The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reports that 20 huskies have been rescued from a property located on Dyno Road in Highlands East, about halfway between Apsley and Bancroft.
Last Saturday (February 23), Bancroft OPP received a complaint from the property owner that people had been trespassing on his property. When officers from Bancroft OPP arrived at the property, they spoke with officers from the Haliburton Highlands OPP, who had been on the property the day before to serve a court process on an unrelated matter.
At the time, the Haliburton officers had noticed multiple dogs in poor condition. One of the officers took photographs of the condition of the dogs. Officers then returned to the property the following day, when they found 20 huskies tied up to dog houses.
Officers spoke with the owner, who was getting assistance from the Siberian Husky Assistance & Rescue Program (SHARP), a non-profit volunteer-run organization located in Peterborough.
The Haliburton Echo reports that members of SHARP have since removed the dogs and placed them in foster locations. According to SHARP, the dogs are doing well and are being inspected by a veterinarian.
Police also contacted the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). The OSPCA is assisting police in the investigation, which is ongoing. No charges have yet been laid.
According to a media release from the Bancroft OPP, the dogs will be put up for adoption.
For more information about SHARP and to make a donation, visit sharprescue.ca.
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