Deseronto woman convicted of animal cruelty

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Deseronto, ON (December 20, 2016) – A 57-year-old Deseronto woman found guilty of animal cruelty has been sentenced to a lifetime ban on owning animals as a result of an investigation into the treatment of five cats and two dogs in her care.

On December 3, 2015 the Ontario SPCA was notified that a resident of Deseronto, located about 30 kilometres east of Belleville, wanted to surrender five cats and two dogs. The two dogs were very thin and were housed in a garage, without food or water. The garage floor was covered in feces and urine. The five cats were located in a shed, with no food or water. Four of the cats were in poor body condition. The fifth cat was found dead in a cage.

Lori Brant, 57, pleaded guilty on Thursday, December 15 in a Napanee court for failing to provide care necessary for general welfare. A Justice of the Peace sentenced her to a lifetime prohibition from owning any animals, except for one existing dog she was permitted to keep. She also received a two-year probation and is subject to inspections by the Ontario SPCA twice per year.

The animals surrendered into the care of the Ontario SPCA were rehabilitated and have since been re-homed.

“There is no excuse when it comes to failing 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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  • Age of accused
  • Where and when did she plead guilty?
  • Can keep one dog – is it one existing dog? Can she replace it when it dies?
  • Why did she surrender them if the animals were in terrible condition?
  • Were the animals emaciated?
  • What happened to the animals