Soo Today

September 11, 2015

Dear Editor,

An article in the Soo Today, dated September 11, 2015, entitled "Northern couple told to pay $104,000 to get dogs back" inaccurately describes the state of affairs related to an appeal undertaken by the Ashworth’s before the Animal Care Review Board.


The Ashworth’s are aware that the Animal Care Review Board (ACRB) requested that the Ontario SPCA provide an up to date account related to the extensive medical needs and boarding costs of 71 dogs removed from their house. These needs are currently being paid for by the Society. The information provided at the request of the ACRB regarding costs of care, was not to be interpreted as a 'statement of account' for the Ashworth's. The Ashworth’s are also aware that each and every dog remains in the care of the North Bay Humane Society and the Ontario SPCA and that they are receiving excellent care and attention, as required under the Standards of Care of the Ontario SPCA Act. Once the Ashworth’s appealed the Removal Order, the Ontario SPCA could not, and did not seek to, transfer ownership of any of the dogs. The registered letter sent to the Ashworth’s contains standard form wording related to the rights and obligations of an animal owner.


The lawyer for the Ontario SPCA advised the Ashworth’s lawyer that the registered letter was going to be sent and as recently as yesterday, has been in communication with their lawyer concerning issues related to the health and welfare of the dogs.

Should you have any questions regarding the investigation process, or how the legislation is written, please feel free to contact us directly.

Thank you,

Connie Mallory
Chief Inspector
Ontario SPCA