Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Plans to License, Inspect Kennels in Saskatchewan after 14 Dog Deaths

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Plans to License, Inspect Kennels in Saskatchewan after 14 Dog Deaths

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No plans to license kennels in Saskatchewan

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SASKATOON - Saskatchewan's chief veterinary officer says there are no plans to actively license and inspect kennels after 14 dogs died at a facility in Saskatoon, prompting calls for tougher regulations.

Dr. Betty Althouse said provincial regulations refer to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association code of practice for kennels, but there is no requirement for operators to use those standards.

"If there was a complaint or an investigation, that would be the standard that would be used as the expectation of care," said Althouse.

"If someone is following that code, they could not be prosecuted. But they are not required to follow the code."

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association's code of practice for kennels outlines humane care for dogs, including proper sanitary conditions, space for each animal, as well as nutritious, contaminant-free food and adequate potable water.

The dogs died on the weekend at the Playful Paws Center. Officials with the kennel said on their Facebook page that a rooftop heating unit malfunctioned.

The code of practice for kennels says the minimum allowable temperature for an indoor facility is 10 C, except for Nordic breeds. The suggested maximum temperature is 27 C.

Dr. Sherlyn Spooner, with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, said the group would love to see the kennel code become law, but added that's not the association's role as a non-governing body.

"Each province has to decide what they want to do," she said in a phone interview from Montreal.

British Columbia has said it will adopt the association's kennel code of practice and legislation is expected next year. Quebec developed its own code, said Spooner.

The current code was written in 2007 and is being updated. Spooner hopes it will be ready by the end of the year.

"So let's say Saskatchewan decides to put it into legislation, they don't have to reinvent the wheel at that point. …

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