Pet store owner charged with animal cruelty



IMMEDIATE RELEASE - VAUGHAN, ON (September 28, 2012) - On July 31, 2012, a pet store owner was charged with five counts under the Ontario SPCA Act.  On July 19, 2012 an Ontario SPCA warrant was executed after the Ontario SPCA received a complaint concerning the animals in the store.  210 animals were removed from the store and taken into the care of the Ontario SPCA after a veterinarian certificate of removal was signed.


The Ontario SPCA has the right of inspection to pet stores as is stated in the Ontario SPCA Act.  When a member of the public comes forward with a concern for the welfare of an animal, then the Ontario SPCA is mandated to look into the concern raised, in order to check into the validity of the concern.


" This is an unfortunate situation that could have been avoided. Attempts were made by the Ontario SPCA Officer to have the owner comply with the Ontario SPCA orders," says Senior Inspector Steve Toy, "However due to non-compliance of the orders and a veterinarians assessment, the animals had to be removed."


The 210 animals, consisting of multiple species including dogs, cats, birds, pocket pets and reptiles are all in the process of finding their new forever homes.


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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