Toronto woman convicted of animal cruelty banned from ownership for 10 years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON (December 7, 2016) – A 31-year-old Toronto woman has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act and has been banned from owning animals for 10 years after her dog was found to have prongs from a prong training collar embedded in his neck.

On September 12, 2016, an approximately one-year-old Rottweiler-type dog was surrendered and taken into the care of the Toronto Humane Society. The owner of the dog stated she noticed that a few prongs from the dog’s prong training collar had started to puncture his neck.

Toronto Humane Society staff removed the dog’s collar with bolt cutters and discovered that all 16 prongs in the collar were embedded. An examination revealed that tissue had grown around the prongs, indicating they had been in the dog’s neck for some time, possibly since he was a puppy. The dog has since recovered and has been adopted into a loving home.

Latifa Badri, 31, pleaded guilty on November 29, 2016 to one count of causing an animal to be in distress and one count of permitting an animal to be in distress. She was sentenced to two years probation, a 10-year ban on owning or caring for animals and will be subject to random inspections by the Ontario SPCA for three years.

“We are pleased to see the court’s decision in this sentencing,” says Alison Green, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “Leaving your animal in distress is never an option.”




Melissa Kosowan       
Ontario SPCA

Tegan Buckingham
Toronto Humane Society
(416) 392-2273


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