Maxville resident pleads guilty to three counts of animal cruelty

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Maxville, ON (November 17, 2016) – Maxville, ON. resident Bernard Cyr, 51, has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act after he failed to seek veterinary care for his dog’s fractured leg.

On December 7, 2015 the Ontario SPCA received a call about a dog in distress at a residence in Maxville. The attending officer found a very thin female Shepherd-type dog that was not bearing weight on her hind leg, which appeared to be injured. Cyr told the officer the dog had been hurt when she was hit by a car a month earlier. The officer learned that the dog had not been treated by a veterinarian for her injury.

Cyr surrendered the dog to the Ontario SPCA and she was immediately brought to a veterinary clinic for care. An X-ray revealed the dog had a fractured left femur, which required surgery to repair. “Mia” was placed into foster care while she recovered and was later adopted into a loving forever home.  

Before Cyr’s trial was set to begin on November 14, 2016, he entered a guilty plea for failing to provide appropriate medical attention for his injured dog.

Cyr was sentenced to two years probation and is also prohibited from obtaining any new dogs for three years.

“Failing to care for your animals is not an option,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t provide them with the care they require under the law, contact your local Ontario SPCA animal centre to discuss your options.”

To report animal cruelty or neglect, call the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide dispatch centre at 310-SPCA.



Melissa Kosowan       

Ontario SPCA



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