If Berger Blanc’s critics have their way, no borough will ever again contract the for-profit pound to deal with Montreal’s lost, stray and abandoned animals.
“We need a municipally run and funded animal services shelter that provides education, licensing, sterilization and adoption as their primary mode of operation,” says Plateau veterinarian Judith Weissmann.
Until recently Berger Blanc, a private company with no animal welfare mandate, had contracts with 10 boroughs to handle 30,000 animals, approximately half of Montreal’s abandoned animal population. But that arrangement has come under criticism in the wake of an investigation by Radio-Canada’s Enquête show that alleged inhumane treatment of animals.
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