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CONVICTION FOR MAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF SMALL DOG

FROM/DE:  Orillia OPP Detachment

DATE: February 20, 2013

 

 

CONVICTION FOR MAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF SMALL DOG

 

(ORILLIA, ON) – On Sunday December 23, 2012, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Orillia Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was notified that a small dog was found wrapped in a bloody blanket and it appeared the dog was not breathing. The location was a parking lot in the area of Coldwater Road and Albert Street North in the City of Orillia.

 

Officers responded to the scene and determined the dog was dead and appeared to have puncture wounds on its body. Police began their investigation by following footprints which led to an apartment building on Albert Street.

 

The owners of the little dog were located and very upset by the news of their pet – Duke, a male Pug/Shih Tzu cross.

The couple were out of town on the night of the incident and left their two dogs in the care of a family member. The other dog was not harmed.

 

The Orillia OPP Crime Unit took control of the investigation into the death of Duke. Many hours were spent interviewing witnesses and everyone involved.

 

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) provided assistance with the investigation and arranged for a necropsy on the deceased dog. The necropsy was conducted at the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph.

 

Approximately 11 days after the initial report was received, the investigation was complete and charges were laid.

 

The accused in this incident had entered the residence without consent.

 

Orillia resident, Steven MCGINN, 21 years of age was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering and Killing an Animal. At a court appearance on February 5, 2013, he entered a guilty plea and was convicted.  A sentence of 14 months in custody, 2 months in relation to the Break and Enter and 12 months in relation to the animal offence. He also received probation for 2 years and he is prohibited from owning an animal for 5 years.

 

 

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Contact: Constable Shannon Petryshyn

Phone: 705-326-3536 

 

www.opp.ca

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