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Abandoned zoo animals found near Sudbury

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has issued an urgent appeal for financial assistance to help care for 38 abandoned animals discovered near Massey.
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The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has issued an urgent appeal for financial assistance to help care for 38 abandoned animals discovered near Massey.

Ths SPCA has this morning issued the following press release:

**************************************************************** Thirty-eight abandoned zoo animals in desperate need of help

WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE, ON, May 5 - The Ontario SPCA is providing care for thirty-eight animals believed to be at one time part of a wildlife zoo near Sudbury, Ontario, and has issued an urgent appeal to the public for financial support in meeting the high costs of food and care for the neglected animals.

The animals include elk, musk ox, timber and arctic wolves, black bears, arctic fox, cougars and a bobcat, and were determined by an attending veterinarian to be in poor physical condition with a number suffering from emaciation. They were discovered in pens on a property at Massey, near Sudbury, and an investigation by the Ontario SPCA with assistance from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Provincial Police, is underway.

Inspectors from the Sudbury area responded quickly, bringing food and supplies to the abandoned animals.

"Our pressing concern is the cost of this rescue as we care for the animals and try to place them in good homes," says Mike Draper, Ontario SPCA Chief Inspector.

"It takes six hours a day to feed all the animals. Costly, specialized food is being shipped in from across the province.

"We may need to care for these animals for several weeks due to specialized re-homing requirements. Presently, they are being cared for on-site. Costs for these native species animals could exceed $35,000 by the time they are relocated."

If you would like to make a donation please call 1-888-ONT-SPCA ext. 322.

Background on the SPCA

A word about 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 27 branches and 32 affiliated humane societies and SPCAs.

The Ontario SPCA is affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

Under the OSPCA Act, Ontario SPCA investigators have the same powers as police officers when enforcing animal cruelty laws.

The Society's concern is ensuring the welfare of all animals - large and small, wild and domesticated - through cruelty investigations, animal care and rehabilitation, government and industry advocacy, and public education.

Charitable Business Number 88969 1044 RR0002

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