Don Cherry offers support as the Ontario SPCA and Dog Tales send a second group of Pit Bulls to new homes in Florida

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Stouffville, ON (August 1, 2017) – The Ontario SPCA and a team from Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary are en route to Florida with a group of Pit Bulls from an alleged dogfighting operation, to continue their rehabilitation.  Don Cherry joined the transfer teams at the Ontario SPCA Provincial Office in Stouffville to wish the dogs well on their journey.

In October 2015 the Ontario SPCA uncovered an alleged dogfighting operation near Chatham, Ontario. Several dogs were removed during that investigation and assessed by world leaders in dogfighting rehabilitation, the ASPCA. 7 of those dogs immediately passed the ASPCA’s assessments but due to lengthy court proceedings remained in the Ontario SPCA’s care until they were recently released from the courts to be rehomed.

In addition, one of the animals removed from the alleged dogfighting operation, gave birth to 11 Pit Bull puppies while in care of the Ontario SPCA. The puppies remained in the care of the Society for close to two years until ownership was recently released by the courts.

After having been spayed and neutered, the first group of these dogs are ready to be transported to two facilities in Florida.

Pit Sisters, a behavioural and dog training program with the mission to find challenging dogs new homes,  will be taking 10 of the dogs and Dogs Playing for Life will be taking four of the dogs.

“Sadly due to the unexpected lengthy court process, these dogs have been waiting nearly two years to be rehomed. Our staff have been actively working with them every day to continue their rehabilitation and  we are so pleased that we can finally relocate them and have them start the next chapter of their lives,” says Deputy Chief Jennifer Bluhm, Ontario SPCA.

The transport of these dogs has been fully funded  and executed through the generosity of Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary.

The Ontario SPCA welcomed animal lover Don Cherry to see the dogs before they started off on their journey.

Alison Cross


Ontario SPCA



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Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of close to 50 communities.

Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

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