FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Sault Ste. Marie (January 29, 2016) – On January 25, 2016 Matthew Sprague of Desbarats, ON, pled guilty to one count of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act of failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention to an animal.

On April 24th, 2015 an Ontario SPCA officer attended a rural property in Desbarats, ON, as a result of a report made regarding the lack of proper care for dogs at the identified address. Upon arrival the officer observed a yellow Labrador-type dog with a large, red globulous eye. After speaking with the owner, Sprague, it was determined that no medical care had been provided and that the dog had been left in that condition for approximately two weeks.

On that same day, the owner voluntarily surrendered the dog into the care of the Ontario SPCA, due to his inability to provide the required medical care for the animal. The dog was immediately taken to a veterinarian where it was recommended that the dog’s eye be removed in order to alleviate her pain and suffering.

The owner was charged with three counts under the Ontario SPCA Act, and pled guilty to one of the charges.
Matthew Sprague was fined $240.

“Allowing an animal you are responsible for to go without appropriate care and/or necessary medical attention is never acceptable, no matter what the circumstance may be,” says Senior Inspector Lynn Michaud, Ontario SPCA. “If one is faced with the inability to provide the necessary and lawful care of their animal, then please reach out to the Ontario SPCA or its network of Communities to learn what options are available for your animal.”



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Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

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