Ontario SPCA charges woman found mistreating her dog on Toronto subway

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Toronto, ON (August 10, 2017) – The Ontario SPCA has charged and arrested, with the assistance of Toronto Police Service 55 Division,  a 37-year-old Toronto woman after a video surfaced of her allegedly beating and mistreating her Chinese Crested-type dog.

On August 5, 2017, the Ontario SPCA received a video from TTC Police Services of a woman mistreating her dog while on the Toronto subway.

An investigation into the situation was started. The Ontario SPCA was able to obtain a warrant and removed the dog from the owner’s possession. The dog is now in the care of the Ontario SPCA.

“We are grateful for the public coming forward with this evidence that allowed us to conduct this investigation,” says Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “The public must remember that video evidence is only one part of an investigation. A full investigation into the matter is what allowed us the opportunity under the law to remove the dog and lay these charges. ”

The woman has been charged with one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal under the Criminal Code of Canada and one count of causing distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act. She is set to appear on October 11, 2017 in an Ontario Court of Justice at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East in Scarborough.

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



Melissa Kosowan Ontario SPCA mkosowan@ospca.on.ca 289-383-5968

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Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of close to 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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