The largest case of animal cruelty in Canadian history

The largest case of animal cruelty in Canadian history

Animal shelters are full of animals that are just waiting for someone to take care of them and bring them to a place they can feel safe at and could call it home.

Doggy daycares across Winnipeg are filling up fast, there are many pets waiting to be adopted.

Volunteers are working hard to help as much as they can to save and protect the animals that ended up on the street, people donate and contribute with food and other things for homeless pets and as far as we know animals feel safe and taken care of in the zoo, but there is a story that is called the largest case of animal cruelty in Canadian history.

The popular Zoo St-Édouard in Quebec is at the centre of a controversial case after reports circulated that the zoo's owner, Normand Trahan, has been arrested by the Montreal SPCA for animal cruelty and neglect. The zoo has been open to the public for 30 years. Home to monkeys, lions, and tigers, among other exotic animals, the zoo is a frequently-visited attraction in Quebec.

The SPCA stated that it will take numerous weeks to relocate the animals - with the assistance of the Humane Society International - due to the "complexity of the operation". The zoo has previously received numerous warnings and accusations from the provincial government.

The arrest warrant of Trahan alleges that he "willfully caused the animals and birds in captivity pain, suffering, and unnecessary injury" and "willfully neglected or omitted to provide food, water, shelter, and sufficient care” to the animals in his charge."

Trahan could face a maximum sentence of two to five years behind bars if convicted. The SPCA announced that this case will likely set a precedent for future animal cruelty and neglect cases.

This is the first time in Canada that an animal cruelty lawsuit has led to a criminal procession, reserved for the most serious offenses, thereby allowing much more severe penalties.

This is a really shocking case of animal cruelty. Other zoo employees are being interviewed as witnesses for now. According to the Humane Society International of Canada, this could be the largest case of animal cruelty in Canadian history.

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