Alexandria Man Sentenced After Posting Video on Facebook Depicting a Cat Being Lifted in the Air and Hitting the Floor

For Immediate Release - ALEXANDRIA, ON (October 14, 2014) – On September 8, 2014, Brandon Lessard, of Alexandria, Ontario, was sentenced after posting a video on Facebook depicting a cat being lifted in the air and hitting the floor.


January 27, 2014, the Ontario SPCA  received a complaint stating that a  video was posted on Facebook depicting animal cruelty.


The Ontario SPCA received a copy of the video which showed Mr.Lessard using his foot to forcefully lift a cat up in the air which caused it to flip several times before landing on the floor. This action was repeated several times resulting in the cat hitting the wall and the corner of the bathroom sink.


On February 4, 2014, Ontario SPCA Officers located Mr.Lessard who admitted to making the video with a friend.  Mr.Lessard explained it was a misunderstanding and that the cat liked what he was doing.

Mr.Lessard was sentenced to one year prohibition from caring for, living with or owning any animals. He was also ordered to pay a $350 fine. 


“Acts of animal cruelty are taken very seriously by the Ontario SPCA,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector. “It is not acceptable to treat any animal in this manner.”


The Ontario SPCA reminds pet owners that if you have concerns for the welfare of your animal there are other alternatives than allowing an animal to go without adequate care. Contact your local Ontario SPCA to discuss our available services. To report cruelty please call 310-SPCA or email your concern to




Provincial Media Contact

Brad Dewar

Investigation & Communications Officer

Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office



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