Couple banned from owning animals
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.