County of Grey Woman Convicted of Four Counts of Animal Cruelty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - County of Grey, ON (July 10, 2015) - On June 22, 2015, Lynda Smith of the Municipality of Grey Highlands, Ontario, was convicted of four counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.


The charges included:

• Causing animals to be in distress.

• Failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care for said animals by failing to provide adequate food and water.

• Failing to comply with an order served.

• Being the person who owns or has custody of animals, namely, horses, did fail to provide care necessary for their general welfare.


On February 13, 2013, an Ontario SPCA Officer arrived at the farm of Lynda Smith in response to complaints made regarding horses in her care. Smith was providing for 43 horses at that time. Upon inspection a number of the horses were found to be very thin, with minimal hay and only frozen water.


Orders were issued under the Ontario SPCA Act to provide necessities of life to all the horses. When the orders were not complied with, charges were laid against Smith.


“There is no excuse to let an animal go without proper veterinary medical attention,” says Jennifer Bluhm, 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.” Lynda Smith will be sentenced at Provincial Offences Court in Owen Sound, on July 13, 2015.


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