Mississauga Woman Pleads Guilty to One Count of Animal Cruelty



Mississauga, ON (September 26, 2012) – On August 31, 2012, Rosalina Cabarteja pled guilty to one count of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.


The Ontario SPCA received a report from a Veterinarian of a suspected case of animal cruelty. Under the Ontario SPCA Act, Veterinarian's are required to report concerns of animal cruelty. The dog appeared to have underwent an at home neuter procedure and as a result required immediate medical care and corrective surgery.


Mrs. Cabarteja was charged with one count under the Ontario SPCA Act and pled guilty to, “Causing an Animal to be in Distress”.  She was fined $2500.00, will be required to serve community service hours and was given a two year prohibition from possessing, owning or caring for any dog.
The dog received the necessary surgery and has since made a full recovery. He is now living happily in a new home. 


“The Ontario SPCA continues to encourage everyone to be responsible animal owners,” says Senior Inspector Steve Toy. “Anyone that has a challenge caring for an animal is encouraged to contact their local Ontario SPCA, Humane Society or veterinarian for advice and options that are available to ensure the animal gets the care it requires.”


To report animal cruelty please call the Ontario SPCA 1-888-668-7722, email your concern to, or contact your local police.




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

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Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.
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