Kingston man pleads guilty to permitting distress to his horse under Ontario SPCA Act Ontariospca

Kingston man pleads guilty to permitting distress to his horse under Ontario SPCA Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - KINGSTON, ON (June 27, 2013) – On May 27, 2013, Rennie Green, of Kingston, Ontario, pleaded guilty to one count of permitting distress to an animal.


On August 2, 2012, after having been called to Green’s property for a concern for the welfare of an animal, an Ontario SPCA Officer removed an emaciated horse, by veterinarian recommendations (Certificate of a Veterinarian).


The horse was taken to a foster farm where she received around the clock care and daily veterinarian assistance. Sadly, the horse was humane euthanized due to the condition she was found in.

Green pleaded guilty to one count of permitting an animal to be in distress.


Green was sentenced to one year probation. He may not commit the same offence and must notify the Ontario SPCA of any change of address. Green also received one year prohibition from owning and possessing horses. He was ordered to clean up the area on his property that housed the horses. The Ontario SPCA has been given permission to inspect the property without notice to ensure Rennie Green is complying with orders.


Green must pay a total restitution of $2,597.58.


“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.”


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




Provincial Media Contact
Brad Dewar
Investigation & Communications Officer
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office


Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:

Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.


Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to enforce animal welfare legislation and the Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.


Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.
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