Brant County man charged under Ontario SPCA Act after failing to comply with standards of care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - BRANT COUNTY, ON (May 28, 2013) – Mark Hewitt of Brant County pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to comply with the standards of care following a complaint of poor living conditions; lack of food, water, and shelter; and failure to care for the remains of multiple deceased, decaying animals.


The charges included:
• Failing to provide water, food and sanitary conditions
• Failing to care for goats’ hooves, barn conditions


On May 29, 2012, the Brant County SPCA obtained a search warrant to enter and inspect Mr. Hewitt’s residence after a video recording of the property was submitted by an individual who intended to purchase a puppy from Mr. Hewitt’s online advertisement.


Using the video, an Ontario SPCA Brant County Branch Inspector obtained a warrant.

Accompanied by the Brant County Ontario Provincial Police, Ontario SPCA Inspectors did a thorough inspection of the property and found rabbits, goats, chickens, ducks, kittens, puppies, small pets, exotic reptiles and many deceased animals.


Following the inspection, seven Ontario SPCA Act Orders were given to Mr. Hewitt, who then complied with the Orders without incident.

In addition to paying a total of $7,510 in fines, the Ontario SPCA has been given inspection rights to the property and Mr. Hewitt must notify the Ontario SPCA to a change of address seven days prior.

“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, 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 than allowing an animal to go without adequate care. Contact your local Ontario SPCA to discuss our available services. To report cruelty please call 1-888-668-7722 or email your concern to


Media Contact:
Brandon James- Inspector
Brant County SPCA
539 Mohawk Street


Humane Society:
The Brant County SPCA is affiliated with The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA): Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is a registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities relying primarily on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; advocacy; and humane education. The Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society investigators with police powers to do so – making the Ontario SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province.


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