Elgin County Couple Sentenced After Abandoning Two Sick Dogs on a Farm



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - ELGIN COUNTY, ON (March 17, 2015) – On February 26, 2015, Susan Wall and Allen Ferris, of Elgin County, Ontario, pled guilty to two counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.


The charges included:
• Causing distress to an animal
• Failure to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention


On October 3, 2014, Ontario SPCA Officers were notified that the couple currently had two Pug-type dogs in their care that were in need of veterinary attention. Officers learned that the dogs were taken to a farming area where they were released and left to fend for themselves. The owners stated they were unable to afford medical attention for the dogs.


After a search was conducted, one Pug was found deceased on the side of the road.


On October 6, 2014, the second dog was picked up by the Ontario SPCA from a local veterinary clinic following its capture by a concerned citizen. The Pug, named “Shanneisha”, was positively identified by the owner and subsequently surrendered to the Ontario SPCA. The dog subsequently received proper medical treatment to treat her injuries.


“If pet owners are unable or unwilling to care for an animal there are better options than letting the animal suffer,” says Jennifer Bluhm, Senior Inspector. “Contact your local Ontario SPCA to discuss available services.”


Both Ms. Wall and Mr. Ferris were sentenced and received two years probation and ten years prohibition from living with, caring for or owning any animal. They also received a $1,000 fine each and were ordered to pay $507.60 jointly in restitution to the Ontario SPCA. Officers have been granted permission to visit the property to ensure compliance.


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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