Sudbury, ON (August 15, 2011) – The Ontario SPCA has charged Hendrick Reckman of Billings Township, with 26 counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act, after over 400 rabbits were found in his care.



The rabbits were removed from the Manitoulin Island area property in late May of this year. Many of the rabbits were found in poor body condition, lacking adequate basic care, living in poor sanitary conditions and requiring medical treatment. Each animal was examined by a Veterinarian and the over 200 surviving rabbits were later transferred to Ontario SPCA Communities or rabbit rescues across the province and placed up for adoption. Sadly over 200 rabbits were euthanized, by veterinarian recommendation, due to the condition they were found in.


"Animal hoarding is a serious issue and is not taken lightly," Says Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector Ontario SPCA. "Regardless of how many animals you own, it is your responsibility to provide the proper care for each and every animal. The Ontario SPCA is always available as a resource if you are concerned for caring for your pets."


Reckman will make his first court appearance on September 1st in the Gore Bay courthouse.


The following are the list of charges under the Ontario SPCA Act.


  • Five counts of Permitting animals to be in distress {11.2(1)}
  • Five counts of Failure to provide care necessary for general welfare {11.1(1) )/18.1(1)(b)}
  • Four counts of Failure to provide adequate and appropriate sanitary conditions {11.1(1)/18.1(1)(b)}
  • Four counts of Failure to provide adequate and appropriate ventilation {11.1(1)/18.1(1)(b)}
  • Four counts of Failure to provide adequate and appropriate pen or other enclosed structure or area, or any surfaces, structures and materials in a state of good repair {11.1(1)/18.1(1)(b)}
  • Three counts of Failure to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention {11.1(1)/18.1(1)(b)}
  • One count of Failure to comply that every animal that is to be killed must be killed by a method that is humane and minimized the pain and distress to the animals such that an animal's pain and distress are deemed to be minimized if it is killed by a method that produces rapid, irreversible unconsciousness and prompt subsequent death {11.1(1)/18.1(1)(b)}



Provincial Media Contact:
Alison Cross
Manager, Communications
905-853-2108 (mobile)


The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA): Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is a registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities relying primarily on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; advocacy; and humane education. The Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society investigators with police powers to do so – making the Ontario SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province. The Ontario SPCA is affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.