FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Petawawa, ON (Jan. 21, 2019) – A 39-year-old woman from Petawawa has been convicted of animal cruelty and sentenced to a lifetime prohibition on owning animals following an investigation relating to a dog in her care that was discovered locked in a trash bin.
On July 18, 2018 members of the 2 Military Police Regiment Petawawa Detachment (Ontario) investigated a report of a dog found inside a residential housing unit waste bin that was put out for roadside pickup. The lid of the bin had been tied shut using two bungee cords. An approximately one-year-old Labrador-Shepherd type dog was discovered alive inside the bin.
The Ontario SPCA was called to assist in the investigation, which led to charges against Pamela Oderkirk. She pled guilty on January 9, 2019 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke to one count of cruelty to animals under the Criminal Code of Canada. The Judge sentenced Oderkirk to 30 days imprisonment to be served in the community, with the first 20 days under house arrest. She was also sentenced to a lifetime prohibition on owning animals and was ordered to pay $500 to the Ontario SPCA.
The dog, which is estimated to have been in the trash bin for several hours, was examined by a veterinarian and did not require any medical attention. The dog was voluntarily surrendered into the care of the Ontario SPCA and was re-homed.
“This individual demonstrated a blatant disregard for the well-being of her dog and was sentenced accordingly,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “Contact the Ontario SPCA or your local humane society if you can no longer care for, or no longer wish to care for your animal.”
To report animal cruelty, contact the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722).
The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its network of animal welfare communities facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being. Offering a variety of mission-based programs including community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, shelter health & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs and humane education, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal welfare charity.