Pembroke man convicted of animal cruelty after striking cow with ice chopper

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Pembroke, ON (July 31, 2017) – A 35-year-old Pembroke man has been convicted of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act, as a result of an investigation into his cruel treatment of a dairy cow.

Curtis Smith pled guilty on July 18, 2017 to the offence of causing distress to an animal. He received a prohibition preventing him from owning or having custody of an animal for 10 years, and was sentenced to a one-year probation, including attending for assessment, treatment or counselling, as recommended by his probation officer. He was also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and must make a $1,000 donation to the Ontario SPCA or the Farley Foundation.

On February 7, 2017, Ontario SPCA officers attended a farm in Pembroke after receiving a concern about an injured Holstein-type dairy cow. They identified the cow suffering from an injury to its hind leg caused by multiple blows with an ice chopper.

The mistreatment of the cow stemmed from Smith kicking the cow multiple times in the stomach when it attempted to kick him while being milked. He then struck the cow in the leg multiple times with a large, iron ice chopper, causing visible injuries. When the cow kicked out again, he struck the cow in the same place on the leg again, causing further injury.

The cow was examined by a veterinarian and treated for its injuries.

“Acts of animal cruelty are unacceptable and those engaging in such inhumane behavior will be brought before the courts,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “There is no excuse for harming an animal and you will be held accountable for your actions.”

To report animal cruelty or neglect, call 310-SPCA (7722) immediately.



Melissa Kosowan       
Ontario SPCA


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