Once again Humane Society International Canada has joined efforts with the Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) under the mandate of ANIMA Quebec to rescue 64 dogs from a commercial breeding operation in Sainte-Victoire-de-Sorel, Quebec. After several visits and inspections by MAPAQ, the animals - innocent victims of neglect - were removed from the breeding facility and brought to an emergency shelter in order to be evaluated by the veterinary team and cared for by the team of members and volunteers of Humane Society International Canada.
"This large-scale commercial breeding facility involved some of the most inhumane conditions the HSI Animal Rescue Team has ever encountered in Canada," said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International Canada. "It was heartbreaking to see the conditions in which these dogs were living. There were dozens of dogs living in tiny filthy cages without proper food and water."
The HSI Animal Rescue team has previously worked with MAPAQ to help two other rescue operations from large commercial breeding facilities. The first one was the largest rescue of them all. More than 525 dogs were rescued from a breeding facility in Shawille Quebec. The second one was early 2012 where 125 dogs were rescued from similar conditions.
HSI Canada is part of the special task force that spent close to three years working on the update of the Quebec Animal Health Protection Act known as P-42. HSI states that the special task force consists of experts in animal welfare, veterinarians and industry representatives, which bring their expertise, research and perspectives to assist MAPAQ in updating the Province's animal welfare regulations.