Markstay man pleads guilty after horse found to be in a state of distress. Man convicted under Ontario SPCA Act


Markstay ON, (April 18, 2012) – On March 30, 2012 a Markstay man was sentence for one charge under the Ontario SPCA Act.

“This is an unfortunate situation that was preventable if Mr. Bursey took advantage of the options open to everyone,” says Agent Lapping. “If he had called his Veterinarian or the Ontario SPCA, options would have been presented to Mr. Bursey.”

The Ontario SPCA Agent was called out on July 16, 2011 after receiving a call from the Ontario Provincial Police for the concern of a horse that needed immediate medical attention. Sadly the horse had to be humanly euthanized due to its poor condition.

Dwayne Bursey was charged and plead guilty, of failing to provide care, necessary for its general welfare.

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


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