FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Oshawa, ON (December 3, 2018) – A 23-year-old woman from Oshawa has been sentenced to a 10-year ban on owning or caring for animals after being convicted under provincial animal welfare legislation following an investigation relating to the treatment of a dog in her care.

Holly Wood pled guilty on November 26, 2018 in a Whitby Provincial Offences Court to failing to comply with prescribed standards of care. The Justice of the Peace sentenced Wood to a 10-year prohibition on owning or caring for any animals and ordered her to pay a fine of $500.

 An investigation was launched by the Ontario SPCA after a deceased dog was discovered on March 20, 2018 by a hiker in a conservation area in Oshawa. The body of the approximately two-year-old male Cane Corso-type dog had been wrapped in plastic, which was taped shut. The dog’s spine, hip bones and ribs were observed to be protruding, suggesting he had been severely malnourished when he died. The dog was also observed to have sores on his body and overgrown nails.

 A necropsy confirmed the dog was emaciated due to starvation and determined that he had died as a result of pneumonia. Evidence suggests the dog’s body was dumped around March 8, 2018.

 “The neglect and suffering this dog endured is inexcusable,” says Alison Green, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you are unable to care for your animals, contact the Ontario SPCA or your local humane society to discuss options available to ensure your pet gets the care it needs.”

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




Melissa Kosowan       
Ontario SPCA


The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its network of animal welfare communities facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being. Offering a variety of mission-based programs including community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, shelter health & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs and humane education, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal welfare charity.