Marmora man convicted of animal cruelty

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Marmora, ON (December 30, 2016) – A 34-year-old Marmora man found guilty of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act has been sentenced to a $1,000 fine as a result of an investigation into the treatment of a squirrel.

On August 24, 2016, the Ontario SPCA received a report about a squirrel in distress at a residence in Marmora, located approximately 50 kilometres north of Belleville. An Ontario SPCA officer attended and found a squirrel in a cage in complete sun exposure. The weather that day was sunny with a high of 29°C.

The squirrel was removed and appeared to be unconscious and gasping for breath. It was rushed to an animal hospital, but died on route. A necropsy revealed the animal died from severe dehydration due to exposure.

On December 19, 2016, Stanley Geertsma was found guilty in a Belleville court for permitting distress to an animal and was fined $1,000.

“Live trapping is a serious responsibility and could lead to charges if not performed properly,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “Live trapping may seem like an immediate and easy fix to your wildlife problem, but it is only a temporary solution. Homeowners should take action to determine what attracted the animal to their property and remove or repair the sources of attraction.” 

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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