Toronto man pleads guilty to two charges under the Ontario SPCA Act, after dog is found at deaths door.


Toronto ON, (Mar 14, 2012) – On February 24,2012 a Toronto man was sentence for failing to provide medical care and permitting distress on his dog.

“This is an unfortunate situation that was preventable if Mr. Nash took advantage of the options open to everyone,” says Agent Smith. “If he had called his Veterinarian, the Ontario SPCA or local shelter, options would have been presented to Mr. Nash before his dog became as sick as he did.”

The dog, now named Bender, was found lying down in the living room, he had trouble lifting himself up, was struggling to walk and appeared very lethargic. He was very emaciated with no muscle tone or palpable fat.

Ryan Nash was charged with failure to provide medical attention and permitting distress to an animal. He was sentenced with ten years prohibition from owning, caring for or living with animals and two years probation.


Bender Before


Toronto Police Officer with Bender


Agent Smith of the Ontario SPCA with Bender


A special thanks to the Toronto Police Services and Birchmount Veterinary Clinic for their assistance.

The Ontario SPCA reminds pet owners that if you have concerns for the welfare of your animal there are other alternatives then allowing an animal to go without. Contact your local Ontario SPCA and we can discuss what services are available. To report cruelty please call 1-888-668-7722 or email your concern to

Provincial Media Contact
Brad Dewar
Investigation & Communications Officer
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office

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