BRACEBRIDGE, ON (November 25, 2013) – On November 3, 2013, on Bethune Drive in the town of Gravenhurst, in the District of Muskoka , a bear was struck by a vehicle. It was reported that the accused was seen exiting his vehicle and proceeded to beat the bear with a rock repeatedly.


A forty-one year-old Bracebridge man has been charged under the Ontario SPCA Act.


The charges included:

• Causing an animal to be in distress;

• Failing to comply with Ontario Regulation 60/09 – Standards of Care for animals: section 2(8) - failure to kill an animal by a method that is humane and minimizes the pain and distress to the animal.


The first court appearance for this case is scheduled for January 28, 2014, in Bracebridge, Ontario.


 “Any time large wildlife are struck by a motor vehicle on the road, the driver should contact local police as soon as possible. If the animal needs to be humanely euthanized, police services are trained to respond to the needs of the situation,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector.


To report animal 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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