Kingston, ON (November 25, 2015) – On October 19, 2015, Sean Mills, of Kingston Ontario, pled guilty to permitting an animal to be in distress under the Ontario SPCA Act.

On July 4, 2015, the Ontario SPCA 310-SPCA call centre received a complaint concerning a dog located at a residence in Kingston, Ontario. The complaint said there was a dog at the residence losing large patches of fur with scabbing on its legs and face.

An Ontario SPCA Agent attended the residence and found a black lab/chow cross-type dog to be living in an unsanitary situation. The Agent observed the dog was losing large quantities of fur on its body, had an ear and eye infection and was in need of veterinary attention.

The dog was subsequently removed from the residence and taken to the Kingston Humane Society where he has received ongoing care and treatment.
The owner Sean Mills was charged under the Ontario SPCA Act for permitting an animal to be in distress.

“There is no excuse to let an animal go without proper care,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you are having difficulty providing appropriate care, contact your Ontario SPCA Community Society to discuss what options are available.”

Sean Mills pled guilty and received a 10 year prohibition of owning, having custody, care, or control of any animal. He was also ordered to pay $1108.46 in restitution; he received 12 months probation and a $200.00 fine.

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