Two peo­ple charged af­ter ema­ci­ated dog found

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BELLEVILLE - Four peo­ple from Belleville have been charged with an­i­mal cru­elty un­der the On­tario SPCA Act fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­lat­ing to an ema­ci­ated dog.

The On­tario SCPA re­ceived a con­cern about a dog af­ter the an­i­mal was brought to a ve­teri­nar­ian on Oct. 16 by a con­cerned cit­i­zen. A vet­eri­nary ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed the two-year fe­male boxer-cross type dog was very thin, in­fested with fleas and cov­ered in urine and fe­ces.

A me­dia re­lease from the On­tario SCPA states that the dog is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing the care it re­quires and will be placed up for adop­tion once it has re­cov­ered.

The re­lease goes on to say that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined the dog was owned by a 20-year-old man and 22-year-old woman. They are al­leged to have moved from a rental unit and left the dog be­hind with a 28-year-old man and 20-year-old woman, both of whom also re­side at the res­i­dence.

All four peo­ple were charged by the On­tario SPCA on Nov. 7 with the fol­low­ing of­fences un­der the On­tario SPCA Act:

• 1 count each of per­mit­ting an an­i­mal to be in distress

• 1 count each of fail­ing to pro­vide ad­e­quate and ap­pro­pri­ate food and wa­ter

• 1 count each of fail­ing to pro­vide ad­e­quate med­i­cal at­ten­tion

• 1 count each of fail­ing to pro­vide the nec­es­sary care for gen­eral wel­fare

• 1 count each of fail­ing to pro­vide ad­e­quate and ap­pro­pri­ate rest­ing and sleep­ing ar­eas

• 1 count each of fail­ing to pro­vide a space to en­able the an­i­mal to move nat­u­raly and to ex­er­cise

• 1 count each of fail­ing to pro­vide san­i­tary con­di­tions

• 1 count each of fail­ing to pro­vide ven­ti­la­tion

The ac­cused are due to ap­pear at pro­vin­cial of­fences court in Belleville on Dec. 18.

“There is no ex­cuse when it comes to fail­ing to care for your an­i­mals,” stated Bon­nie Bishop, se­nior in­spec­tor, On­tario SPCA. “If you find your­self in a po­si­tion where you are un­able to care for your an­i­mals, con­tact your lo­cal an­i­mal cen­tre or hu­mane so­ci­ety to dis­cuss your op­tions.”

To re­port an­i­mal cru­elty, call the On­tario SPCA’s prov­ince-wide dis­patch cen­tre at 310-SPCA (7722).

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