Statement from the Toronto Humane Society and Hospital

TORONTO, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - The following is a copy of an email sent this evening from Pell Capone counsel for the Toronto Humane Society to Christopher Avery, Private Prosecutor representing the OSPCA.

    Dear Mr Avery;

    We are general counsel to the Toronto Humane Society.

    It has come to our attention that the OSPCA has decided to terminate the
    overnight shift at the Society.

    It is our position that the warrant giving the OSPCA access to the
    premises does not authorize your client to interfere with our employees
    and regular operation of the premises.

    By removing the animal care attendants in this fashion you are putting
    the health and welfare of the animals who require care at risk. We
    understand that you are planning to remove a large number of animals that
    would normally receive care over the night shift. We would ask that you
    advise your client to bring back the night shift employees immediately.

    We will hold your client responsible for the health and well being of any
    animal moved out of the premises by this illegal and unwarranted

    In view of the fact that this matter is in dispute and will be challenged
    in court by my client, we require that all activity that takes place at
    the Toronto Humane Society be video taped so that your client's
    activities on the premises can be reviewed by all parties concerned and
    the trier of fact.

    We hold your client responsible for any costs that may result from this
    and the death of any animal caused by the OSPCA's illegal activities.
    Govern yourself accordingly

    Pell Capone
    Bodnaruk and Capone
    53 Yonge St, Suite 300
    Toronto M5V 1J3

SOURCE Toronto Humane Society

For further information: For further information: Ian McConachie, (416) 984-3097

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