The Ontario government is getting a black eye from animal rights groups after it euthanized 84 wayward raccoons and laid dozens of charges against a wildlife rehabilitation centre accused of mistreating them.

Mally’s Third Chance Racoon Rescue in Kawartha Lakes, ON said on its Facebook page that it is “heartbroken” and “traumatized” after animal welfare officers charged the owners with 23 counts under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

“Forty-nine raccoons were living in the same house as humans and domestic animals, including in bedrooms and bathrooms, causing significant biosecurity risks and depositing urine and feces everywhere,”

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