Woodstock woman found guilty of animal cruelty

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Woodstock, ON (April 12, 2018) – A 49-year-old Woodstock woman has been found guilty of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation into the neglect of a dog in her care.

On April 5, 2018, Patricia Armstrong pled guilty in a Woodstock Provincial Offences Court to failing to provide medical attention, permitting distress and failing to comply with an Order. She was sentenced to a five-year prohibition from owning, or having custody, or living with any animals, with the exception of three dogs and two cats currently in her care. She is also subject to voluntary inspections by the Ontario SPCA semi-annually during her prohibition period and was ordered by the Justice of the Peace to pay $575 in restitution to the Ontario SPCA.

An Ontario SPCA officer attended a residence in Woodstock on March 22, 2017 after a concern was reported about the welfare of a dog on the property. The officer located an approximately 10-year-old West Highland Terrier-mix, which was observed to be suffering from extreme hair loss and scaly skin over his entire body. The dog appeared to be lethargic and could be seen biting and chewing at his hind end.

Orders were issued under the Ontario SPCA Act to have the dog examined by a veterinarian and to follow the treating veterinarian’s recommendations. When Armstrong failed to bring the dog to a scheduled re-check at the veterinary clinic, a search warrant was executed at her residence. The dog was removed for non-compliance of an Order. Veterinary examinations revealed the dog was suffering from environmental allergies and an ear infection. He was treated and later re-homed.

“A lack of finances is not an excuse to allow an animal to suffer,” says Carol Vanderheide, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “There will be consequences under the law if you fail to provide appropriate care for your animals or if you fail to take steps to alleviate an animal’s suffering.”

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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