Île d’Orléans: search of a sled dog business

The Sûreté du Québec refuses for the moment to reveal the slightest detail in relation to the police operation which took place at 186, côte Lafleur. The land is home to a kennel, a residence and the Auberge Le p’tit bonheur, which has also ceased operations.

The entire property was put up for sale earlier this week.

The search began around 9 a.m. and ended around 3 p.m.

Despite the cessation of activities of Expédition Mi-Loup, dogs were still present on the company’s property during the visit of Radio-Canada on Thursday.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Israel Tanguay

One of the shareholders of the Auberge and Expédition Mi-Loup, Elisabeth Leclerc, holds the position of municipal councilor in Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans. Ms. Leclerc declined Radio-Canada’s interview request.

The majority shareholder of both companies is Antoine Simard.

Indignation

Mi-Loup Expedition made headlines in winter 2020 after videos of one of its employees hitting a dog were shared on social media.

The images had raised a wave of indignation on the Internet. The company had also suspended its activities after receiving violent threats leaving it to fear for the safety of its employees and customers.

Screen capture from a video showing an employee standing next to a team of sled dogs.

In February 2020, a video showing an Expedition Mi-Loup employee slapping a sled dog sparked many reactions on social networks. (Archives)

Photo: Facebook/Melina-Anne Shaffer

Last February, a report from the English network CTV investigated various animal abuse allegations against the company.

Animal rights activists said they entered the premises of Expéditions Mi-Loup illegally in order to obtain evidence of ill-treatment.

They would have discovered the bodies of an adult dog and several puppies in a freezer as well as a homemade installation which would have been used to euthanize dogs.

Closing

Expédition Mi-Loup ceased its activities a few weeks after the broadcast of the report by CTV. Most of the animals were said to have been evacuated from the kennel to a safe place during the first weekend in April.

Two women examine the contents of recycling bins on a rural plot.

The search took place for several hours.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Israel Tanguay

According to our information, several people have filed a complaint with the Sûreté du Québec after watching the report by CTV. The police force, however, was unable to confirm on Thursday that the search was linked to these complaints. He limited himself to saying that the operation resulted from an investigation.

The activist Shay Lee claims to have gone clandestinely to Expédition Mil-Loup on more than one occasion to take photos and videos of its installations. She was happy to learn that a search was underway at the business on Île d’Orléans.

Hopefully what happens today is a first step in the right direction towards getting justice for what all those dogs have been through.confided Ms. Lee in an interview with Radio-Canada.

With the collaboration of Colin Côté-Paulette and Camille Carpenter

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