The Ontario SPCA is honoured to have received a very prestigious award from the Chatham-Kent Police. Chief Gary Conn of the Chatham-Kent Police recognized the Ontario SPCA’s Major Case Management Team with a Chief’s Commendation Award for their assistance breaking a major dog fighting operation in Tilbury, Ont.
As part of a Joint Forces Operation in October 2015, members of the Ontario SPCA Major Case Management Team and the Chatham-Kent Police Service Intelligence Unit, Critical Incident Response Team, Forensic Identification Unit, Major Crime Section and Community Patrol Branch, executed multiple warrants at a residence in Tilbury East Township.
Seized were 31 “pit bull type” dogs and a large quantity of evidence consistent with the training of dogs for fighting. Fifteen shotguns and rifles, along with a significant amount of marijuana, was also found and seized.
As a result of this ongoing investigation, five people were charged by the Chatham-Kent Police Service for animal cruelty and firearm related offences under the Criminal Code of Canada.
The dogs have been placed in the care of the Ontario SPCA where they are continuing to be individually assessed and treated.
To commend the Ontario SPCA’s Major Case Management Team for the actions, tenacity and dedicated teamwork its members exhibited throughout the investigation, the Chatham-Kent Police presented these highly trained officers with a Chief’s Commendation during a ceremony on Nov. 15, 2016.
“The Ontario SPCA is honoured to be recognized with the prestigious Chief’s Commendation Award,” says Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “We are very proud of the professionalism, dedication and team work our Major Case Management Team demonstrated as they worked alongside the Chatham-Kent Police Service Intelligence Unit to break the biggest dog fighting operation in the history of the Ontario SPCA.”