Humane Society tallies tales

The fate of more than 500 dogs seized from a commercial breeding facility in the Outaouais now lies in the hands of a Quebec court.

“It can take weeks to months. We hope that the matter will be resolved soon,” said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International Canada.

The animals are at a temporary emergency shelter after they were taken from Paws “R” Us kennel Friday for allegedly being denied basic needs and socialization.

“It’s overwhelming — the smells, the sounds, the impact of so many animals in this space. It’s very hard to put into words the feelings that overcome you,” said Aldworth.

The kennel carries 40 breeds, selling for $300 to $500 each.

Since 1996, the family business has been operating near Shawville, about 90 km northwest of Ottawa.

“Many of the dogs that we have here are several years old, so they’ve been in that facility for a long time,” Aldworth said.

Owner Charlene Labombard maintains the animals are well-cared for.

Ottawa resident Julian, 24, went to Paws “R” Us in February 2010 and saw an eight-month-old wire hair fox terrier named Joey.

Hairless legs

The breeder immediately showed him Joey’s hairless, pink legs.

“She said it was because of allergies. There were a few scars and marks,” Julian said Sunday.

In hindsight, he said, he should have seen red flags, but since it was his first pet, he was overly excited.

He paid $350 and renamed the pup Apollo.

The same day the puppy came home, “I had dropped the garbage bin on the floor in my kitchen. Apollo bolted out of the kitchen and hid behind my couch, shaking uncontrollably for nearly 20 minutes,” he said, adding Apollo’s overall behaviour was bizarre.

“He was very different from other dogs. He wasn’t socialized, he didn’t bark. I couldn’t bring him anywhere. He would lose his mind.”

Apollo had to be taught to climb stairs and is still afraid of other dogs and most people, he said.

Within two months, Julian said, he took the pup to the veterinarian three times, spending more than $800 on ear drops, shots, antibiotics and specialty food.

“He’s special. I love him so much.”

As for the hundreds of seized dogs, Aldworth said they could be housed in the shelter for several months.

For more information, visit hsicanada.ca

kelly.roche@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @ottawasunkroche

 http://www.ottawasun.com/2011/09/18/humane-society-tallies-tales

One Comment

  1. bill

    i beleive its was just a set up against pawsruskennels go back into the archives and read about the stan burns and william massey case where ospca arrived with a shoty vet they arrived with a rental van and lots of cages within the 20 minuters there vet called a removel on all animals they left our cats behind because they were no good to them just all the pure breed dogs ive been to paws r us kennels and i bet they left the cats and rabbits that run free on there property oh they might not be any good to them and 10 years later burns and massey case is back in court for what money even tho there charter of rights were violated ospca made some good coin 60 pups was born in the ospca care along with the dogs that were removed our case will be back in front of a judge in jan 2012 now lets see how this case is gonna go for 10 years our lifes have been hell because of our local ospca bull …. they can drag you threw the courts at the tax dollar’s expenses its because everything is donated to them they dont care it the donner’s money not there’s so PEOPLE WAKE UP SEE WHERE YOUR DONATION MONEY GOES IS IT ON ANIMAL CARE OR COURTS OR THE HIGH PAYING SALARIES
    GOOD LUCK PAWS R US KENNELS WE ARE BEHIND YOU 100% FIGHT THEM AL;L THE WAY SHOW THEM YOU GUYS ARE NOT THE PEOPLE THEY ARE MAKING YOU OUT TO BE YOUR A HIGH PROFILE CASE LIKE WE WERE SO REMEMBER THERE CRY’S FOR HELP IN DONATION IS GONNA LINGER ON FOR MONTHS OR UNTIL THE COURTS SAY YOUR DOGS WILL BE RETURNED WHICH YOUR DOGS SHOULD BE
    STAY STRONG YOU 3 LADIES YOUR STRONGER THEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE OUR NUMBER IF ITS FOR A SHOULDER OR INFORMATION REMEMBER YOUR FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS ARE BEHIND YOU

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