According to Lee the kill rate is high and workers sign a confidentiality agreement. This isn't surprising at all. I hope more people with first hand accounts speak up. As I said in my earlier post, the business of sheltering animals is not easy but in my opinion it can be drastically improved.
Suzanne Lee says the OSPCA easily could have avoided the deaths of potentially hundreds of animals if simple procedures were followed and if there wasn’t such a high turnover in staff.
Lee quit her job as the OSPCA director of rehabilitation four years ago because she believed too many animals were being put down.
She also was angry that not all animals were given a complete checkup when brought to the Newmarket facility.
“This (ringworm outbreak) could have been avoided. The cat that brought the outbreak would have had sores. It should have been vet-inspected and quarantined, but 99% of the people there don’t have vet training — and there is always miscommunication and a constant change over in staff,” said Lee, who is a vet.
“When I first started there, my job was to rehabilitate the animals and find them homes. Then my job changed and I started to get 10 to 20 orders to euthanize animals a day. Out of every 10, six weren’t justifiable. It got to the point where I couldn’t handle it anymore.”
Lee once was told she had to put down six baby rabbits that were five minutes old, or she would lose her job.
“I had to stick a needle into their heart to kill them. I’m not proud of it but I did it,” she said.
The last straw was when a box of kittens found on Hwy. 400 were brought in and Lee was told to put them down.
“One could have been nursed back to health,” said Lee who at that point quit and took the kitten with her.
Lee says OSPCA employees have to sign a confidentiality agreement.
“They may take me to court but I swear everything I say is true.”