Pembroke Woman Pleads Guilty to One Count of Animal Cruelty After Horse Starves to Death Ontariospca

Pembroke Woman Pleads Guilty to One Count of Animal Cruelty After Horse Starves to Death



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - PEMBROKE, ON (November 11, 2014) – On November 3, 2014, Jennifer Cote of Westmeath, Ontario, pled guilty under the Ontario SPCA Act to one count of failing to provide suitable and adequate medical attention to a horse.

In February 2014, an Ontario SPCA Officer attended Ms. Cote’s property and observed a deceased horse decomposing. A search warrant was executed and a sample was taken from the deceased horse. It was determined that the horse was emaciated at the time of death and had not received proper veterinary attention or adequate nutrition, resulting in starvation and death.

Ms. Cote was sentenced and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. She is also is prohibited from living with, caring for, or owning any animals for three years except for the animals she currently has, provided she complies with the orders for their care.

“The Ontario SPCA reminds pet owners that if you have concerns for the welfare of your animal there are alternatives other than allowing an animal to go without adequate care,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector.

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
Inspector Brad Dewar
Investigation & Communications Officer
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office

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