Two Toronto Animal Control Officers Arrested

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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One Response to “Two Toronto Animal Control Officers Arrested”
  1. Shelagh says:

    This statement is a bit erroneous…

    “In November, the facility was closed to the public and senior staff were fired based on OSPCA allegations of neglect and abuse.”

    On Nov. 26th, the OSPCA had 5 people arrested. The head vet Steve Sheridan, shelter supervisor Andy Bechtel, business manager Romeo Bernadino, shelter manager Gary McCracken, and volunteer president Tim Trow, plus 14 board members each are charged with 5 counts of animal cruelty.

    Just this past Thursday, Tre Smith a former OSPCA investigator who works for the THS was arrested (for acting as an investigator while under suspension in June) along with another investigator Mark Beauchamp from Newmarket was arrested on Thursday morning for tipping off the THS to the raid back in June, which allowed them to do a massive overnight cleanup, and allegedly they moved/snuck the sickest animals from room to room after they had been checked out by the OSPCA… there are even rumours that some of the sickest animals were pts before they got there. :/

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