North Bay man pleads guilty to animal cruelty after throwing kitten down stairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - North Bay, ON (November 8, 2016) – A North Bay man has been banned from owning animals for 10 years after pleading guilty to animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act for throwing a kitten down a flight of stairs.
On November 4, 2016, Adam Stachura pleaded guilty to causing distress to a four-month-old kitten in his care. He was charged by the North Bay and District Humane Society after they received a report from North Bay City Police on January 26, 2015 about a kitten in distress. Officers found the kitten hiding under a shelving unit at Stachura’s home, bleeding from its nose and mouth and having difficulty breathing.
The North Bay and District Humane Society had the kitten immediately by a veterinarian, which revealed the kitten had muffled heart sounds, raspy lung sounds and difficulty breathing. The kitten’s lungs and abdomen were X-rayed and showed severe bruising, inflammation and contusions, as well as a significant amount of air in its stomach. Three rib fractures consistent with trauma were later discovered by a veterinarian during a subsequent examination and X-ray.
Stachura admitted to throwing the kitten down a flight of stairs, then picking it up by the throat and throwing it to the ground. He pleaded guilty to one count of causing an animal to be in distress and was sentenced to a 10-year prohibition on owning animals and a $500 fine.
“Acts of animal cruelty are taken very seriously,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Executive Director, North Bay & District Humane Society. “We are pleased that justice has been served for this kitten.”
“Jax” has since made a full recovery and has been adopted into a loving home.
North Bay & District Humane Society