North Bay man found guilty of four counts of animal cruelty sentenced to 10-year prohibition from owning animals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - North Bay, ON (September 26, 2016) – On September 23, 2016, Wayne Farrow of North Bay, ON was found guilty of four counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act:

  • Permitting an animal to be in distress
  • Failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention
  • Failing to provide care necessary for general welfare
  • Failing to comply with an Ontario SPCA Order

On March 15, 2016, the North Bay & District Humane Society received a report regarding a dog with a thin body condition at a residence in North Bay. An Ontario SPCA agent attended the property and found the dog to be emaciated, with ribs, spine and hip bones easily felt and visible. Farrow, who owned the dog, told the agent the dog had ingested a stone approximately six weeks prior and had been vomiting and losing weight since. An Ontario SPCA Order was issued for the owner to provide veterinary care to the dog.

A search warrant was executed on April 1, 2016, at a secondary location, and the dog was removed due to its medical distress and Farrow’s failure to comply with an Ontario SPCA Order. The dog was immediately brought to a veterinarian who found a stone, approximately three centimeters by three centimeters, blocking his digestive tract. The stone was removed and the dog was placed on a strict feeding regimen and medication over the course of the next three weeks. “Floyd” made a full recovery and was put up for adoption after ownership was given to the Society. Floyd has since been adopted into a loving forever home.

Farrow was sentenced to a 10-year prohibition from having custody or control of any animal, a $200 fine, a one-year probation and he is required to pay restitution in the amount of $1666.33.

“Allowing your animal to suffer when there are numerous resources available is inexcusable,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “We are pleased to see the judicial system take animal welfare so seriously in this sentencing.”


Media Contact
Daryl Vaillancourt
General Manager
North Bay & District Humane Society
(705) 474-1251 

The North Bay and District Humane Society: Since 1954, the North Bay and District Humane Society has been a key service provider within the North Bay community. The North Bay and District Humane Society is an affiliate of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The Society has Ontario SPCA Officers that enforce Provincial and Federal Animal Welfare legislation.