FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Renfrew County, ON (August 31, 2018) – A Madawaska Valley man has been found guilty of seven counts of animal cruelty under provincial animal welfare legislation following an investigation into the neglect of animals in his care. 

On August 27, 2018, Frank Froner, 70, was found guilty in a Pembroke Provincial Offences Court to the following charges:

  • Three counts of permitting distress
  • Failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention
  • Failing to provide sanitary conditions
  • Failing to provide care necessary for general welfare
  • Failing to comply with an Ontario SPCA Order

The Justice of the Peace sentenced Froner to a lifetime prohibition on owning animals, with the exception of a dog, three chickens and three rabbits currently in his care. He was also fined $700. The Ontario SPCA was granted inspection rights to ensure compliance of the prohibition and to ensure the continued welfare of the animals in his care. Froner is also required to work with local rescue groups to manage the feral cat population on his property.

An Ontario SPCA officer attended Froner’s Madawaska Valley property on October 20, 2016 after receiving a concern regarding the welfare of a large number of animals on the property. As the officer approached the home, they noted a strong odour of ammonia coming from within the dwelling. Inside they discovered a large number of cats with upper respiratory infections and two dogs requiring immediate medical care.

A total of 30 cats, eight fowl (chickens and ducks) and three dogs were removed from the property when Froner failed to comply with Ontario SPCA orders to address unsanitary conditions and seek veterinary attention for the animals in his care.

“If you find yourself in a position where you are unable to look after the animals in your care, reach out to the Ontario SPCA or your local humane society to discuss your options,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “Failing to provide them with the necessary care is never an option.”

To report animal welfare concerns, contact the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722).



Melissa Kosowan       
Ontario SPCA


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