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Welland Guilty Plea

November 27, 2015

WELLAND, ON - In July of 2015, a member of the public reported to the Welland & District SPCA that they had observed a man repeatedly kick a small dog and drag it back into a home. An investigation conducted by the Welland & District SPCA determined these allegations to be knowingly false.

As a result, a 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged under the Ontario SPCA Act with knowingly making a false report of an animal in distress to the Society. The youth pled guilty in an Ontario Court of Justice and was sentenced to a $1,130 fine.

“False complaints are taken very seriously,” says Inspector John Greer, executive director, Welland & District Humane Society, “Not only does it waste the limited resources of the Welland & District SPCA, but it also diverts needed attention away from legitimate cases of animal cruelty where animals could be suffering from serious harm or neglect.”

MEDIA CONTACT

John Greer
Executive Director
Welland & District SPCA
johng@wellandspca.com

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