Finally, the Ontario SPCA investigates:
NIAGARA FALLS – The Niagara Falls Humane Society says the removal of animals isn’t out of the question after an inspection at Marineland Thursday morning.
Executive Director Jay DesRoches, three inspectors from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a representative from the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums and two other marine mammal specialists spent two hours and 40 minutes inside the Niagara Falls amusement park examining the conditions and living quarters of the animals.
“There are some issues that we need to follow up on,” DesRoches said. “Any concerns the OSPCA would have, we would give Marineland a timeline to rectify. The removal of animals is always possible.”
The Humane Society official said the inspection team only examined the marine animals in the park because that’s what a complaint filed by former trainer Phil Demers focused on.
“We looked at how they’re kept, where they’re kept and all relevant information,” DesRoches said.
The inspection comes more than a week after photos and video were released of animals that appeared to be in poor health condition. Demers, who worked at the park for 12 years as a sea animal trainer, quit in May and then went public with allegations of animal mistreatment and deplorable water conditions.
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Animals could be removed from Marineland
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