TORONTO, Jan. 8 (UPI) — Two Toronto-area animal control officers were arrested in the midst of a long legal battle between two humane groups.
Police Thursday morning arrested Mark Beauchamp, an officer for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and charged him with obstruction of a peace officer, the Toronto Sun reported. The charge was based on allegations he informed Toronto Humane Society staff on June 2 the OSPCA had dispatched officers to inspect their facilities.
In November, the facility was closed to the public and senior staff were fired based on OSPCA allegations of neglect and abuse.
Later Thursday, police arrested Toronto Humane Society officer Trevor Smith and charged him with continuing to work as an officer while the society was suspended as an affiliate, the Toronto Star reported.
Meanwhile, the Globe and Mail reported the Toronto Humane Society, a registered charity, had spent $418,609 on lawyers in the first 11 months of last year and $276,248 on animal care.
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