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Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006
Disposition: Not Charged
Case Images: 3 files available
Person of Interest: Laurent Willen
Case Updates: 2 update(s) available
Provincial police are investigating an alleged case of animal cruelty northeast of Montreal.
At least 19 huskies were found dead in a home near Chertsey, Que., on the night of June 13.
Police were called to the scene after someone found the group of dead and ailing dogs and tried to care for them, according to Manon Gaignard of the Quebec provincial police.
"We found a dog dead, still tied to the chain, and it was just a skeleton," rescuer Guy Racicot told CTV.
CTV reports that 26 other dogs were found sick and starving.
They're now being cared for at a kennel.
On Thursday, provincial police were forced to wait for a warrant before inspecting the scene, Gaignard said.
Chertsey is about 70 kilometres northeast of Montreal.
|Judge Michelle Toupin is giving the people who saved 26 starving huskies until next week to prove that they can take better care of the dogs than the SPCA.|
A custody battle is brewing over who should keep the huskies that were found clinging to life in an Entrelacs kennel just over two weeks ago.
Guy Racicot and Éric Lefrançois were among a group of people that discovered the 26 starving huskies on June 13.
The two men said they convinced the dogs' owner, Laurent Willen, to hand them over so they could care for them.
One dog has since died, another is in hospital and a friend, who has air conditioning to keep the dogs cool, is caring for two others that are still weak.
Pierre Barnoti, executive director for the Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the SPCA is in waiting mode and that it's their mandate to save animals.
Both parties agree that finding homes for the huskies once they are back in shape will be difficult because they are not typical house pets.
The provincial police said no cruelty to animal charges have been laid and that the investigation is ongoing.
|Source: The Gazette - June 29, 2006|
Update posted on Jun 29, 2006 - 6:17PM
|A group of Quebec men stumbled upon a horrific scene when they discovered 19 dead Huskies at a competitor's kennel, northeast of Montreal. Another 26 dogs were barely alive.|
"We found a dog dead, still tied to the chain, and it was just a skeleton," rescuer Guy Racicot told CTV Montreal Thursday.
"There was a puppy in a pen with other puppies that had been eaten ... The dogs were dehydrated to the point where their eyes were sunken into the backs of their heads."
He found the dogs Tuesday night and questioned the owner, who at first claimed someone poisoned the animals.
"And then after a little bit of convincing he decided to tell us he hadn't fed them in over two weeks," said Racicot.
The owner agreed to hand over the surviving Huskies to Racicot, who is caring for them at his own kennel.
"There was no choice, they all would have been dead," said Racicot.
"All of us are the same way in the summer. We have a hard time living through the summer to make it through winter, but we all manage to take care of our dogs. If we can't, we give them away."
Quebec provincial police officers visited the dogs to take photographs and document their health. But they needed a veterinarian to certify the dogs were abused, in order to obtain a warrant to search the owner's kennel.
Racicot said finding veterinarians willing to care for the dogs has been difficult, and is nursing them back to the health with his partners.
"They say they have no time," said Racicot. "We say, well, when you finish your shift could you just come up and sign us a note? But they say 'No, my shift is over.' These people are supposed to love animals."
Racicot claimed to have called dozens of veterinarians with no success.
Pierre Barnoti, of Quebec's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said his organization is willing to help the huskies.
"If (Racicot) found a local vet, we at the SPCA would call the vet and offer to pay for his time to go and look after the animals," said Barnoti.
Meanwhile, another dog has died. Racicot hopes it's not too late to save the others, but he's running out of supplies.
He and his partners have little money to care for the Huskies, but local pet stores have given them donations. An Alberta man has also offered $500 worth of dog food.
Anyone who wants to offer donations can contact Guy Racicot, in Saint-Jean-de-Matha, at (450) 886-2079.
|Source: CTV - June 15, 2006|
Update posted on Jun 16, 2006 - 12:18PM
- CBC - June 16, 2006
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