Welland woman convicted of permitting distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - WELLAND, ON (December 16, 2015) – On December 10, 2015, a Welland woman was convicted of permitting distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act.
In November 2013, Welland SPCA Agents executed a search warrant on a residence in Welland and removed three animals determined to be in distress. All animals were immediately examined by a veterinarian.
A cat was found to be suffering from respiratory difficulty, lethargy, and general muscular atrophy. A small dog was found with severe dermatitis to 75 per cent of his skin, flea infestation, poor body weight, matted fur, fecal impaction, and overgrown nails. These two animals were euthanized at the direction of the veterinarian. The third animal was treated for a flea infestation and mild dermatitis and has since been adopted.
“There is no excuse to let an animal go without proper veterinary medical attention,” says Inspector John Greer, Executive Director, Welland & District Humane Society. “If you are unable to care for your animal, contact your Ontario SPCA Community Society to discuss what options are available.”
The owner was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
Welland & District SPCA