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Pembroke man who taped dog’s mouth shut convicted of animal cruelty

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Pembroke, ON (May 11, 2017) – A 38-year-old Pembroke man has been found guilty of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act as a result of an investigation that revealed he taped his dog’s mouth closed.

On February 28, 2017 the Ontario SPCA responded to a report about a Shepherd-type cross with electrical tape wound around its muzzle. An investigation revealed the dog’s owner had wrapped tape around the dog’s mouth approximately 12 times to prevent it from barking.

The dog was subsequently surrendered to the care of the Ontario SPCA and has since been rehomed.

Seth Moxton, 38, of Pembroke was found guilty on May 8, 2017 in a Provincial Offences Court in Pembroke of one count of causing distress to an animal. Moxton was sentenced to a 15-year prohibition on owning, caring for, or living with animals and must submit to unannounced inspections at his home by the Ontario SPCA to verify compliance with the court order. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine.

“The inhumane and inappropriate treatment of an animal will not be tolerated. If someone is encountering challenges in the care of their pet, they need to seek help via their local humane society or SPCA for guidance,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “Everyone is subject to the laws that govern humane and responsible care of animals."

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