A Moonstone-area kennel owner is wondering if laws need to be changed after a group showed up unannounced to protest the treatment of animals there.
Adrienne Spottiswood, one of the owners of Windrift Kennels, says the whole situation was made worse with the presence of her kids. “We had our children, four children under the age of nine, playing outside,” Spottiswood told Barrie 360, “and all of a sudden there were about 20 people, dressed in black with sunglasses and chains, coming from every direction in our forest.”
Windrift Kennels made headlines in February of last year, after social media posts alleged animal abuse at the kennel, bringing it into the crosshairs of animal activists. “The OSPCA has been out, our dogs are cared for, they’re regularly vet-checked,” said Spottiswood, “these are working dogs, so they enjoy being outside, running, and these activists are people who have no idea about this breed of dog.”
“My children are not sleeping because they’re terrified, they’re not playing outside because they’re terrified,” Spottiswood added.
Constable Martin Hill with Orillia OPP confirms that fifteen people were taken into custody on Saturday, while all have been released unconditionally.
“We called the police and the police came,” said Spottiwood, “they say that they’re peaceful, but how is breaking the law peaceful?”
Constable Hill says the incident remains under investigation.
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