Toronto Humane Society Update: Re-opens to public
Original article: Animal cruelty: Humane Society officials and president arrested, November 6, 2009
In follow-up to the late November story about the closure of the Toronto Humane Society facility, CTV Toronto has reported that it is set to once again reopen the doors to animals and the public.
More than a month after the Toronto Humane Society's doors were locked amid allegations of animal cruelty, a spokesman says staff at the embattled downtown shelter are anxious to get back to the business of rescuing stray and abandoned pets.
"Business operations... resumed Dec. 29..." and the facility is opening "to the public on Monday..." In consideration of the turmoil the many sheltered animals from this facility endured during and after the closure of their temporary hell-like home while in the care of the previous management, thankfully these animals will now have a safe and caring shelter as they are meant to have.
Trow, general manager Gary McCracken, head veterinarian Steve Sheridan, manager Romeo Bernadino and shelter supervisor Andy Bechtel have been charged with counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and cruelty to animals... All five men and the board of directors face additional animal-cruelty charges under the Ontario SPCA Act.
With the huge impact the closure of this facility had on other shelters and organizations all over eastern Canada during some of the nastiest Canadian months, hopefully the reopening of the Toronto facility will lighten the load.