August 17, 2010- Source: The Globe & Mail
Prosecutors dropped all 46 charges against the Toronto Humane Society, its former board and some senior staff members. The organization who laid the charges (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) were very upset. The crown attorney detailed a long list of constitutional violations by the OSPCA which made it impossible to use evidence gathered by the raid. Some of the violations: in searching through then-president Tim Trow’s home, investigators took personal items; use high-profile public relations firm to help maximize exposure such as documenting the finding of the mummified cat that eventually found its way to youtube. Also, the defence alleged OSPCA brought charges in order to stop THS from competing donations. The point being made by activists is that a single organization (THS) operating shelters & enforcing animal cruelty laws represents a conflict of interest.