Ottawa residents charged with animal cruelty after missing dog found in distress

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Ottawa, ON (March 14, 2017) – Two Ottawa residents have been charged with animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act after a dog that had been reported missing last year was discovered in distress in an apartment in the city’s East end.

The Ontario SPCA received a report from the Ottawa Police Service on February 22, 2017 concerning conditions inside an apartment in the city’s East end. A dog that had been reported missing in September of 2016 was discovered by police at the residence and found to be in need of veterinary attention. Police are investigating how the accused came to have the dog in their possession.

The dog was returned to her rightful owner, who immediately took the animal to a veterinarian. An examination revealed the dog was severely emaciated and infested with fleas. She also had an infection on her right hind paw that caused the pad of her paw to fall off. The dog is currently being treated for her condition in the care of her owner.

A 29-year-old male and 35-year-old female, both from Ottawa, have been charged under the Ontario SPCA Act with permitting distress, failing to provide medical care and failing to provide the care necessary for general welfare.

The accused are due to appear on May 11, 2017 in a Provincial Offenses Court in Ottawa.

“Acts of animal cruelty are taken very seriously by the Ontario SPCA,” says Jennifer Bluhm, Deputy Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you witness suspected animal abuse, please call 310-SPCA immediately to report your concern. Our call centre is staffed 24 hours a day.”



Melissa Kosowan       

Ontario SPCA



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