Shannonville woman convicted of animal cruelty banned from owning livestock for 10 years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEShannonville, ON (November 24, 2016 ) – A 56-year-old Shannonville woman has pleaded guilty to three counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act and is banned from owning livestock for 10 years after failing to care for her horses.

On June 22, 2016, the Ontario SPCA received a call about two emaciated horses at a property in Shannonville, located 30 kilometres west of Napanee. The attending officer found a 34-year-old mare and 18-year-old gelding that were extremely thin, with their ribs, hips and spine protruding. Living in poor conditions, the horses had no food or water and were in need of veterinary care.

As a result of the investigation, Catherine Lachapelle was charged with permitting distress, failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water and failing to provide medical attention for the horses. She pleaded guilty on November 21, 2016 to all three counts and received a 10-year prohibition from owning any livestock and was also placed on probation for two years.

Lachapelle surrendered the horses to the Ontario SPCA where they received immediate care and veterinary attention. After being rehabilitated, the mare was adopted into a loving home and the gelding is currently going through the re-homing process.

“With resources available to help people who are unable to care for their pets, there really is no excuse when it comes to neglecting to care for your animals,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you fail to provide for them, there will be consequences under the law.” 

To report animal cruelty or neglect, call the Ontario SPCA’s 24-hour, province-wide dispatch centre at 310-SPCA.




Melissa Kosowan       

Ontario SPCA



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