Ottawa pair found guilty of animal cruelty after missing dog discovered neglected

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Ottawa, ON (April 10, 2018) – A 30-year-old man and 36-year-old woman from Ottawa have each been found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation relating to the neglect of a dog in their care.

The Ontario SPCA received a report from the Ottawa Police Service on February 22, 2017, concerning conditions inside an apartment in the city’s East end. A “Puggle”-type female dog that had been reported missing in September 2016, was discovered by police at the residence and found to be in need of veterinary attention.

The dog was returned to her rightful owner, who immediately took the animal to a veterinarian. An examination revealed the dog was severely emaciated and infested with fleas. She also had an infection on her right hind paw that caused the pad of her paw to fall off. The dog was treated for her health conditions and has since recovered.

On March 22, 2018, Charlie Lapointe and Chantel Stoneburner were each found guilty in an Ottawa Provincial Offences Court of permitting distress and failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention. The Justice of the Peace sentenced them to a 10-year prohibition on owning or caring for or residing with animals. They were also fined $500 each and were required to pay $349 in restitution to the Ontario SPCA.

“This was an unusual case that had a positive outcome,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “The individuals who were responsible for this dog’s neglect faced justice for the neglect of this dog. Happily, she is fully recovered and back in the care of her loving family.”

To report animal cruelty, contact the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722).




Melissa Kosowan
Ontario SPCA

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.

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