Marc-Andre Laporte, 59, was found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty at the St. Jerome courthouse near Montreal, following the seizure of 97 fox terriers in November 2005 from his Blainville puppy mill.
Judge Jean Sirois rejected Laporte’s argument that he loved his dogs too much. When police raided the property, they found dogs matted in feces feeding on dogs’ carcasses and stronger dogs preying on weaker ones.
Almost 40 animals had to be destroyed. Laporte’s home was later condemned and demolished in March 2006.
Laporte got six months of jail time and up to $4,000 in fines.
More than 100 Fox Terrier dogs were living in horrific conditions in a Blainville home. The inside of this home was filled with an overwhelming stench, resulting from an elixir of excrement and decomposing dog carcasses. The waste was so prevalent within the home that it was piling-up into heaps.
All 101 Fox Terriers’ coats were very long, full of knots and fully covered in excrement. These little dogs resembled something straight out of a horror film. There were corpses of deceased dogs in different stages of decomposition within a sea of filth, as the living dogs ate their remains. Journalists from different media outlets, who were dispatched to cover this story, were stunned by the abominable conditions they witnessed. Overwhelmed by what they beheld, some journalist began vomiting! Everywhere, dogs were stacked atop of each other in cramped cages. In certain cases, dogs were unable to lift their heads because they were jammed between the raised floor, resulting from the accumulation of excrement and the top of the cage. Some of the dogs were carrying three times their weight from all the excrement collected in their hair.