Paws R Us Kennel Raid-Canada-Nicole Lambombard-Loses Custody of 607 Dogs

  • Is anyone familiar with this breeder? It appears she had Basenjis in the past but I do not know if she was still breeding them.

    Here is the webpage that shows two of her former breeding Basenjis in new homes:

    Here is the story about her pleading guilty and losing custody last Thursday-11/24/11.

    So far, I have been unable to find a list of the breeds she lost custody of. It looks like she had a lot of breeds including what looked like an adult Afghan Hound-it looked awful. It is uncommon for a large kennel breeder to have Afghans.


  • Great news about the forfeiture, hopefully she is banned from breeding again. Wow, the government now has over 600 dogs, I hope they will all find good homes. None of the dogs on her site looked very good. Too bad she and her mother don't get to live in a small cage (jail) for awhile at least.

  • Unfortunately, I'm very familiar with Nicole Labombard…got into a screaming cat fight with her at the hair salon last winter which ended in her storming out with a full head of foils/bleach and calling the cops.

    I've fostered 2 of her dogs, a friend fostered 1. They were in horrible shape: giardia, the worst mange I've ever seen, stress induced Cushings, microthalmia--yet the sweetest tempraments I've ever experienced in a Basenji. Go figure!
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  • A lot of rescue groups have been trying to work with the 'people' (ie rescue organization) that went in and took the dogs. They have been very elusive. Something was not right on this from the beginning of the seizure. And no, the government doesn't have the dogs. BCOC rescue co-ordinator has been trying to work with them, but nothing so far. They would not even confirm if they had B's or not. The 'lady' stated that they didn't know what kind of dogs they had. HUH!!! They have not been very forthcoming.

  • I think there are some legal & regional issues involved here, Arlene, which may be why the seizure seems hinky to you: Firstly, until the dogs were legally removed from the owner's custody, especially given the litiginous reputation of the Lambombards and the tentative nature of Quebec's animal welfare law reform, they didn't want to jeopardize their case by making plans with potential adopters–especially if the dogs were returned to the Puppy Mill (!), which has happened previously in Quebec.

    Secondly, there's some cynicism concerning "Rescue Organizations" in Quebec: HSI Canada & the provincial SPCA's don't typically work with Breed Rescues like BRAT–they won't release an unvetted dog to anyone, and they won't release a vetted dog to a rescue–they will only adopt to individuals.

    While it isn't evolving quite the way we'd like, I believe the dogs involved in the seizure will have a soft landing. And isn't that what it's all about?

  • I do hope they end up in kind hands.

  • HSI came in from the US for a Canadian seizure. As far as the different rescue's know, HSI has been inundated with adoption applications since the ruling came down. They are trying to work with everyone, (so they say). Why am I so skeptical?- there were so many inconsistencies with their stories on the seizure and so little info that while, I am well aware of the regional and provincial laws of Quebec, there should have been more info on how this so-called Canadian seizure came about with US involvement. Why did they bring in trucks from the US to move Canadian dogs in Canada, to warehouse them in similar conditions that they came from in a warehouse setting?? Yes, they were legally removed from the owner, but many of the rescue groups are not happy with the way things were done and this has driven a wedge further into rescue in Canada-US relations.

    While I don't care if they adopt to individuals or rescue groups, why have they not, still at this point, have a clear idea of what dogs they have? Or, if they do not, nor intend to work with rescue groups, they should have certainly stated that by now. They have certainly had enough time to inventory, and vet, these dogs, and decide where they were going to go from the court ruling. There is no way they could have kept these dogs unless vetted. And that is according to Agriculture Canada. Many of the rescue groups are skeptical of HSI Canada because they have not worked with the Canadians on this. Sounds kind of doubled back. And furthermore, if they don't work with rescue groups, what does that say for them? And we are not BRAT in Canada, although we do work with BRAT.

    By the way, do you know how many Katrina dogs (I don't know how many dogs can be called Katrina dogs now) are still arriving in Canada for adoption? Again, these are US based operations. Truckloads of them-if you ask how I know, I see them at the border all the time.

    All we can do for now is wait and see what HSI Canada comes up with next. But, I, for one, won't hold my breath on that. In my opinion, HSI International is no better than PETA, and that isn't saying much. I hope they come through on this, but I don't think so. Which is just breeding bad blood further.

  • @sharronhurlbut:

    I do hope they end up in kind hands.

    Yes - kind hands for the dogs and not so kind hands for those breeders (it's hard to even call them that).

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