Dogs attacked by parasites, an unhygienic environment, non-existent veterinary follow-up, animals killing each other… The story of former employees and members of the entourage of a kennel in Lévis sends shivers down the spine.
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“We were told that an injured or too sick dog was not made for this life. They left him to die or killed him, there was no question of paying a vet,” says a former employee who worked for a few years at Chenil La Poursuite, and who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.
Permanently attached to a “4 or 5 foot leash,” poorly maintained, and without stimulation in the off-season, some of the roughly 200 dogs on site would become aggressive toward others, our sources explain.
During her visit to Chenil La Poursuite on August 26, activist Shay Lee filmed a scene in which a dog refused to let go of another animal’s neck.
“Recently they cut off a dog’s tail with a carpenter’s tool because he had done it to himself. nab of his neighbor,” says another source, pointing out that on several occasions it has happened that employees return in the morning to collect bodies.
Our informants also condemn killing puppies of new unwanted litters with a rifle or a sledgehammer… when these are not problems related to inbreeding.
A photo provided by a source and dated January 2020 shows a pool of blood after a fight between two beasts.
parasites and viruses
These allegations come just months after the closure of the company Expédition Mi-Loup on Île d’Orléans due to a similar scandal. The organization’s three owners were recently charged with animal cruelty.
After hearing about the situation in Chenil La Poursuite, Shay Lee, an activist involved in the fall of Expédition Mi-Loup, went to Lévis to find out.
Posing as a foster home, she was able to pick up about 30 dogs that the kennel no longer wanted, which she then treated and sent to the shelter. But what she saw there completely amazed her.
“It looked like a swamp, there was mud mixed with blue-green algae everywhere. The dog’s water was yellowish and they were circulating between their excrement and the carcasses of raw chickens,” says the one who, like several of our sources, filed a complaint with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec (MAPAQ).
Several of the canines she rescued were also infected with parasites, worms or parvovirus, according to reports from veterinarians consulted by The newspaper.
Mrs. Lee observed several bowls filled with yellowish water during her most recent stay with the organization.
The newspaper went to the site of the dog sled business yesterday to question the main owner of the place, Laurent Caouette, about the accusations against him.
If he initially refused to comment on the situation and wanted to await MAPAQ’s visit in the coming days, he finally denied the conditions of which he is accused.
“It is completely wrong! There has never been a dog that has been mistreated here. It is people who want to close the kennels that tell lies. We follow the MAPAQ rules,” says Mr. Caouette.
Call to elected officials
Although he considers the comments from former employees and members of the organization’s entourage to be “false rumours”, the man nevertheless fears the consequences these may have for his business.
“If we close, we will have to euthanize 200 dogs,” he sighs.
Nearly 500 people have also sent an email to various provincial and municipal elected officials urging them to investigate the site as soon as possible.
Asked about the Chenil La Poursuite case, MAPAQ did not respond to our requests yesterday.