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Thursday, Mar 6, 1969
» Ralph Misener
» Rose Misener - Acquitted
March 6, 1969, the day Ralph Misener made his big-city debut in the Toronto Telegram for running what was described in one headline as a "horror farm" north of Toronto. On a bitterly cold winter morning, Ontario Humane Society inspectors, backed by members of what was then the Vaughan Township Police force, raided a farm near the town of Maple and witnessed what Judge Charles Drukarsh would later lay down as "one of the most horrifying stories I have ever heard."
Beyond a tangled hedgerow, past the frozen and partially eaten carcasses of calves and piglets-some stuffed into the trunk of an abandoned car-was the remains of an assembly-line puppy mill, a filthy backyard operation that had been reduced to scores of dead or dying dogs. Of the 61 dogs seized that day, the majority of them German shepherds, 57 had to be put out of their misery.
As veterinarian Dr. Robert Horner testified back then, 55 dogs were found starving and diseased, covered in their own feces, their ribs protruding through their skin. Autopsies were performed on three puppies. No food was found in their stomachs, only worms.
Ralph Misener, then 46, was jailed three months, and fined $500. His wife, Rose, then 29, testified under the protection of the Canada Evidence Act and walked free.