In what many have described as a staff and volunteer blackout, several animals, including Pit Bulls which had already found placement in out of province shelters but were awaiting transport, have been euthanized at the Toronto Humane Society. I'll post up more details once I can get a sense of what's rumour and what's truth - if that's even possible at this point.
From the THS website:
Responsible Animal Care Decisions
Our responsibility to provide medical care to the animals sometimes means difficult choices need to be made.
In recent days, The Toronto Humane Society has euthanized 6 dogs and 19 cats that were chronically ill, displayed aggressive behaviour, or whose quality of life due to illness or injury was severely diminished and who had been at the shelter for an extended period of time.
Our new euthanasia policy is clear that we will not house these animals in the shelter indefinitely as their medical and behavioural condition deteriorates and the possibility of them being adopted diminishes. Our policy dictates that we will continue to provide all necessary veterinary care to all the animals in the shelter. However, there is a time when euthanizing an animal is the appropriate medical and humane choice.
These decisions were made by the THS staff veterinarians as well as OSPCA contract veterinarians in consultation with THS Executive Director Garth Jerome.