OSPCA Presents Findings of the Independent Review of the York Region Branch and Ensures Public that the Recommendations Are Being Implemented


“We accept the report in its entirety,” said Rob Godfrey, Chair of the Ontario SPCA. “We plan to act on each finding and recommendation and, in fact, have already begun to act.”


The independent review was conducted by Dr. Alan Meek and former Ontario Superior Court Chief Justice Patrick LeSage. The review examines the procedures and protocols that were in place at the time of the York Region ringworm outbreak in May 2010, and how the outbreak was managed by staff and senior management.


“The report states that the events at the Newmarket shelter were due to inadequate policies, procedures, training and record keeping,” said Godfrey. “But the report also states that lack of adequate funding has negative implications for the Ontario SPCA’s ability to provide service.”


In addition to increased funding, the comprehensive report outlines recommendations for all aspects of the Ontario SPCA’s operations. The findings provide valuable information to assist the Ontario SPCA in enhancing its infection control programs, organizational structure, veterinary roles within the organization, occupational health and safety standards, animal adoption procedures, testing, prevention and training. The report also recommends legislative amendments. The Ontario SPCA fully accepts all of the recommendations presented in the report with many already underway.


“I believe that the Ontario SPCA board and management has a track record of acting on recommendations and I firmly believe that great organizations rise in times of trouble,” said Godfrey. “This review should serve as a model for shelters across Ontario, this country and across our continent. I, along with our management, will lead this organization to a brighter tomorrow, a tomorrow where the Ontario SPCA is the best animal welfare organization in the world.”


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For more information contact:
Alison Cross
Manager, Communications
Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
905-853-2108 (mobile)


The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA): Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is a registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities relying primarily on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; advocacy; and humane education. The Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society investigators with police powers to do so – making the Ontario SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province. The Ontario SPCA is affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.



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