70 puppies seized in fraud investigation turned puppy mill within Laurentian home

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70 puppies were seized on Oct, 11, from a Laurentian home that had been turned into a puppy mill. Four dogs were found dead in the basement of the home and a 44-year-old woman was arrested.

A spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec said that the discovery of the puppies stemmed from the provincial force was investigating a fraud complaint filed by the Quebec Order of Veterinarians concerning fake vaccination certificates.

Eloïse Cossette said the dogs were only discovered as SQ officers entered the residence to make an arrest in connection with the fraud case. Various dogs were discovered, some were caged and others were stuck in a bathtub.

After clearing the residence, Quebec’s agriculture ministry turned the surviving dogs over to the SPCA.

The SQ investigation is continuing and will now consider whether animal cruelty charges will be laid.

Read the full story over at The Montreal Gazette.

This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.