The provincial Ministry of Solicitor General confirmed on Tuesday Feb. 18 that 11 dogs have been removed from a property in Minden.
On Feb. 13 a ministry spokesperson said eight had been removed and since that time another three have been removed.
Removal of the first eight was “as a result of the owner not complying with orders related to standards of care” a spokesperson said at the time and that the dogs are now at the humane societies in Kawartha Lakes and Durham region. No details were given about the removal of the three most recent dogs.
Authorities have been actively investigating an allegation of animal neglect in Minden Hills. On Jan. 22 OPP officers attended a property on County Road 121 in Minden Hills responding to a call involving 14 hunting dogs. Animal welfare inspectors appointed by the Provincial Animal Welfare Services or PAWS were called in.
In an update to the Minden Times last week the Ministry of Solicitor General spokesperson said an investigation was underway at two properties in Minden with inspectors responding to both properties and a veterinarian called to assist.
Asked by the Times for additional details about the two properties (since the original information had only specified a single property) and about the other dogs (as the original information had said 14 dogs) the ministry spokesperson said it would be inappropriate to provide specific details as it was an active investigation.