Ontario SPCA charges Ottawa man with animal cruelty after discovering two emaciated dogs

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Ottawa, ON (December 12, 2016) – A 42-year-old Ottawa man has been charged with three counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act for his treatment of two severely emaciated dogs.

On November 2, 2016 the Ontario SPCA responded to a call in Ottawa about two dogs in poor condition. When the officer arrived at the residence they discovered a four-year-old female Boxer-cross that was severely emaciated and a 13-year-old male Boxer-cross, which was also very thin. Both dogs were surrendered to the Ontario SPCA and have since been re-homed.

The accused has been charged with permitting distress, failing to provide medical care and failing to provide care for the general welfare of the dogs. His first appearance date is set for January 12, 2017, at Provincial Offences Court in Ottawa.

“There is no excuse when it comes to failing to provide for your pets,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you find yourself in a position where you are unable to care for your pets, contact your local Ontario SPCA animal centre or humane society to discuss your options and ensure your animals receive the care they require.”

If you see an animal in distress, call the Ontario SPCA’s province wide, 24-hour dispatch centre at 310-SPCA immediately.



Melissa Kosowan       

Ontario SPCA



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