RAAW REFORM ADVOCATES FOR ANIMAL WELFARE
PROTECT ANIMALS FROM CRUEL VET
FEBRUARY 22, 2017 OSPCA HAS THE POWER TO STOP THIS MAN Staff at the Skyway Animal Hospital confirmed Wednesday February 22, 2017 that veterinarian Mahavir Singh Rekhi had returned to work after he was suspended by the Ontario College of Veterinarians In July 2016 Rekhi pleaded guilty to professional misconduct at a College of Veterinarians of Ontario hearing in July after four employees filed a complaint about the vet’s mistreatment of animals. Grahic video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMnUxOyLVdc The CVO suspended his license for 10 months, "reprimand issued", imposed a $10,000 fine for "PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT" without mention or reference to abuse or cruelty. Witnesses have come forward with video evidence of the cruelty this man imposed on some of the animals under his care. In December 2016 the Lincoln Country Humane Society released a statement saying they were conducting an investigation into claims of animal abuse by Mahavir Rekhi of the Skyway Animal Hospital. Nothing further has been reported. A follow up call to LCHS learned that the investigation is ongoing and will be presented to an OSPCA Review Board "eventually". (see press release below) There has been ample time for an investigation and we want Kevin Strooband of the Lincoln County Humane Society and the OSPCA to impose the strongest possible penalty on Rekhi immediately before he has the opportunity to hurt another animal. Rekhi should never be able to work with animals again. The maximum penalty under the OSPCA Act for cruelty to animals is a 2 year jail term, $60,000 fine and a life time ban from owning/treating animals. Do you job OSPCA. Take action immediately and file cruelty charges against Mahavir Rekhi. Since the CVO saw fit to allow this man to keep his veterinarian license, you must protect potential animal victims. We thank the wonderful people who had the courage to bring this story to the public and those who stand to protest this horrific situation. ADDITIONAL ACTION You can help warn people about this vet by posting a review: https://www.google.ca/search?q=Skyway+Animal+Hospital&oq=Skyway+Animal+Hospital&aqs=chrome..69i57.303j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> MEDIA RELEASE - St. Catharines, ON (December 7, 2016) – the Lincoln County Humane Society executed a warrant at the premises of 514 Welland Avenue, St. Catharines, also known as Skyway Animal Hospital today. The Criminal Code search warrant was executed as part of the investigative process undertaken by the Lincoln County Humane Society after allegations of animal abuse were brought forth against Dr. Mahavir Rekhi. E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: 905-682-0767 ext 508 W: www.lchs.ca
Release 21 Chatham Dogs to Temporary Sanctuary
These 21 dogs, seized from a local Tilbury dog fighting ring, have already suffered beyond comprehension. The dogs were seized almost a year ago and there have been 5 separate court delays which ultimately accomplished nothing. We have no idea how long this case may last. We ask the Ontario judiciary and decision makers involved in this case do not continue down this road of indifference Dogs are susceptible to a mental illness known as Kennelitis or "Kennel Crazy" when confined for long periods without physical and emotional enrichment. Shelters are unable to provide this necessary enrichment. A recent study on Canine Mental Health found: “Symptoms of this stress-induced canine compulsive behavior disorder can include spinning and jumping in the kennel, chewing incessantly, and jumping and pulling excessively if on a lead. Other more depression-like symptoms may include self-mutilation, lack of appetite and lethargy.” The next scheduled court date is on August 25, 2016 and we request that Motions be heard at that time to expedite this unconscionable never ending case. Each time a court date is rescheduled these dogs are subjected to further emotional and mental abuse. While the Criminal Code of Canada designates animals as property, those with a heart understand these are sentient beings. They are not cars that have been seized or a house which has defaulted on mortgage payments. They breathe, they feel, they suffer. Until such time a final decision has been made on the fate of these 21 dogs we ask they be released on a temporary basis to a place where they will not be further traumatized and punished. Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary in King City Ontario is a 52 acre utopia for rescued dogs and horses. They have the capacity, the resources and the willingness to take these dogs, under whatever reasonable restrictions the court may require, at no cost to OSPCA or the Province until their ultimate fate has been decided. Allowing the dogs to be temporarily housed at Dog Tales Rescue & Sanctuary will have no direct effect on the outcome of the case. The owners of the dogs have agreed to let Dog Tales house the 21 dogs. There is absolutely no justification for not allowing it. No purpose is served having them remain caged in a shelter. Every delay is additional punishment for these dogs. It is not just, it is not moral, it is not humane and it is not civilized. We need to see these dogs do not suffer any longer and can enjoy the waiting period until the case is settled in a place where they will not be further punished for the deeds of humans.
INVESTIGATE OSPCA SUDBURY
On Thursday April 28, a local Sudbury, Ontario rescuer was notified by the superintendent of an apartment building that 3 cats, 10 newborn kittens and a rabbit had been abandoned by a tenant. The rescuer immediately called the 310 SPCA emergency number. She was told that abandoned animals in an apartment are not the "problem of OSPCA they are the problem of the landlord" and "OSPCA had no authority to rescue abandoned animals". This information was later confirmed by Maureen Barclay, Animal Control Supervisor at the OSPCA head office in Newmarket, ON who claimed that due to the Landlord Tenant Act, OSPCA has no authority to enter a residence to rescue abandoned animals. The OSPCA Act trumps every other Act in Ontario when it comes to animals and they have never been stopped by the Landlord & Tenant Act. If they require a warrant in cases of emergency one is easily obtained with a call to a justice of the peace and a TeleWarrant is available within the hour. When it was clear OSPCA would not rescue the cats, kittens and rabbit, rescuers went in with the superintendent and took 2 Mother cats and 10 kittens to safety. There was one dead kitten found on the sofa surrounded by garbage. Unfortunately they had to leave one adult cat and an emaciated bunny behind but returned the next morning to get them. Tracy Lapping from the Sudbury branch of the OSPCA showed up around noon and told them they did not have the right to remove any animals. She went into the vacated apartment with the superintendent, viewed the horrific conditions of the trashed apartment, saw the one remaining cat and emaciated rabbit and left, leaving both animals behind. She instructed the superintendent that he was not to let anyone remove the remaining two animals. Yes, you read the right. This OSPCA "inspector" Tracy Lapping saw the abandoned cat and emaciated rabbit and left them there. She never returned nor did anyone else from OSPCA. Later that afternoon she subsequently contacted rescuers via email stating if anyone returns to the apartment to remove the remaining cat and rabbit, they risk being charged with obstruction under Section 11 (5) of the Ontario S.P.C.A. Act. Despite the threat, rescuers removed the cat and rabbit in the early evening. The rabbit is in very poor shape and not expected to survive. The cat is being cared for. Sudbury OSPCA won't do their job but they don't want anyone else to save animals at risk. Are the animals of Ontario simply to be ignored and allowed to suffer and die without any attempt whatsoever to help them? Exactly what is it that OSPCA does? Why do they claim to protect animals from cruelty when they inflict it themselves. This OSPCA agent blatantly ignored the condition of two abandoned and starving animals and willfully left them in distress. She did not fulfill even the most basic of her duties. Is that not cruelty as dictated in the Criminal Code of Canada and in the OSPCA Act? In January 2016, the same branch refused to step in after tenants reported a dog being beaten by its owner. When OSPCA refused to look into the complaints, local police were called. The police took the dog from its owner and held onto it for a month waiting for OSPCA to pick it up. They never did. They said because the Police Department seized the dog, the investigation was compromised and the responsibility lies with the police. The police were forced to return the dog to its abusive owner. Ironically on the OSPCA website they tell you if you suspect animal cruelty contact local police. We ask the Sudbury OSPCA be investigated and Tracy Lapping fired and charged with cruelty to animals under the OSPCA Act Obligations and Prohibitions re Care of and Harm to Animals Section 11:11.2 (1) No person shall cause an animal to be in distress. 2008, c. 16, s. 8.