Toronto Animal Cruelty Investigator Reinstated

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Tre Smith has his job back and has been reinstated as an animal cruelty investigator for the Toronto Humane Society.

Since August, Smith had been suspended after he saved Cyrus, a rottweiler, from a hot car and handcuffed Cyrus’ owner to the car when he came to the scene.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suspended Smith’s license while they conducted an internal investigation.

This past Saturday OSPCA officials decided to reinstate Smith and allow him to resume his duties, although Smith was cited for misconduct for using handcuffs on Cyrus’ owner.

After hearing the news, Smith said it would take awhile to get back to normal after the long suspension. He added, “This has rattled me to the core of my soul. I had faith in the system and that has been deeply shaken.”

But in regards to his job, Smith said that he still loves his job and is excited to be back fighting crime against animals.

Source: Toronto Star

(Thanks shibadiva)

12 Responses to “Toronto Animal Cruelty Investigator Reinstated”

  1. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    And may we be the first to say: “It is about darn time, folks!”

  2. Debra says:

    The rules need to be changed. I totally applaud his decision to handcuff the owner to the car until the dog had been made safe.

  3. Debra says:

    “totally” applaud. Yep, I am in California :D I try not to talk that way…and it still creeps in.

  4. Judy says:

    Yes it is about time.

  5. Merlin Marshall says:

    Score one for the good guys. We need more people like this investigator.

  6. shibadiva says:

    It’s been, what, 5 months since the incident, and you could practically predict the outcome. The OSPCA which oversees the licensing of all provincial inspectors, bless its bureaucratic heart, hired some big lawyers for this case, no doubt anticipating legal trouble from Paul Soderholm, the abuser.

    Tre is a colourful character and he does so much for the animal welfare cause by getting into the public eye. He’s a regular on a TV series, Animal Housecalls, which covers humane issues.

    I can just imagine the OSPCA hearing, with everyone “harrumphing” around the table and warning him to be more circumspect next time.

    Many of us here are so happy he’s finally back on the beat! There’s an open house at Toronto Humane Society this week, and Tre is guest of honour!

    Now, if only the same fortune can come to Jamie Glandon, the assistant ACO on admin leave from the Rushville, Indiana shelter for being the whistleblower on cruel and improper euthanization procedures (think Baber in Tennessee). The shelter has an obscene 93% kill rate. Jamie was hired on something like 6 months ago, and has done some amazing things to improve conditions there in the short time she has been on the job. But she is being hung out to dry by the same glacial bureaucracy as Tre was.

    http://www.itchmo.com/dog-surv.....elter-4036

  7. shibadiva says:

    It’s been, what, 5 months since the incident, and you could practically predict the outcome. The OSPCA which oversees the licensing of all provincial inspectors, bless its bureaucratic heart, hired some big lawyers for this case, no doubt anticipating legal trouble from Paul Soderholm, the abuser.

    Tre is a colourful character and he does so much for the animal welfare cause by getting into the public eye. He’s a regular on a TV series, Animal Housecalls, which covers humane issues.

    I can just imagine the OSPCA hearing, with everyone “harrumphing” around the table and warning him to be more circumspect next time.

    Many of us here are so happy he’s finally back on the beat!

    Now, if only the same fortune can come to Jamie Glandon, the assistant ACO on admin leave from the Rushville, Indiana shelter for being the whistleblower on cruel and improper euthanization procedures. The shelter has an obscene 93% kill rate. Jamie was hired on something like 6 months ago, and has done some amazing things to improve conditions there in the short time she has been on the job. But she is being hung out to dry by the same glacial bureaucracy (with a little ol’boy mentality thrown in) as Tre was.

    http://www.itchmo.com/dog-surv.....elter-4036

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great news! Any Humane Society would be fortunate to have a proactive person like Tre on their team. But why issue officers handcuffs if they are not supposed to use them when they deem it necessary? (Guess my radical California mentality is showing too.)

  9. anon says:

    Finally, sanity has prevailed. Yes, why issue handcuffs if the officer cannot use them when necessary, i.e. when safety is an issue?

  10. kathy says:

    Have to wonder why it took more than 5 minutes to investigate this—–our tax dollars at work????? (Or Canada’s rather)

  11. Lynn says:

    I am SO glad Tre Smith’s been reinstated. LONG overdue. This man is a huge credit to his profession.

    Lee Oliver is indeed a good friend to be so supportive.

    As far as the OSPCA citing Smith for misconduct for using the handcuffs, I think this was unfair. I would have thought Smith’s first obligation would have been to keep the animal safe. And if this meant handcuffing the jerk for leaving the dog in the car, then so be it. After all, why was Smith issued handcuffs, if not to use them for situations such as this?

    Regarding Soderholm’s statement, “This isn’t the Middle Ages when you put someone in the city square and people throw rocks at you and spit at you when they’ve done a crime,” I can only believe that in cases where people leave pets in the car, perhaps we SHOULD inflict Middle Age punishment!

    While I don’t know the basis of the reinstatement, I would like to think that the letters and emails we sent to the Canadian officials had some impact.

    Regardless, I am very happy for Toronto. You’ve got a wonderful friend in Tre Smith!

    PS: I know Cyrus is still in his foster home and doing well……is he a pawn in all of this, or will they be finding him a new home?

  12. shibadiva says:

    Toronto Humane Society is looking to find Cyrus a forever home, and I guess they would be using some legal funds to counter any suit from Paul Soderholm who indicated, in the fall, that he wanted to get “his dog” back.

    They have been successful in the past at removing animals from abusers who’ve filed suit, despite the rulings of some of the other bureaucratic agencies. The THS and OSPCA also have to deal with a province-appointed “Animal Care Review Board” which is an appeals board that citizens can go to. Soderholm may just have behaved badly enough in this situation, not only by neglecting Cyrus, but by threatening the officer, that Cyrus has a chance at being rehomed.


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