FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Manitoulin Island, ON (October 16, 2015) – On October 1, 2015, David Pryor of the town of Gore Bay, was sentenced after being found guilty on four counts of animal cruelty according to the Ontario SPCA Act in June, 2015.


• One count of willfully causing animals to be in distress.
• One count of failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical care.
• One count of failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water.
• One count of failing to provide care necessary for their general welfare.


As a result of this finding of guilt, David Pryor was sentenced to the following:
• sentenced to 15 years prohibition of ownership of any livestock including horses;
• 30 days jail;
• 60 days to rehome the horses still in his ownership;
• and $2000.00 fine per each remaining count (3).


In February of 2013, the Ontario SPCA Sudbury and District Animal Centre received a report regarding concerns for 21 horses in the care of David Pryor. Pryor was previously convicted of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada. After investigating the concerns, the Society executed a search warrant on March 22, 2013. The officers who attended found a number of distress issues with the horses.

The stallions were in poor body condition, with one stallion being emaciated. Significant concerns of hoof care were identified, as all of the horses had overgrown hooves and others had grossly overgrown hooves, resulting in a concern for the horses’ overall well being. The Society issued Ontario S.P.C.A. Orders for Pryor to provide his horses with proper hoof care, veterinary care, food and water, as well as addressing identified environmental hazards.

A second search warrant was executed April 4, 2013 after ongoing involvement with Pryor. Due to Pryor’s non-compliance of the Orders issued to him, and the recommendation of the veterinarian who was on site for the warrant’s execution, three stallions and six mares were removed from Pryor’s care. The horses were admitted to the Society’s care where they subsequently received appropriate veterinary and hoof care, and the poor body condition of the stallions was attended to.

“There is no excuse to let an animal go without appropriate and necessary care. When a person chooses to take on the responsibility and care of an animal, they must ensure that they meet the standards of care as outlined in the Ontario S.P.C.A. Act ,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you are unable to care for your animal, contact your local Ontario SPCA to discuss what options are available.”

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