Peterborough man charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty under Ontario SPCA Act



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - PETERBOROUGH, ON (April 8, 2013) – On April 5, 2013, the Ontario SPCA charged a Peterborough resident with 11 counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.


The charges included:

 Four counts of permitting distress

 Five counts of failing to comply with prescribed standards of care

 Two counts of failing to comply with an order


7 horses were removed from the property on April 5, 2013. The horses are currently in the care of the Peterborough Humane Society.


The Ontario SPCA has been diligently working with an Owner to try to provide care for the horses on the property.


The Ontario SPCA’s first approach when investigating concerns for an animal’s welfare, is to lead with education when able. This process was practiced with the owner but unfortunately we must enforce the law, to ensure the horses get the care they immediately need.


“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” says Senior Inspector Larry Wilkinson. “Contact your local Ontario SPCA or Veterinarian to see what options are available.”


Horse Racing Industry

The Ontario SPCA has been working in conjunction with various community members and Animal Welfare organizations across Ontario, such as the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC), to develop protocols addressing the recent concerns for animal care in the horse racing industry.


“Although there are rising concerns for the welfare of the horses from the racing industry, there are also concerns for the lack of feed existing due to our recent summer,” says Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA.  “Together we are working to help ensure that all animals in Ontario receive the care they require and that no animal will be left to suffer.”


The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) acts in the public interest to govern, direct, control and regulate the horse racing industry in Ontario. The ORC has a long standing agreement with the Ontario SPCA to ensure that information related to the abuse of horses continues to be shared between our agencies. While its jurisdiction on matters concerning the horse ceases when it stops racing, the ORC believes that the welfare, safety and dignity of the horse should continue in retirement or end of life.


We want to remind animal owners that if you have concerns for the welfare of your animal there are alternatives other than allowing an animal to go without adequate care. Contact your local Ontario SPCA to 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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