‘Ottawa’ Ottawa Residents Charged with Animal Cruelty after Police Recover Lost Dog
Two Ottawa residents have been charged with animal cruelty after a lost dog was discovered in their east end apartment suffering from extreme malnutrition and pest infestation.
Ottawa police reported the abused female animal to the SPCA on Feb. 17.
The dog, a pug-beagle cross, was lost last September when it ran away as the owner was placing the animal back into her vehicle after a walk.
After police recovered the animal, the owner took the dog to a veterinarian.
The vet found the dog to be malnourished, infested with fleas and had an infection that led to the pad in its hind paw to fall off.
“Acts of animal cruelty are taken very seriously by the Ontario SPCA,” said Jennifer Bluhm, deputy chief inspector of the Ontario SPCA.
A 29-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman are charged under the Ontario SPCA Act for failing to provide the care necessary for general welfare and medical needs of the animal.
The maximum charge for animal cruelty under the act is two years in jail, a fine of up to $60,000 and a possible lifetime ban on pet ownership.
They are scheduled to appear in provincial court in Ottawa May 11.