This hound was found on Sunday, near Aurora On. with a head injury serious enough to blind him in one eye, and the numbers 191 chemically burned onto both his sides. He’s been nicknamed Lucky 191.
The OSPCA believes he may have been involved in hunting, dog fighting or simply abused at home. I however, believe he more than likely comes from a research facility.
Animal research facilities often use beagles for testing, and although Lucky here doesn’t look like a purebred beagle to me, he certainly may be a mix; bred in the facility itself. Looking into animal testing facilities within Aurora would be my first move if I were an investigator on the case. Sadly, even if he has come from a research facility, not much could be done about his abuse.
Anyone convicted of animal abuse in Ontario can face up to two years in prison and a $60,000.00 fine, research facilities and their employees, however, are exempt from these laws. Ontario has in place, something called the Animals for Research Act, which basically states that no cruelty charges can be brought against the company or it’s employees by anyone, including the police and OSPCA. The only charge that could be brought against a research company for Lucky (if he actually comes from one) would be under the “Sale or other disposition of dog or cat” meaning they improperly disposed of the dog. What the fines would be, I have no clue.
I wish Lucky a speedy recovery.