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Huntsville kennel owner charged with animal cruelty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Huntsville, ON. (July 18, 2016) – A kennel owner from Huntsville, ON has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.

The 47-year-old Huntsville resident has been charged with the following offences:

• Permitting an animal to be in distress
• Failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention
• Failing to provide the care necessary for an animal’s general welfare
• Failing to confine an animal to a pen or other enclosed structure or area that must not contain one or more other animals that may pose a danger to the animal

On June 8, 2016, the Ontario SPCA received calls concerning care of animals in a kennel. Ontario SPCA officers attended and found 42 Alaskan Husky and Malamute-type sled dogs at the location. A veterinarian examination revealed large, open wounds that had been left untreated for days; numerous older, healed, partially healed and infected wounds; limping with an obviously swollen, painful leg; fever; and broken, infected teeth.

Orders were served to the owner to repair pens, provide shade and a clean, dry environment, have four dogs examined by a veterinarian and follow the veterinarian’s treatment recommendations. Three of the dogs that were the subjects of the Orders were subsequently surrendered by the owner to the Ontario SPCA.

“There is no excuse to let an animal go without proper care or veterinary medical attention,” says Alison Green, Ontario SPCA Senior Inspector. “If you see an animal in distress, please contact 310-SPCA.”

The accused’s first appearance is scheduled for Aug. 23, 2016 at the Bracebridge Provincial Offences Court.

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