South River man banned from owning animals for 10 years after pleading guilty to cruelty charge

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – South River, ON (March 16, 2018) – A 22-year-old man from South River is prohibited from owning animals for 10 years after pleading guilty to animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.

Travis Stillaway pled guilty on March 15, 2018 in a Sundridge Provincial Offences Court to one count of permitting distress to an animal. He was sentenced to a two-year probation, a 10-year prohibition from owning, having custody or care of, or living with any animals, and was ordered to surrender any animals in his care to the Ontario SPCA or affiliated humane society. He must also pay $250 in restitution to the Ontario SPCA.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, a yellow Labrador-type dog in thin body condition was brought to the Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Centre as a stray after being found running at large in South River. An investigation revealed the dog belonged to Stillaway.

Ontario SPCA officers executed a warrant at Stillaway’s home on August 25, 2017 and discovered a Lhasa Apso-type dog living in deplorable conditions within the home. The dog, which was dirty, matted and frightened, was tethered to a living room table by a cord approximately five feet in length. The animal had no access to water or food.

The dog was removed and examined by a veterinarian who determined he was underweight with poor muscle mass. The dog was also covered in mats, many of which extended to the skin.

Both dogs recovered while in the care of the Ontario SPCA and have since been adopted into loving homes.

“There will be consequences under the law if you fail to provide adequate care for your animals,” says Alison Green, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “There is no excuse for neglecting your animals.”

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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Keep up the good work speaking for the ones who can’t speak for themselves. A society who cares for their animals is a better society.  Thanks for your good work!