St. Catharines (August 27, 2014) Randy Robert Godard, of St. Catharines was charged with 2 offences under the Ontario SPCA Act. In Provincial Offences Court, on August 19, 2014, Mr. Godard pleaded guilty to causing an animal to be in distress. He was convicted and sentenced to 3 years probation and received a 2 year prohibition from owning animals.
In October, 2013, the Lincoln County Humane Society was presented with a very emaciated dog, by its owner who was turning the dog over to be euthanized.
At the owner’s request the dog was euthanized. The dog was then transported to a local veterinarian for examination.
The examination and LCHS investigation revealed that the dog did not receive proper care and was in distress.
“We do not want to discourage people from bringing their animals to the shelter, but owners are accountable for the health and well-being of their pet” said Kevin Strooband, Executive Director of the Lincoln County Humane Society. “If your pet needs care, you have an obligation to provide it. Any owner who needs assistance is encouraged to call their local SPCA or Humane Society”, he continued.
A second charge of fail to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention was withdrawn by the Crown.
Emaciated 13 year old, male, Labrador cross dog, named “Colby”.
Kevin Strooband, Executive Director
Lincoln County Humane Society
160 Fourth Avenue
St. Catharines, ON L2S 0B6