Unsanitary conditions: she saves around 20 cats in a house that lifts her heart - THECHOWANIECS.COM

Unsanitary conditions: she saves around 20 cats in a house that lifts her heart

The SPCA is investigating a Quebec lawyer who left nearly twenty cats locked up in unsanitary conditions inside a house in Oka that she owns.

“You have to put on three or four masks to get into the house, it stinks so much,” denounces Josée Craig, a resident of Oka who helps animals in distress in her region.

Last week, she saw a post on social media from a resident alleging that the house next to hers was abandoned and cats were inside. This house belongs to lawyer Louise Harbour, who lives in Montérégie.

Fearing for the fate of the beasts, Mme Craig decided to investigate.

What she found there made her sick: nearly 20 cats were locked up there and feces littered the floor, according to what she told the Log.

According to the finance clerk at the Kanesatake Band Council, there was cat food but no water in the house. “How can cats survive in there?” she protests.


The litter left in the bathroom was obviously no longer sufficient for the needs of the cats.

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The litter left in the bathroom was obviously no longer sufficient for the needs of the cats.

SPCA investigation

Made aware of the situation last week, the Montreal SPCA told the Log started an investigation.

Chantal Cayer, director of the investigation office of the Montreal SPCA, indicated that the owner “exposes herself to charges at the level of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec (MAPAQ)”.

According to the Quebec law on animal welfare and safety, an owner must keep his animal in a “sanitary, clean, suitable place”.

The City of Oka conducted a site inspection last week, confirmed Mayor Pascal Quevillon.

“In terms of building maintenance, there is negligence, for sanitation too. »

Confronted by The newspaperthe owner of the premises Louise Harbor confirmed that she was the one who had put “15 to 18 cats” inside the house, but that it was part of a process to “save” them.

” I am doing rescue (animal rescue) with friends. […] I’ve been doing this for over 30 years,” she explains. She uses this house to keep cats that she will then bring to Ontario, where shelters accept animals more than in Quebec, according to her.


The house located on Rue des Pins in Oka is uninhabited.

Photo Olivier Faucher

The house located on Rue des Pins in Oka is uninhabited.

Nebulous situation

As for the insalubrity of the premises, Mme Harbor claims someone came to feed and water the cat “every two or three days”, but declined to say who it was. “I’m disappointed that people haven’t thought about changing the litter box,” she expressed.

Mme Harbor said she intends to comply with municipal regulations and that she will be at the scene in the coming days.

“I won’t put any more cats in that house, forget it! she said.

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