Smiths Falls Woman Sentenced After Failing to Provide the Necessary Care for Her Two Dogs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SMITHS FALLS, ON (March 26, 2015) – On March 17, 2015, Elizabeth Moulton, of Smiths Falls, Ontario, pled guilty to failing to provide the care necessary for an animal’s general welfare under the Ontario SPCA Act.
On October 2, 2014, Ontario SPCA Officers received a call regarding an older Pug-type dog and a Rottweiler-cross puppy. The Pug was reportedly extremely emaciated with ribs, hips and spine visible, a severe flea infestation, and a ruptured cornea. The dog also had a tumor under his front left leg. The Rottweiler-cross puppy had been tied to a closet door, 24 hours a day, with no access to food or water.
On October 3, 2014, Ontario SPCA Officers attended the residence and Ms. Moulton’s sister identified her as the animal owner. The Rottweiler cross appeared to be in good health, however the Pug was in extremely poor condition as reported, including overgrown nails which penetrated the pads of his feet. Orders were written to have the pug examined by a veterinarian.
On October 6, 2014, Officers were advised by Smiths Falls Veterinary Services that Ms. Moulton’s uncle had brought the Pug in for immediate euthanasia. Ms. Moulton advised Officers that the Rottweiler- cross puppy was now in the care of her godmother.
Ms. Moulton was sentenced and received six months of probation which included orders not to own or accumulate any animals other than the one cat already in her care. The Ontario SPCA was granted inspection rights to ensure compliance.
“There is no excuse to let an animal go without proper veterinary medical attention,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector. “To report cruelty please call 310-SPCA or email your concern to email@example.com.”
Inspector Brad Dewar
Investigation & Communications Officer
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office
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