This is illegal in Canada yet it is still happening. The Criminal Code States, any person (including vets) can be charged with animal cruelty resulting in 5 years imprisonment and or a $10,000 fine. We have to make people aware of this so these people can be charged and we also need a Nationwide database so that people can locate their missing animals. Most shelters give you 3 or 4 days to locate your animal. This is unacceptable as most people do not have clue where to look in the first place.