FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Sudbury, ON (August 31, 2018) – The Ontario SPCA is seeking information from the public after four dead animals were found in an alleyway in downtown Sudbury.

On July 24, 2018, an individual cleaning up garbage in an alleyway behind several apartment buildings near Regent and Elm streets discovered the bodies of two rabbits and two cats. The rabbits were found in a cardboard box that had been placed in a black garbage bag. The cats were in separate beige-coloured plastic shopping bags.

The remains of the animals, which were in advanced stages of decomposition, were examined by a veterinarian who determined the rabbits were large in size and possibly white in colour. The cats were dark in colour, possibly black, and one of the cats was approximately six months of age or younger.

“If you witnessed anything unusual in that area leading up to the date when these animals were discovered, please report that information so that we can follow up accordingly,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “We are trying to determine who owned these animals and the circumstances surrounding their death.”

Anyone with information that could assist in this investigation is asked to call the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722), or email All calls are confidential.


Melissa Kosowan       
Ontario SPCA


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Since 1919, when Ontario's first animal welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce animal welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

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