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MNRF investigate and seize animals at local raccoon rescue

DAN CEARNS The Standard

KAWARTHA LAKES: A local animal rescue has become the target of an investigation by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).

The Ministry conducted a search and seizure procedure, at Mally’s Third Chance Raccoon Rescue in Kawartha Lakes, late last month.

“The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) received information, from the public, regarding this licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. In response to this information, an investigation was opened, and on September 26th, 2023, Conservation Officers conducted a search warrant in support of this investigation. The ministry took custody of affected wildlife and transported them to a secure facility to be cared for. Experts were on site, to ensure the safety and welfare of the wildlife throughout the operation, including those specializing in wildlife care, handling and health. A veterinarian is currently supporting the ongoing care of these animals. As this matter remains an open investigation, we are unable to provide any further details at this time,” read a statement from MNRF, emailed to The Standard.

In a Facebook post, Mally’s Third Chance rescue described the incident as a “military-style raid” and stated, the Ministry “seized more than 95 animals in our care.”

“They were stalked and ruthlessly chased like prey within, what was supposed to be, the safety of their home. These were all our healthy, fully vaccinated babies we had been raising through the spring and summer, many of which were just days away from being released,” the post added.

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