Hamilton Man Convicted of Animal Cruelty after 13 dogs Found Living in Deplorable Conditions


Hamilton, ON – (March 27, 2014) – On 12 March, 2014, Donald Dillon, of Hamilton, Ontario, was found guilty to seven counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act. The charges included:


  •  Cause distress to an animal.
  •  Permit distress to an animal.
  •  Failing to provide care necessary for general welfare.
  •  Failing to provide adequate and appropriate sanitary conditions.
  •  Failing to provide adequate and appropriate resting and sleeping area.
  •  Failing to provide adequate and appropriate space.
  •  Failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention.


On June 8, 2011, Hamilton/Burlington SPCA (HBSPCA) Officers were contacted out of concern for a number of dogs living in deplorable conditions at a residence in Hamilton. With assistance from Hamilton Police and City of Hamilton Animal Services, several Rottie/Boxer type dogs ranging from day old pups to senior dogs were discovered at the residence.

Thirteen (13) dogs were found to be living in a dark house with no air flow and amongst debris, feces and urine, and with food located next to the feces. The dogs were removed by HBSPCA Officers and taken to a local veterinarian for examination. Several of the dogs were found to be of good body weight but infested with fleas, and covered in urine and feces. The dogs were in the care of the HBSPCA for 20 days prior to being available for adoption. Mr. Dillon did appear for sentencing on March 12, 2014, and received a guilty conviction. Mr. Dillon received a 140 day jail sentence and is prohibited from owning, possessing, harboring, having custody or care of, or living with any dog, cat, or any animal that is air breathing for a period of 25 years.


“We remind citizens that if they see an animal in distress, please call the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA at 905-574-7722 ext 401. We are here to help.” says Vivian Laflamme, Manager/Inspector of Animal Protection. “We depend on citizens to speak for animals who can’t speak for themselves”.


The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA ( is a private non-profit animal welfare charity. We protect animals from people, teach responsible pet ownership, and care for animals in our companion animal hospital, shelter and foster homes. About 2,000 animals find their forever homes every year.

MEDIA CONTACT: Vivian Laflamme. Program Manager Animal Protection and Advocacy. 905-516-8704