Woman pleads guilty under the Ontario SPCA Act to failing to provide the necessary care for two ponies




LONG SAULT, ON (February 12, 2014) – On January 15, 2014, Allison St. Thomas, of Long Sault, Ontario, pled guilty to failing to provide the necessary care for two ponies that were under her care.


On September 3, 2011, Ms. St. Thomas entered into a lease agreement with an owner of a mare named Sandals and a mare named Jasmine, for exclusive use of the ponies.


In March of 2012, Ms. St. Thomas removed horse blankets from the ponies and discovered they had lost a large amount of weight.


In April of 2012, the owner visited the property and found her animals extremely underweight. The ponies were promptly removed and transported to the owner’s property.


On April 9, 2012, the ponies were examined by a veterinarian. Both ponies were found to be malnourished.


Ms. St. Thomas was sentenced to 12 months probation during which time she must take an equine course. She was fined $1,130.


“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,” said Larry Wilkinson, Senior Inspector. “Contact your local Ontario SPCA, humane society or veterinarian to see what options are available.”


To report cruelty please call the Ontario SPCA 1-888-668-7722 or email your concern to or your local Ontario SPCA Community, or the local police.




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


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