MONTREAL – Dozens of pets and their owners gathered in front of Montreal City Hall Saturday morning to send a strong message.
Since 2011, Le Berger Blanc has been plagued with allegations of animal cruelty, and protesters said the shelter’s conditions and practices are only getting worse.
“I don’t think the city thinks it’s as serious as it is,” said animal activist, Maia Carriere. “I feel like a lot of people don’t know the issue. So many people think it’s just a shelter but it’s really not, it’s nothing like that.”
Protest organizer, Manon Pelchat, insists the SPCA take in the animals who are under the shelter’s care.
She told Global News that she won’t stop until there’s justice or until the shelter closes its doors.
Back in February, there was uproar when the city of Laval awarded the controversial shelter with a contract to become its animal services provider.
Laval said despite its reputation, the shelter came in at the lowest bidder.
Activists say it’s time the province makes a change.
“Today in this day and age to have these animals in these types of conditions is just unbelievable,” said Eileen Carriere. “We’re not a third world country, but yet we’re portrayed as one.”
Global News reached out to the establishment for comment, but our calls were not returned.”