Mattawa woman found guilty of animal cruelty sentenced to 10-year ban on owning animals
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - North Bay, ON (March 14, 2018) – A 44-year-old Mattawa woman has been found guilty of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation relating to the neglect of a dog in her care.
Nicole Valois of Mattawa, Ontario was found guilty on March 2, 2018 in a North Bay Provincial Offences Court of permitting an animal to be in distress, failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention, failing to provide care necessary for general welfare and failing to comply with an Order. She was sentenced to a 10-year prohibition on owning animals and is subject to unannounced inspections by the Ontario SPCA.
On August 30, 2017, an Ontario SPCA officer with the North Bay and District Humane Society attended a residence in Mattawa after receiving a concern about the welfare of a dog. The officer located an approximately six-year-old male German Shepherd mix and observed the dog to have discharge from both of his eyes and ears, the skin around his eyes was red and irritated, and his nails were overgrown. An Ontario SPCA Order was issued to the owner to provide veterinary care to the dog.
A search warrant was executed on September 8, 2017, and the dog was removed due to its ongoing medical distress and the owner’s failure to comply with the Ontario SPCA Order. The dog received immediate veterinary care and was found to have chronic ear infections, chronic eye infections and overgrown nails. The dog made a full recovery while in the care of the North Bay and District Humane Society, and has since been adopted into a loving home.
“We try to educate wherever possible. However, animal cruelty laws will be enforced to ensure accountability for those who fail to provide appropriate care of an animal,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you find yourself unable to provide proper care for your animals, contact your local humane society or animal centre to discuss resources and options.”
Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario's animal welfare organization. A registered charity, the Society is comprised of close to 50 Communities.
Since 1919, when Ontario's first animal welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce animal welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA agents and inspectors with police powers to do so.
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