Princeton woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Princeton, ON (November 24, 2016) – A 42-year-old Princeton woman has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act for failing to provide veterinary care for her dog after it was struck by a car.

On May 20, 2015, the Ontario SPCA responded to a call about concerns for animals at a residence in Princeton, located approximately 20 kilometres east of Woodstock. Officers found a poodle-type dog that was unable to stand. Upon examination, the officers discovered the dog’s hind end was paralyzed and it was missing a front leg. Further investigation revealed the dog had chewed off its own leg after being hit by a car in February 2015.

Orders were issued under the Ontario SPCA Act to have the dog immediately seen by a veterinarian. Due to the severity of the dog’s injury and its deteriorating health, the dog was humanely euthanized at the recommendation of the veterinarian.

On November 2, 2016 Ann Parkhill pleaded guilty to one count of failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention. She was sentenced to two years probation and is subject to unannounced inspections of her property by the Ontario SPCA.

“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 Carol Vanderheide, Regional Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you find yourself in that position, contact your local Ontario SPCA animal centre or humane society to discuss your options.”

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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