Toronto City Pounds Killed Over 5500 Animals in 2008

    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - Last year Toronto Animal Services killed 5542 dog
and cats. This is an average of 15 animals killed every day in 2008 and brings
the total of animals killed from 2002 - 2008 to 30,545.
    In 2008, of 7582 cats admitted, 4791 were euthanized. Of 4341 dogs
admitted, 751 were euthanized, a combined euthanasia rate of almost 50%. This
is the highest number of animals that has ever been killed under City
Council's policies.
    By comparison, in 2008, the euthanasia rate at The Toronto Humane
Society, a charity which operates with no government money, was 7%.
    "It's disgraceful. The animals that go into the City Pounds deserve
better than a 50/50 chance of being put down." Said Ian McConachie, Senior
Communicator at the Toronto Humane Society.
    As in 2006 and 2007, for 2008 the City refused to disclose how many
animals it spared and found homes for.
    Since amalgamation the cost to taxpayers of running the municipal pounds
has increased by 64% to $11 million annually. Residents continue to wonder:
Why can't more lives be saved in the municipal pounds with so many millions
    In a disturbing new development the City of Toronto has begun to fill its
pounds with dogs shipped in from Montreal - reportedly 300 in 2008.
    "Residents want the City to care for Toronto's dogs and cats, even if
they are older, sick or injured and wonder why dogs are being brought in from
another Province." McConachie said.
    The City of Toronto took over three months to comply with The Toronto
Human Society's Freedom of Information request. On behalf of City residents,
The Toronto Humane Society is currently appealing to the Office of Information
and Privacy Commissioner to force release of the number of animals adopted.

    City of Toronto vs. Toronto Humane Society Graph

    PDF version of City of Toronto Response to Freedom of Information Request

For further information:

For further information: Ian McConachie, Senior Communicator, Toronto
Humane Society, (416) 392-2273 ext. 2149, (416) 984-3097

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