HBSPCA lays multiple charges as a result of Waterford Animal Cruelty Case
For immediate release - April 12 10, 2013 – Hamilton, ON – The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA has laid charges against 3 individuals as a result of the HBSPCA’s rescue of 149 dogs from a cruelty situation in the town of Waterford in Norfolk County on October 12, 2012.
The three individuals were each charged with 5 counts under the Ontario SPCA Act, consisting of:
• 1 count: Causing an animal to be in distress
• 1 count: Permitting an animal to be in distress
• 1 count: Failure to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention
• 1 count: Failure to provide the care necessary for general welfare
• 1 count: Failure to provide adequate and appropriate sanitary conditions
The three individuals were each charged with 5 counts under the Criminal Code of Canada, consisting of:
• 1 count: Causing unnecessary pain or suffering
• 1 count: Fail to provide suitable and adequate food
• 1 count: Fail to provide suitable and adequate water
• 1 count: Fail to provide suitable and adequate medical attention
• 1 count: Fail to provide suitable and adequate care
On October 12, 2012, the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA received a complaint of a large number of dogs allegedly living in deplorable conditions. Officers of the HBSPCA attended the address with the support of the Ontario SPCA and several veterinarians. The animals were removed from the address and transported to a secure location.
“This is a very complex case involving a very large number of animals,” says Vivian LaFlamme, Inspector for the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA. “We want to thank the community for their patience and support as we investigate this case for the benefit of these animals.”
The dogs, predominately Italian Greyhounds, are currently in the care of the HBSPCA and the Ontario SPCA. Some of the dogs required emergency dental surgery and over the next several weeks, the remaining dogs will have their medical and dental issues addressed.
Their next court appearance for the accused is scheduled for May 13, 2013 in the Ontario Court of Justice at 50 Fredrick Hobson VC Drive, Simcoe, ON.
“Responsible pet ownership is everyone’s responsibility,” If you ever fear that you are unable to provide for your animals, we encourage you to reach out to the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA and we can discuss what options are available. We are here to help so that no animal is left to suffer.”
In order to protect the integrity of this case and our ongoing investigation, the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA has no further comment at this time.
Program Manager/Inspector of Animal Protection
W. 905-574-7722, ext. 401
ABOUT THE HAMILTON/BURLINGTON SPCA:
Founded in 1887, the HBSPCA speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves. In addition to finding forever homes for Hamilton and Burlington’s homeless animals, the HBSPCA provides many important services to the community such as our Community Assistance Spay/Neuter program and humane education programs for children and youth. For more information on the HBSPCA, please visit our website at www.hbspca.com.