Ontario SPCA

Ontario SPCA

April 01, 2010 13:28 ET

Toronto Humane Society Agrees to Close Shelter, Current Directors Facing Animal Cruelty Charges to Resign, New Board to Be Chosen in Supervised Elections

Most animals to be adopted or sent to other animal shelters; Ontario SPCA to hold media availability at 3:30 p.m. today

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2010) - Under a settlement agreement approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Toronto Humane Society will close its facility on April 12 in order to make major operational and management reforms.

A media availability will be held at the following time and location:
3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Ruby & Shiller Barristers
11 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto
(One block northwest of Avenue Road and Bloor Street)

THS members will hold a Special General Meeting on May 30 to elect a new 15-member board of directors, which will assume control of the facility on June 1, 2010, when it is scheduled to re-open for emergency animal care and pet adoptions. The THS's current directors, all of whom were charged with cruelty to animals under Provincial Offences statutes, have agreed to resign.

Between April 12 and June 1, the THS facility will be closed so that staff can receive training from experts on the latest and most effective procedures for animal care. The facility will also be cleaned and acquire new equipment to improve operations, according to Garth Jerome, Executive Director of the THS.

Most importantly, all animals currently under care at the THS will continue to get top quality care at other animal shelters. Many are still available for adoption to loving homes.

There are some animals that are terminally ill or pose a danger to themselves and humans. These animals will be assessed by certified veterinarians, who will determine the next steps of their care in accordance with the best and most humane medical options available.

"The past four months have been a difficult period for the Ontario SPCA, THS staff and volunteers and animal lovers everywhere. Finally, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A new chapter is beginning at the THS that will see it transformed into a responsible, accountable and respected animal shelter and pet adoption centre," said Rosaline Ryan, Ontario SPCA spokesperson.

Six people, all former senior staff at the Toronto Humane Society including former president Tim Trow, have been charged with a variety of offences ranging from personating a peace officer to cruelty to animals.

Contact Information

  • Ontario SPCA
    Alison Cross
    (905) 853-2108