Angus Man and Woman Pleaded Guilty After Permitting 89 Cats and One Dog to be In Distress


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - ANGUS, ON (January 21, 2015) – On January 12, 2015, Dawn Beattie and Darron McMinn, of Angus, Ontario, pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act after 89 cats and one dog were found in distress inside their residence.


The charges included:
• Permitting an animal to be in distress
• Failure to provide sanitary conditions


On October 16, 2013, Ontario SPCA Officers, as well as a veterinarian, attended the residence of Ms. Beattie and Mr. McMinn after receiving information that numerous, possibly sick cats were located inside the home, which also had a strong odor coming from it.


After examination of the residence, it was noted that there was an inadequate amount of food, water and litter boxes. Urine and feces were also noted. The ammonia levels were so high it made breathing difficult. After determining that the 89 cats and one dog were in distress, a Veterinarian signed a Certificate for Removal .


The animals were examined by a veterinarian and found to have many health issues. The cats had tearing, nasal discharge and congestion, periodontal disease, fractured teeth with pulp exposure, conjunctivitis, and oral ulcers. The dog was found to have mild tartar, ear infections and a skin infection on her back and tail head consistent with flea allergy dermatitis.

Ms. Beattie and Mr. McMinn were sentenced and received two years probation and a five year prohibition from living with, caring for or owning any animal. They were also ordered to pay $7,500 in restitution and the Ontario SPCA was granted inspection rights to ensure compliance.


Most of the cats have since been adopted.


“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,” says Alison Green, Regional 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
Brad Dewar
Investigation & Communications Officer
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office


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