Police are about to arrest the Toronto Humane Society's president, chief veterinarian and three other senior staff members and charge them with animal cruelty, six months after a Globe and Mail investigation revealed widespread troubles at the shelter.
Following the Globe's investigation, the OSPCA suspended the THS's affiliate status and sent inspectors to the River Street facility. Insiders later told the Globe that they were instructed by management to hide some ailing cats from the OSPCA investigators.
Their animal cruelty investigation has continued for six months, during which the current board of directors passed a motion to renew their support for Mr. Trow, and Mr. Trow effectively re-elected himself as president by carrying more than 700 proxy votes signed over to him by members.
All of the above, as well as the Society's board of directors, are also being charged with five counts of animal cruelty, a provincial offence under the Ontario SPCA Act (as opposed to criminal charges).
From The Globe and Mail, "Toronto Humane Society officials to be arrested, charged with cruelty to animals".
We can finally stop holding our collective breathes.
Updates coming soon.
Update 3:30 p.m.:
Everything's live right now on channel CP24.
Update 4:15 p.m.:
Not much official coming out of the THS right now. I guess that's because everyone's in handcuffs.
Ian McConachie, ex-THS mouthpiece was intercepted by a reporter outside the THS building and he told her that "everything that happens with the THS and the OSPCA is political."
I suggest to Mr. McConachie that he start pulling that foot out of his mouth before it emerges from his ass. He's not going to be able to sell a lot of used cars with that large appendage sticking out the seat of his pants.
Update 9:47 p.m.:
All animals in the THS facility are now being health checked by vets including Hanna and John. Both THS locations, at River and at victoria Park will be closed to the public for the next 3 days while this goes on.
The OSPCA will be looking after the day to day running of the shelter for the near future.
Currently, the positions of the present board members are uncertain. They have all been charged with animal cruelty so, hopefully, they'll just quietly fade away in shame and disgrace.
The facility is closed to the public but the animals within are still going to be looked after with the help of cleared staff and volunteers.
The reality of the situation is that there is going to be turmoil at the THS, no doubt, and in all likelihood many extremely sick, overly aggressive, unadoptable animals who have been imprisoned in their cages for months, if not longer, will be euthanized but many many more will see better treatment, a healthier environment and most importantly, a much greater chance at finding homes.
People will be celebrating Trow's arrest tonight because that is the immediate news, but more than that, they will be celebrating renewal.