FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Napanee, ON (July 8, 2015)- On July 2, 2015 at Napanee Court Rebecca Boyce of Odessa, Ontario, pleaded guilty under the Ontario SPCA Act for permitting an animal to be in distress.


On December 15, 2014 an Ontario SPCA inspector responded to a complaint of a skinny Great Dane tied to a cinder block in a bedroom covered in feces. When the inspector arrived at the residence, owner Rebecca Boyce explained that her male Great Dane couldn’t control his bowel movements and wasn’t eating. She said he was also under quarantine because the dog had bit Boyce in the face.


Boyce elected to surrender the dog, at which point an inspector took the Great Dane to a local veterinarian where he was examined accordingly. The veterinarian determined that the Great Dane was dehydrated and severely malnourished.


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


Boyce was fined $500, and ordered to pay $1,290 in restitution. She was also sentenced with a five year prohibition from owning animals.
The dog has made a full recovery and placed in a loving home that can manage its needs.


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