The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has suspended the Toronto Humane Society as an affiliate, pending the outcome of an investigation.

The suspension was announced just as three OSPCA investigators and a veterinarian, accompanied by Toronto police, raided the downtown headquarters of the Toronto animal welfare group yesterday afternoon.

According to the OSPCA, the suspension means the Toronto Humane Society will not be able to conduct cruelty investigations and has been stripped of its police powers of enforcement and protection from liability under the OSPCA Act.

Yesterday’s raid and suspension come on the heels of a series of newspaper articles that allege the Toronto Humane Society is allowing “unnecessary suffering of animals” with its restrictive euthanasia policy.

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