Aylmer man found guilty on four charges under the Criminal Code of Canada
IMMEDIATE RELEASE - AYLMER, ON (March 4, 2013) – On January 29, 2013, Abraham Loewen, 43, of Aylmer, Ontario, was found guilty on four counts of animal cruelty and breach of probation under the Criminal Code of Canada.
In April 2009, Mr. Loewen pled guilty to four counts of animal neglect under the Criminal Code of Canada after an investigation of three of his farm properties was conducted regarding lack of care for four Quarter Horses. One of the horses succumbed to illness at the onset of the investigation, two were later euthanized due to pain and infection and one recovered from lack of proper nutrition. Mr. Loewen received a three-year probation period during which Ontario SPCA investigators were allowed unannounced inspections of the multi-farm property.
Mr. Loewen was allowed to continue to own horses, but was prohibited from having custody or control of horses for two years during which time the hands-on care of the horses was required to be provided by other individuals.
In March and April 2011, an Ontario SPCA Inspector discovered two emaciated horses and one dead horse on a property owned by Mr. Loewen. He faced further charges under the Criminal Code of Canada including one count of breach of probation, two counts of breach of prohibition and three counts of failing to provide suitable and adequate care.
On February 26, 2013, Mr. Loewen was sentenced to 90 days in jail, five years prohibition from owning or having custody or care of any farm animal and a $2,000.00 fine.
“If providing for an animal in your care becomes difficult, it’s important to take the appropriate steps to ensure that the animal’s health isn’t compromised,” said Senior Inspector Darren Grandel. “Contact your local Ontario SPCA or Veterinarian to see what options are available.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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