Charlton pair banned from owning animals for five years after being found guilty

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Charlton, ON (February 21, 2019) – A 39-old man and 37-year-old woman from Charlton have been found guilty under provincial animal welfare legislation following an investigation relating to the treatment of animals in their care.

Chris Montigny and Jessica Canivet were found guilty on January 22, 2019 in a Haileybury Provincial Offences Court of the following offences:

  • Causing distress to an animal
  • Permitting distress to an animal
  • Failing to provide for their general welfare
  • Failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water
  • Failing to provide adequate and appropriate resting and sleeping areas
  • Failing to provide adequate and appropriate shelter
  • Failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention

The Justice of the Peace sentenced Montigny and Canivet to a five-year prohibition on owning, living with, or caring for any animals. The Ontario SPCA was granted inspection rights for the same period of time to ensure compliance with the prohibition order. The pair have one month from the date of sentencing to rehome any animals in their care. In addition, Montigny and Canivet are each required to pay a fine of $3,000.

The charges Montigny and Canivet were convicted of were the result of a lengthy investigation involving horses, cattle, sheep and a pig. In December 2017 the Ontario SPCA received a concern about animals in distress at a property in Charlton. Ontario SPCA officers attended and discovered a deceased sheep, pig and foal on the property, as well as horses, sheep and cattle that were not receiving the necessary care required. Two horses were in such poor condition that they were humanely euthanized at the recommendation of a veterinarian.

“Owners have a legal and ethical responsibility to provide their animals with appropriate care,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “Neglect is unacceptable and those who fail to look after their animals will be held accountable for their actions.”

To report animal cruelty, contact the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722).




Melissa Kosowan
Ontario SPCA


The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its network of animal welfare communities facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being. Offering a variety of mission-based programs including community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, shelter health & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs and humane education, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal welfare charity.