FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Belleville, ON (July 14, 2016) – A Belleville woman was handed a suspended sentence on July 11, 2016, with a condition that the Ontario SPCA can perform random inspections of her property after she was found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.

The Ontario SPCA visited the property of Dorothy Bailey on January 14, 2016, after receiving a call about animals in distress. Bailey was ordered to have a rabbit, two dogs and a cat examined by a veterinarian and to clean and increase ventilation in the area where the animals were housed. The rabbit was removed four days later after Bailey failed to comply with the Ontario SPCA Order.

Bailey was charged with two counts under the Ontario SPCA Act; failure to provide medical attention and failing to provide the care necessary for general welfare. She was found guilty and, on July 11, 2016, received a suspended sentence with a condition to allow unannounced inspections by the Ontario SPCA for one year to examine animals within her residence to ensure they are receiving proper care.

“The welfare of animals is our top priority,” says Steve Toy, Ontario SPCA Senior Inspector. “We incorporate humane education to try to address situations like this wherever possible, but we do enforce the law when it’s necessary to ensure the well-being of animals.”


Brad Dewar
Ontario SPCA
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