Ontario Dog Sledding Operation Loses Appeal

The Divisional Court has dismissed an application for judicial review by Windrift Adventures, a dog sledding operation located in Moonstone, Ontario, challenging a decision by the Animal Care Review Board (ACRB) to uphold the seizure of over 200 dogs from the tourist attraction. The dogs were seized by Animal Welfare Services (AWS), the provincial animal law enforcement agency, in 2021 after the facility failed to address several compliance orders requiring them to provide adequate care and shelter to the animals. The court found that the ACRB acted reasonably, noting that “it [was] obvious the dogs were in distress when they were seized, [and] obvious that they would have been returned to a situation of distress…” if returned to Windrift Adventures.