Four Belleville residents charged with animal cruelty

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Belleville, ON (November 10, 2017) – Four people from Belleville have been charged with animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation relating to an emaciated dog.

The Ontario SCPA received a concern about a dog after the animal was brought to a veterinarian on October 16, 2017 by a concerned citizen. A veterinary examination revealed the two-year female Boxer-cross type dog was very thin, infested with fleas and covered in urine and feces.

The dog is currently receiving the care it requires and will be placed up for adoption once it has recovered.

An investigation determined the dog was owned by a 20-year-old man and 22-year-old woman. They are alleged to have moved from a rental unit and left the dog behind with a 28-year-old man and 20-year-old woman, both of whom also reside at the residence.

All four people were charged by the Ontario SPCA on November 7, 2017 with the following offences under the Ontario SPCA Act:

• 1 count each of permitting an animal to be in distress
• 1 count each of failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water
• 1 count each of failing to provide adequate medical attention
• 1 count each of failing to provide the necessary care for general welfare
• 1 count each of failing to provide adequate and appropriate resting and sleeping areas
• 1 count each of failing to provide a space to enable the animal to move naturally and to exercise
• 1 count each of failing to provide sanitary conditions
• 1 count each of failing to provide ventilation

The accused are due to appear at Provincial Offences Court in Belleville on December 18, 2017.

“There is no excuse when it comes to failing to care for your animals,” says Bonnie Bishop, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you find yourself in a position where you are unable to care for your animals, contact your local animal centre or humane society to discuss your options.”

To report animal cruelty, call the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide dispatch centre at 310-SPCA (7722).


Melissa Kosowan
Ontario SPCA

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