Two Orillia Men Pleaded Guilty Under the Ontario SPCA Act After a Puppy Was Found With a Broken Leg Ontariospca

Two Orillia Men Pleaded Guilty Under the Ontario SPCA Act After a Puppy Was Found With a Broken Leg


ORILLIA, ON (July 16, 2014) – On May 14, 2014, Darien Ross and Matthew Austin, of Orillia, Ontario, were sentenced under the Ontario SPCA Act after a puppy was found with a broken leg at their residence.


An Ontario SPCA Officer attended the residence after a complaint was received that a small, Labrador-type dog had a possible broken leg. The Officer determined that the puppy was in need of veterinary care.


The Officer issued an Order under the Ontario SPCA Act to have the puppy taken to a veterinarian for examination and appropriate care.


The Order was not complied with and false information was given to investigators. As a result, with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police, a search warrant was executed. The puppy was removed from the residence and it received immediate veterinary care.


Darien Ross, of Orillia, pleaded guilty to a charge of non-compliance of an Ontario SPCA Order and received a $250.00 fine.


Matthew Austin, of Warminster, pleaded guilty to permitting distress and failing to provide veterinarian care and received a 10 year prohibition from living with, caring for or owning an animal. He was also and ordered to pay $2,062.93 in restitution to the Ontario SPCA.


“It is important to understand all of the responsibilities that come with owning an animal,” said Regional Inspector Alison Green, Ontario SPCA. “If providing the care needed becomes challenging, please contact your local Ontario SPCA, Humane Society or veterinarian to see what options are available to ensure the animal’s welfare.”


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


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