Cornwall man convicted of Animal Cruelty

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Cornwall, ON (January 5, 2017 ) – A 27-year-old Cornwall man has been found guilty of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act and has been sentenced to a five-year ban on owning animals as a result of an investigation into the abusive treatment of his dog.

On May 5, 2016 the Ontario SPCA received a report that a man was seen beating a dog at an apartment building in Cornwall. Witnesses reported seeing a man kicking, dragging, choking and screaming at his dog before throwing it in a car and leaving the area.

Adam Munro, 27, pleaded guilty in Provincial Offences Court in Cornwall on December 13, 2016 to one count of permitting an animal to be in distress and one count of failing to provide the care necessary for an animal’s general welfare. Munro was sentenced to a five-year prohibition on owning animals and received two years probation, during which time he will be subject to random inspections by the Ontario SPCA for compliance. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and to surrender any animals in his care.

The three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix that Munro pleaded guilty to beating has since been re-homed, as well as a cat that was also in Munro’s care.

“Acts of animal cruelty are taken very seriously,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you see an animal in distress, we urge you to report it immediately by calling our 24-hour, province-wide dispatch center at 310-SPCA.”



Melissa Kosowan
Ontario SPCA

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Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.

Since 1919, when Ontario’s first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.


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