during the deworming of the shelter.
“It took two months of treatment before I recovered. […] Nothing was done to help us,” he said.
Leanna Perreault also went through hell with her puppy Enzo. Bought in May, he quickly caught kennel cough, like a sibling from the same litter.
“I called to inform them. They were very surprised, as if it was their first time to hear this,” a viral Facebook post read.
He said he was disgusted with their methods.
“Don’t go there! he said.
NOT THE RIGHT BREED
Sarah Miron thought she had bought a little boston terrier mix. After a DNA test, it was found that the dog is a mix of stafffordshire, belgian shepherd and bullmastiff.
Jérémie Lebouthillier’s cat had a serious ear infection, caused by ear mites, when he should have been dewormed.
CAUGHT IN KENNEL COUGH
A week after Leanna Perreault adopted her puppy, the latter caught kennel cough, like a sibling, a disease that can easily be transferred between dogs.
Adopting a cat is about to become a tragedy
The cat cannot breastfeed her children, as she is in an advanced stage of mastitis.
A woman from Saint-Lin–Laurentides who served as a foster family for a cat and her babies in June 2021 went through hell when the animals arrived at her home.
Charles Matthew, Office of investigation
“You take the cat out of the cage and by touching it underneath, you can see that it is warm and affected. I looked at the breasts, and the poor casserole has advanced mastitis,” said Claudia Joly, in one interview with The newspaper.
She is in a “truly neglected” state and therefore unable to feed her children, who need milk every two to four hours.
So he decided to call the SPA, which he felt did not do enough follow-up on the circumstances.
“They told me they would ask and I didn’t have an answer. »
He made arrangements and was told there was no vet on site and that he would have to make an appointment like everyone else.
“It’s worrying,” he said.
Get things out of control
At that time, Mr.ME Joly is an animal health technician at a veterinary clinic near her home. So, since the follow-up was not enough and he knew what to do in animal care, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
So he must, at his expense, go to the veterinary clinic where he works so that the cat can receive the necessary treatments, which are antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. He also had to bottle feed the kittens, as the mother was unable to feed her little ones because of the pain.
“If someone doesn’t know that, we might be out of range. They go with mom, expect the kids to drink [seuls] ” said M.ME Beautiful.
SPA finally got the cat back, after many calls from MME Beautiful.
Anyone can call themselves a SPA
Any business can claim to be a “Humane Society”, regardless of whether it cares about animal welfare or not.
Charles Mateo and Camille Payant, Bureau of Investigation and Le Journal de Montréal
Anyone can find a shelter and carry the SPA or SPCA name if they want, said Corinne Gonzalez, president of the Association québécoise des SPA et SPCA.
Unwilling to comment on the regional SPA case, he maintained that the names were not protected.
“This name can be used by anyone. Municipalities don’t know it’s not regulated,” he said.
The City of Saint-Lin–Laurentides, which retains the services of the regional SPA for animal licenses, will investigate to ensure that the company complies with its standards.
“This does not correspond to the values of the City. We are a little shocked,” said the director of communications of the City, Marilyn Laroche.
The folder is recognized
Many clients of the SPA claim to have made complaints to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food about the refuge.
“We can confirm that the file is known to our inspection service and that the interventions under the Animal Welfare and Safety Act have taken place in the past few months”, determined his carrier. floor, Yohan Dallaire Boily.
The regional SPA and its sister company, The Canine Inspector, were sentenced in 2021 for irregularities in animal records.
MAPAQ noted that 11 cats and 4 dogs appeared in the registers, but were not in the establishment.