THS Statement re: Arrest of THS employee Trevor Smith

TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - We believe that today's actions are unnecessary and unwarranted. "This was a disappointing use of the police power. I lay the blame for this at the feet of the OSPCA," said Frank Addario the Toronto Humane Society lawyer.

He added: "It is appalling that media arrived before the police did today. This is not a tactic that professional law enforcement use in Canada. It is American - style, publicity stunt that can damage reputations."

Mr. Addario also said: "The allegations against Mr. Smith are serious and they will need to be examined carefully in court. However, there is no necessity for handcuffing or a perp walk. I deplore the use of tactics that have the effect of gratuitously embarrassing people who have been arrested on unproven allegations."

SOURCE Toronto Humane Society

For further information: For further information: Frank Addario, SGM Law, (416) 979-6446 or Ian McConachie, Senior Communicator, Toronto Humane Society, (416) 984-3097, imcconachie@torontohumanesociety.com

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