Ottawa man pleads guilty to animal cruelty after letting dog suffer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Ottawa, ON (October 26, 2017) – An Ottawa man has been convicted of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation into his failure to provide the necessary veterinary care for his ailing dog. Jason Riddell, 42, of Ottawa pled guilty in an Ottawa Provincial Offences Court on September 29, 2017 to the charge of permitting distress to an animal. He was sentenced to two years probation, a prohibition on owning animals and is subject to inspections by Ontario SPCA officers during that time. On February 9, 2017, an Ontario SPCA officer attended a residence in Ottawa to respond to concerns about the welfare of a dog. The officer located an emaciated Golden Labrador-type dog that was covered in feces and was unable to move his hind end. The owner agreed to surrender the dog to the Ontario SPCA to get the animal the veterinary attention it required. The Ontario SPCA officer immediately transported the dog to a veterinary hospital. An examination revealed that the dog was emaciated, suffering from hind end paralysis and in severe pain. He was humanely euthanized at the recommendation of the attending veterinarian. “Allowing an animal to suffer needlessly is irresponsible and inhumane. If one finds themselves unable to provide the necessary and basic care for their animal, they should immediately contact their local animal centre or humane society to discuss their options,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “Failure to do so will result in legal consequences. ## MEDIA CONTACT Stephanie Johns Ontario SPCA 289-383-0627 Ontario SPCA and Humane Society: Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal welfare organization. A registered charity, the Society is 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. The Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations, including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education & Animal Centre. Adopt • Learn • Volunteer • Donate Charitable Business Number 88969 1044 RR0002
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