Cou­ple banned from own­ing an­i­mals

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Two stur­geon Falls res­i­dents have been banned from own­ing an­i­mals for five years af­ter they were found guilty of sev­eral of­fences un­der pro­vin­cial an­i­mal wel­fare leg­is­la­tion.

court was told an On­tario spca of­fi­cer with the North Bay and dis­trict hu­mane so­ci­ety went to a res­i­dence Jan. 5 af­ter con­cern was re­ported about the wel­fare of a dog.

The of­fi­cer ob­served a dog with red, in­flamed ears that smelled strongly of yeast.

The dog’s paws were also red and raw with fur miss­ing.

An or­der was is­sued to the owner to have the dog seen by a vet­eri­nar­ian.

When the owner failed to com­ply with the or­der, a search war­rant was ex­e­cuted on the prop­erty and the dog was re­moved and taken to a vet­eri­nar­ian.

The dog was found to be un­der­weight and was suf­fer­ing from se­vere flea al­lergy der­mati­tis and se­vere yeast in­fec­tions in both ears. The dog was treated by a vet­eri­nar­ian and later re­homed by the hu­mane so­ci­ety.

Thomas seguin, 32, and Michelle Au­clair, 41, pleaded guilty sept. 17 in stur­geon Falls Pro­vin­cial Of­fences court to per­mit­ting an an­i­mal to be in distress, fail­ing to com­ply with pre­scribed stan­dards of care and fail­ing to pro­vide care nec­es­sary for its gen­eral wel­fare. The two were sen­tenced to two years each pro­ba­tion.

They are also sub­ject to unan­nounced in­spec­tions and were or­dered to pay $416 resti­tu­tion to the North Bay and dis­trict hu­mane so­ci­ety.

“As­sum­ing the care of an an­i­mal means as­sum­ing full re­spon­si­bil­ity for pro­vid­ing all care nec­es­sary to that an­i­mal,” says Lynn Michaud, se­nior in­spec­tor, On­tario spca.

“Al­low­ing any an­i­mal to suf­fer need­lessly for any rea­son is in­ex­cus­able.”

To re­port sus­pected an­i­mal cru­elty, call the On­tario spca’s prov­ince-wide an­i­mal cru­elty hot­line at 310-spca (7722), or your lo­cal po­lice.

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