Oro-Medonte resident charged with animal cruelty

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Oro-Medonte, ON (December 13, 2017) –

A 37-year-old man from Oro-Medonte has been charged with animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation relating to a dog in his care.

On November 14, 2017, a six-month-old black and tan male Rottweiler-type dog was brought to the Oro-Medonte animal control shelter. The dog was suffering from wounds over his entire body. The accused reported finding the dog as a stray.

A veterinary examination revealed the dog was in poor body condition, was suffering from severe dehydration and had unknown burn-like wounds on his muzzle, eyes, ears, back, paws and legs that had gone untreated.

Named Leonard by his caregivers, the dog is recovering from his injuries. The Township of Oro-Medonte is currently accepting adoption applications on its website at www.oro-medonte.ca.

The accused has been charged with permitting distress, failing to provide veterinary care and for knowingly making a false report. He is due to appear in a Provincial Offences Court in Orillia on January 29, 2018.

“We want to thank the public for coming forward with information that assisted us in this investigation. The Township of Oro-Medonte has also been helpful throughout this process,” says Alison Green, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “We would also like to remind pet owners to contact your local Animal Centre or Humane Society to discuss your options if you find yourself in a position where you can no longer care for your animal.”

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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