Abandoned cats result in animal cruelty charges against a Thunder Bay couple Ontariospca

Abandoned cats result in animal cruelty charges against a Thunder Bay couple

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thunder Bay, ON (October 6, 2016) – On June 15, 2016 local Animal Control services were called to Wilson Street Park in Thunder Bay where they found 23 cats and kittens abandoned in one dog crate. One kitten in the crate was found dead. The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society, an affiliate of the Ontario SPCA, was contacted and an investigation was commenced.   

The investigation resulted in witnesses coming forward, which lead to suspects being identified.

A male and female of Thunder Bay, ON have each been charged with four counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act. The charges are as follows:

  • One count for causing distress
  • One count for permitting an animal to be in distress
  • One count for failing to provide care for general welfare
  • One count for failing to provide medical attention

“If you are unable to continue providing care for your pet, contact your local SPCA or 310-SPCA (7722),” advises Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “Abandoning and subjecting them to unnecessary suffering and harm is not acceptable.”



Jeremy Gardiner
Ontario S.P.C.A Agent -Northern Region
807 475-8803 ext 204


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