Killarney man sentenced after causing distress and failing to provide the necessary care for 65 Weimaranars
KILLARNEY, ON (May 1, 2014) – On April 17, 2014, Brian East, of Killarney, Ontario, was sentenced under the Ontario SPCA act after 65 Weimaranar-type dogs were removed from his property.
The charges included:
• Causing distress to an animal
• Failing to provide for the general welfare of an animal
A concerned Animal Control employee reported that Mr. East had multiple dogs in kennels living in unsanitary conditions. Ontario SPCA Officers attended Mr. East’s property and issued a number of Ontario SPCA Orders.
On December 7, 2013, Ontario SPCA Officers returned to Mr. East’s property with a veterinarian. Serious medical concerns and concerns for the dog’s overall health were identified.
On December 17, 2013, Ontario SPCA Officers attended Mr. East’s property with a search warrant. The veterinarian that accompanied the Society recommended the immediate removal of all dogs. Under the Ontario SPCA Act, the dogs were removed due to their ongoing distress, except for one dog in Mr. East’s care.
Mr. East subsequently surrendered all of the dogs and puppies to the Ontario SPCA, a short time after the removal of the dogs from his care.
After receiving necessary medical attention and care from various Ontario SPCA shelters and a few select rescue groups across the province, all the dogs were adopted into new loving families.
Mr. East received a 10 year prohibition from owning, having custody or care of, or living with any dog except one dog at any time. He was also ordered to pay $6,248.04 in restitution to the Ontario SPCA. The Ontario SPCA was also granted inspection rights of Mr. East’s property and dwelling. He is also required to bring his dog to a veterinarian for yearly check-ups and related veterinary reports must be provided to the Ontario SPCA to ensure compliance.
“When choosing to take on the care of an animal, one must understand all of the responsibilities associated with an animal’s overall needs,” said Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector. “If such care becomes challenging please contact your local Ontario SPCA, humane society or veterinarian to see what options are available to ensure the animal’s welfare.”
To report animal cruelty in the province of Ontario, call the new Ontario SPCA Centralized Dispatch 310-SPCA (310-7722).
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