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LAW Concerned by Reports of Continued OSPCA Euthanasia

Lawyers for Animal Welfare (LAW), an organization that campaigns on behalf of animals, is concerned by leaked reports claiming that the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is continuing to euthanize animals at its York Region Branch.

“Concerned members of the public have contacted Lawyers for Animal Welfare (LAW) stating that information has been leaked suggesting that at least two more dogs have been euthanized since the OSPCA York Region Branch announced that it would halt its mass euthanasia program. LAW takes these reports seriously and is currently assessing the situation and considering all available options to enforce the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and save the lives of the remaining animals,” said Evelyne Kostanska, President of LAW.

Previously the OSPCA York Region Branch announced that it was going to euthanize up to 350 animals in order to control an outbreak of ringworm – a treatable fungal skin infection that can be difficult to control in shelter environments.

The OSPCA announced that it would not continue with its plans for the mass euthanasia after mass protests and public outcry including a cease and desist letter sent by LAW signed by lawyers and veterinarians.

Lawyers for Animal Welfare (LAW) is made up of legal practitioners and volunteers across Canada. It is an incorporated Registered Charity (#80399 7212 RR0001) dedicated to advancing public knowledge of animal practices and preventing the abuse and killing of animals through the enforcement of existing laws.

Tax deductable donations can be made on the website using credit card or PayPal at: or by contacting the organization to make alternative arrangements.

For more information contact LAW at: info AT