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North Bay pair pleads guilty to animal cruelty after dog’s shattered leg left untreated

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - North Bay, ON (July 11, 2017) – A 30-year-old man and 28-year-old woman from North Bay have been convicted of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation relating to an injured dog in their care.

On June 30, 2017, Blain Rea and Jessica Bourdon pled guilty in a North Bay Provincial Offences Court to permitting an animal to be in distress. They were sentenced to a two-year prohibition on owning animals, with the exception of a dog, cat and three rabbits that they currently own. Annual veterinary examinations are required for those animals. Rea and Bourdon were also ordered to pay $740 in restitution to the North Bay and District Humane Society.

On March 7, 2017 an Ontario SPCA officer with the North Bay and District Humane Society attended a residence in North Bay after receiving a concern about the welfare of a dog. The officer identified a black hound-type dog that was limping and not bearing weight on his left hind limb. The owners admitted the dog had been in this condition for approximately two weeks, despite recommendations from a veterinarian to take radiographs of the dog’s leg to assess its injury.

An Ontario SPCA Order was issued to the owners, requiring them to provide veterinary care to the dog and to follow the treatment recommendations of the veterinarian consulted. The owners opted to surrender the dog into the care of the North Bay and District Humane Society instead, where it immediately received veterinary care. Radiographs revealed that the femoral head in the dog’s leg was severely shattered. Unfortunately, due to the extent of the injury, the leg was amputated at the recommendation of the veterinarian.

The dog made a full recovery and has since been adopted into a loving home.

To report animal cruelty, call 310-SPCA (7722) to reach the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide cruelty hotline

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Daryl Vaillancourt

Executive Director – North Bay & District Humane

705-474-1251

www.northbayhumanesociety.ca