The Ontario SPCA Seeks the Public’s Assistance Regarding the Possible Poisoning of Three Dogs in Stouffville



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - STOUFFVILLE, ON (February 12, 2015) – The Ontario SPCA is seeking the public’s assistance regarding three dogs that suddenly became ill after ingesting ethylene glycol (antifreeze) over the weekend of January 9 – 12 near Vandorf Sideroad and Kennedy Road in Stouffville.


A resident of Stouffville reported that all three of his dogs suddenly became ill and passed away. One of his dogs tested positive for ethylene glycol (antifreeze) poisoning and the other two dogs displayed the same symptoms. Testing is currently underway to confirm ethylene glycol poisoning in the other two dogs.


The owner stated that he has no idea how the dogs would have ingested this and indicated that at the time, did not have any antifreeze on his property.


Ingestion of antifreeze is extremely toxic and in most cases results in death when ingested by animals.


“In cases where antifreeze is used to poison animals, it is an offense and a person could face charges,” says Alison Green, Regional Inspector. “It’s important as responsible pet owners to ensure that chemicals like antifreeze are kept out of the reach of animals.”


The Ontario SPCA is working with York Regional Police on this matter.


Anyone with information regarding this situation is asked to call the Ontario SPCA at 310-SPCA or York Regional Police 5 District – Criminal Investigation Bureau Phone #1-866-876-5423 Ext: 7541




Provincial Media Contact
Brad Dewar
Investigation & Communications Officer
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office


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