Peterborough woman convicted of six counts of animal cruelty Ontariospca

Peterborough woman convicted of six counts of animal cruelty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Peterborough, ON (December 2, 2015) - On November 19, 2015 Lisa Lewis of Peterborough, ON pled guilty and was convicted of six counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.

• One count of permitting distress to an animal
• Five counts of failing to comply with prescribed standards of care


On October 17, 2013, Ontario SPCA Officers executed a warrant to enter and inspect a kennel in the County of Haliburton, ON. They found 17 dogs inside housed in unsanitary conditions with high ammonia levels, and in need of proper food, water, and medical care.


Upon removal of the dogs, common conditions noted were advanced dental disease, eye irritation, secondary to poor environmental conditions, and inadequate grooming.

The dogs were treated for their medical concerns and have since been put up for adoption.


“There is no excuse to let an animal go without proper care,” says Alison Green, Regional Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “When choosing to breed an animal all the standards of care must be met, this includes providing proper food, water, shelter and any necessary medical care.”


On November 19, 2015, Lisa Lewis was sentenced with:

• Life prohibition from owning animals (excluding the 3 dogs and 1 cat that currently reside in her home ).
• Two years probation with terms to pay restitution no less than $50/month.
• Total restitution ordered $6,200 payable within 5 years.
• Required to notify the Ontario SPCA and Ontario Court of change of address.
• Allowing Ontario SPCA Agents/Inspectors access to enter and inspect property (excluding dwelling), unannounced.


To report cruelty, please call 310-SPCA or email your concern to



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Figure 1 Dog found living in poor living conditions


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Figure 2 untreated medical issues found in dog's ear



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