527 Dogs Seized From Quebec Puppy Mill


527 dogs were rescued from a puppy mill outside Quebec in what appears to be the largest animal cruelty case in the province’s history. Quebec is known as the puppy mill capital of North America.

Dogs from 30 different breeds that ranged in age from puppies to adults were found Friday at a large-scale commercial breeding facility in a rural part of Montreal. They were reported to be living in unsanitary conditions without sufficient food and water. Many of the dogs suffered from skin and respiratory problems.

A routine inspection of the facility during the day on Friday led officials from the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food back to the puppy mill that evening to seize the animals. Workers from Humane Society International Canada accompanied them.

It took until late Saturday night for workers to transport all of the dogs to an emergency shelter set up outside Montreal.

Guy Auclair, a spokesperson for the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, said the scale of the seizure is “without precedent in Quebec.”

Rebecca Aldworth, executive director for the Humane Society said, “It was quite the logistical effort. We’re used to transporting animals in emergency situations but this was a very intensive, long operation.”

Lauren Scott, also with the organization said, “I personally can say that I found it heartbreaking to see what these dogs have endured.”

Volunteers with RedRover Responders and ANIMA-Quebec will provide round-the-clock care for the dogs while they are evaluated by veterinarians and the court decides if they will be adopted or returned to the owner of the puppy mill.

Owner Refutes Abuse Claims

Charlene Labombard who operates Paws “R” Us defended her breeding facility. She told the Montreal Gazette that her family started breeding dogs 20 years ago.

She accused inspectors of seizing the dogs because of “cobwebs on the ceiling” and because the “floors weren’t tiled.” She also blamed the dogs’ genes for some of the defects found on them.

On Sunday, Labombard told the Toronto Sun the raid had been a “setup.” “She believes a disgruntled former client and the animal rights community are behind the raid.”

The client admitted she gave information to officials after several of the dogs she purchased became sick and died. The two parties have been in a legal battle for the past 3 years.


Photo from jwbonez via flickr

New Regulations

The raid took place as Quebec prepares to release updated Animal Welfare Regulations for puppy and kitten mills. There are an estimated 800 unregulated breeding facilities in Montreal. A series of disturbing abuse cases earlier this year gave Quebec the title of “the best province to be an animal abuser” from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

The new Animal Welfare Regulations are straightforward and set minimum standards for cleanliness, euthanasia and abandoning animals.

They also call for the animals to have access to food and water, proper cages and sufficient exercise. An increase in fines and possible jail time is included for those found guilty of animal cruelty.

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William C
William C3 months ago


W. C
W. C12 months ago

Thank you.

Prima B.
PrimaAWAY B4 years ago

This was a great rescue and save for Canada.
The article is again from 2011 but look how many were saved or rescued at least. YAY!!

I just mentioned in an article that fits this one that there are huge numbers of dogs/cats that are in need of homes there. Toronto alone is major. they need a lot of foster and forever homes of you live there and are looking and/or able to at least foster. Most of the ones I know are fosters. Although I was helping someone on Toronto and there were quite a few people looking for cats at the time.

No more puppy mills . We say it and many get rescued but it's not stopping. The breeders never stop. That pisses me off so much. $800-$1000 average for an animal.

Marianne Forgo
Marianne Forgo4 years ago

Thank you for saving them.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

Very heartbreaking but this will continue to happen,unless something is done. And here in Toronto where i live ,we are caring for these rescues always it seems. It takes a toll on all the shelters. Ban puppy mills everywhere,please.

Manel Dias
Manel Dias4 years ago

In Canada the worst Province to be born as an Animal is the Province of Quebec. In this Province they simply do not have much rules to abide by & to have any animal to lead a life with it's own freedom. People in the other hand they do not have much kindness & compassionate towards animals either. They openly Abuse, illtreats, & made animals to suffer endlessly. Those Greedy scums every where in quebec has Puppy mills. No wonder this city is known all over as the evil Puppy mill city of North America. These vermins are the lowest in Canada and trying to pin point to the rest of Canada saying that they are the distinguish people, how ever on the contrary they are the bloody Disgusting people in Canada. No respect for no one. Such Morons.

Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for this great rescue

richa blue akasha
Raiin Blue5 years ago

Hope all these angels find love, care and good homes

Zana Zatanique
Jan Alexanian5 years ago

I have heard that many of the different breeds went to their breed specific rescue groups. One of the Westies was pregnant and whelped her litter shortly after the rescue group took custody of the dogs.

All of the Westies have been adopted. Hopefully the rest of the dogs will find furever homes soon too and "retire" from their former lives.

Puppy mills are an abomination.

Glenda L.
Glenda L6 years ago

This should be completely illegal everywhere, these scum make money from breeding and selling these poor creatures, while elsewhere thousands of unwanted dogs are euthanized at SPCA's every day, this is insane. All breeding should be limited to small operations with a maximum number per year, adequate facilities and care, and a responsibility to look after the animals if they are not sold.