Seized puppies face long road to recovery
Published Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:35PM EDT
The 527 puppies seized from a breeding facility in rural West Quebec are facing a long road to recovery, according to Humane Society officials.
Officials say it will be at least six to eight weeks before the puppies are ready for a new home. An adoption waitlist is being started. More than 30 breeds of dogs were seized in the raid, ranging from poodles to Pomeranian puppies.
About 150 of the dogs require around-the-clock care. The dogs' ailments range from eye infections to respiratory problems.
The owner of the kennel could face a fine but some say that punishment isn't strict enough. Quebec animal welfare laws are being reviewed this year.
A news conference was held Wednesday afternoon to show the progress of the puppies and solicit public donations.
The puppies were removed from the family-run kennel "Paws Are Us" in Clarendon, Que. last weekend.
Animal welfare authorities allege the dogs were living in inhumane conditions, deprived of basic needs like water, food, and socialization.
The puppies are now in the care of the Humane Society. It's costing the society more than $6, 000 a day to take care of the dogs. The agency is asking for donations from the public.
Donations of blankets, toys, beds, and leashes can be made to the SPCA de l'Outaouais. The SPCA can be contacted at 819-243-2004.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's John Hua