Oshawa Woman Pleads Guilty After a Dog in Her Care Was Found in Terrible Condition Ontariospca

Oshawa Woman Pleads Guilty After a Dog in Her Care Was Found in Terrible Condition


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Whitby, ON (June 19, 2014)- On June 5, 2015, Suzanne Johnson of Oshawa, Ontario, pleaded guilty at Durham Region Provincial Court to failing to comply with prescribed standards of care for the welfare of a dog.


The charges included:
• Failing to provide necessary care for an animal’s general welfare
• Permitting distress to an animal


On November 28, 2014, an Ontario SPCA Officer received a tip regarding a dog in terrible condition. Upon arriving at the accused’s address, the Officer was shown a six-year-old Border Collie wearing a muzzle and missing most of her fur. She was oozing lesions, was thin, and had open scabs and fleas.


Johnson surrendered her dog to the Humane Society of Durham at that time. When the Border Collie, renamed “Holly”, was taken to a veterinarian clinic to be examined, she was found to be in a body condition of 2/5. Her body was alopecic, extremely inflamed and had large areas of infection. She also had a very large number of fleas and bed bugs covering her body.


“There is no excuse to let an animal go without proper veterinary medical attention,” says Alison Green, Regional Inspector. “If you are unable to care for your animal, contact your Ontario SPCA Community Society to discuss what options are available.”


Suzanne Johnson was sentenced with a $250.00 fine, and received a lifetime ban of owning, having custody, control, or residing with any animal for the remainder of her life.


After several weeks in rehabilitation, Holly was rehomed to a new family.


To report cruelty please call 310-SPCA or email your concern to cruelty@ospca.on.ca .


Figure 2 Holly Before rehabilitation

Figure 1 Holly After Rehabilitation


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