Napanee Woman Sentenced After Live and Deceased Animals Found in Deplorable Conditions



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NAPANEE, ON (January 21, 2015) – On January 7, 2015, Jennifer Martin, of Napanee, Ontario, pled guilty to permitting distress to a variety of animals under the Ontario SPCA Act after many animals were found living in deplorable conditions and numerous dead carcasses were discovered inside the home.


On April 21, 2014, Ontario SPCA Officers received an email from the Loyalist Fire Department requesting assistance regarding several rabbits, some possibly deceased, at a residence in Amherstview.


Ontario SPCA Officers, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the fire department later attended the residence. The home was found to be in deplorable conditions. Several rabbits were still alive, but had no access to food or water. Several dead rabbits were found littered throughout the home. A bearded dragon was also found to be in distress and immediately removed. The live rabbits were provided with water.


On April 22, 2014, a search warrant was executed and the Ontario SPCA Major Case Management Team, as well as a veterinarian, attended the residence.


After searching the home, several live rabbits and guinea pigs were found running loose. Live rabbits were also found cramped in Tim Horton’s boxes. Many dead rabbits were found throughout the home, in numerous garbage bags and in cages. Approximately 300 dead carcases were located in the home.


An Ontario SPCA Certificate of a Veterinarian was executed and 14 live rabbits, four guinea pigs, one deceased dog, and four deceased rabbits were removed from the property. Ms. Martin then surrendered all animals to the Ontario SPCA.


Ms. Martin was sentenced and received two years probation and a lifetime ban on owning, caring for or living with any animals. She was fined $6,000 and was also ordered to pay $4,969.20 in restitution to the Ontario SPCA.


“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 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




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Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office


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Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.


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