Consecon man convicted of animal cruelty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Consecon, ON (December 29,  2016) – A 40-year-old Consecon man found guilty of animal cruelty has been sentenced to a three-year ban on owning animals as a result of an investigation into the treatment of a cat and dog in his care.

On October 31, 2015, the Ontario SPCA received a report about animals abandoned at a residence in the village of Consecon, located approximately 30 kilometres southwest of Belleville. Officers executed a search warrant at the condemned house and found one dog and one cat. The animals did not have access to food and the Labrador-type dog needed medical attention for an ear and eye infection.

Benny Milles, 40, pleaded guilty on December 19, 2016 in a Belleville court for failing to provide care necessary for general welfare and failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care for both animals. A Justice of the Peace sentenced him to a three-year prohibition from owning any animals. He also received a $500 fine and was ordered to pay $200 in veterinary fees.

Both animals were surrendered into the care of the Ontario SPCA 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 find yourself in a position where you are unable to care for your animals, contact your local 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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