Dr Gus Thornton, a former WSPA president, has died following a long illness

Dr Thornton and his granddaughter Rose

Dr Thornton and his granddaughter Rose

He grew up and went to veterinary school in Oklahoma, USA. Through his work for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), he helped WSPA set up its first office and later served two years as WSPA President.

Mike Baker, Director General of WSPA, said: “He was a great veterinarian and humanitarian, and he was a true leader in both fields, nationally and internationally.   He cared so very deeply about animals and people, was a kind and generous person, and he spent his life helping others….he will be greatly missed.”

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