Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Quebec Zoo Owner Accused of Animal Abuse Is Now Accusing The SPCA of Animal Abuse

Seems like a weird move but ok.
Quebec Zoo Owner Accused of Animal Abuse Is Now Accusing The SPCA of Animal Abuse

You may have heard about the Quebec man who was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and neglect. The man, Norman Trahan, owns the popular Zoo St-Edouard, and was allegedly running the zoo as an "unaccredited facility."

While there are little details about the nature of the crimes, the Zoo owner has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty and neglect. The animals were taken away and are being kept from the zoo owner until further notice.

The animals were seized by the SPCA and the Quebec police. The SPCA does not have the facilities to take care of exotic animals like lions, tigers, kangaroos and zebras, so the Miller Zoo has stepped in to take care of the allegedly mistreated animals.

Now, the zoo owner is countering the allegations made against him, CJAD reports. Trahan wants the charges against him dropped and his property returned.

READ ALSO: Montreal's Concordia University Is Hosting A Massive Pop-Up Farmer's Market This Week

Trahan hired an animal expert to visit the facilities where his animals were being kept over the weekend. The pair alleged that the health and safety of the animals are being compromised.

The zoo owner's legal team is also arguing that "the SPCA was not impartial while exercising its duties as peace officers and falsely claimed the animals at the zoo were in imminent danger." 

The SPCA replied to these statements in a Facebook post:

READ ALSO: Quebec Zoo Owner Arrested For Animal Cruelty

They say that they had ample evidence after many months of investigation, and a judicial ordinance that allowed them to search the premises.

A Quebec zoo owner accused of animal neglect and animal cruelty has, in turn, accused the SPCA of animal abuse. According to Trahan and his legal team, the health and safety of the animals are being compromised at their current location. We will update you with any news concerning this story.

To find out more about the initial allegations, you can read our original article.

We also wrote about where the animals are being kept now.

To read CJAD's piece about the allegations the zoo owner is making, click here.

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.