Deplorable: Marineland Files Lawsuit Against OSPCA
Puppy and kitty shelters beware (Also, everything your eyes have told you is probably a lie):
Marineland has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario SPCA, seeking a reported $21 million.
A spokesperson for the OSPCA confirmed the lawsuit was filed Tuesday, but would not provide details about the allegations or the amount involved.
However a report by local radio station Newstalk 610 cited the figure as $21 million.
“The Ontario SPCA vehemently denies all of the allegations and will defend itself,” the organization said in a brief statement on its website. “No further comment can be made at this time as the matter is being referred to counsel and is before the courts.”
In an email, Marineland said it does not presently have any information to provide about the lawsuit.
The lawsuit comes more than two months after animal cruelty charges against Marineland were dropped by prosecutors after they found there was no reasonable chance of conviction on most counts. Of course, everyone saw the videos of animals suffering with their own eyes and their owner John Holer has been accused of everything from stalking and intimidation to shooting his neighbours dogs.
Vice Canada wrote a story titled 'Marineland is a Hellhole' and boldy stated 'We always knew that the Canadian side of Niagara Falls was a trashy craphole, but the local sea creature-based amusement park Marineland is the most hellish of attractions for miles around.'
The charges followed an investigation by the OSPCA that began in 2016, but the Crown attorney assigned to the case found that the chance of prosecution was low because the evidence was “more circumstantial than direct.”
After the charges were dropped, Marineland issued a statement saying it had suffered “reputational damage” as a result of the charges.
-With files from The Canadian Press