A few thousand minks may be on the loose after someone broke into a Montérégie fur farm and released the animals.
The farm in St. Jude, near St. Hyacinthe is at the heart of allegations of animal mistreatment.
SQ spokeswoman Joyce Kemp says the owner noticed this morning that the minks had been released from their pens.
A spokesman for the Forests, Wildlife and Parks Department says the exact number is unclear — but that there could be a few thousand.
Animal advocates like the SPCA and Humane Society International Canada had called on the government last week to seize the animals because of their poor health and substandard living conditions.