December 7, 2011 – Source: The Globe & Mail
The Quebec government is getting stricter with its law against animal cruelty. Fines could go as high as $75,000 with amendments to animal protection legislation. The bill aims to crack down on puppy mills, giving government the power to close a kennel if it finds animals are being abused. Quebec has been considered the puppy mill capital of North America, with an estimated 800 unregulated breeding operations in Montreal alone. If passed, the bill will require some owners to be licensed. The proposed law also establishes rules on how animals are housed and what methods of euthanasia can be used. Agriculture Minister Pierre Corbeil says the legislation should help curb the abuses of pets for sale. In September, more than 500 dogs were seized from a Quebec puppy mill in what could represent the largest animal cruelty case in the province’s history. The dogs were found living in poor conditions without sufficient food and water. A month earlier, about 40 malnourished Huskies were found chained to trees on a property. Montreal’s privately held Berger Blanc pound also shocked many across the country. Quebec was name “the best province to be an animal abuser” in the 2011 annual report prepared by the U.S. based Animal Legal Defense Fund.