Huron County man pleads guilty to two charges after the removal of 126 dogs

HURON COUNTY, ON (August 8, 2012) – On July 30, 2012, Joe Albrecht of Huron County, pled guilty to two charges under the Ontario SPCA Act; one count for causing distress and one count for failing to provide adequate medical care.


An Ontario SPCA Inspector attended the location after receiving a call from a concerned person that animals were living in poor conditions. An Ontario SPCA warrant was executed with a veterinarian who signed a certificate of removal. 126 animals were removed from the Huron County property.


Mr. Albrecht was ordered to pay $5000.00 restitution, given one year probation and a 10 year prohibition from owing an animal.


“The Ontario SPCA continues to encourage everyone to be responsible animal owners and responsible breeders,” says Senior Inspector Darren Grandel, “anyone that has a challenge caring for a large number of animals is encouraged to contact their local Ontario SPCA, Humane Society or veterinarian for advice and options that are available.”


The animals were surrendered to the Ontario SPCA and have since been placed into new adoptive homes.
To report animal cruelty please call the Ontario SPCA 1-888-668-7722, email your concern to, or contact your local police.



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Brad Dewar
Investigation & Communications Officer
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office

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