Cru­elty leads to life­time pet own­er­ship ban

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News On­tario So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty


Staff A Cornwall man has re­ceived a life­time ban from own­ing an­i­mals af­ter re­cently plead­ing guilty to three charges un­der the to An­i­mals Act.

Bran­don Wil­son had been charged on Aug. 7, 2014 with one count each of caus­ing an an­i­mal to be in dis­tress, fail­ing to pro­vide ad­e­quate food and wa­ter and fail­ing to pro­vide care nec­es­sary for an an­i­mal’s gen­eral wel­fare af­ter he aban­doned a six-mon­thold puppy in an apart­ment af­ter he’d moved out of the res­i­dence.

Two of Mr. Wil­son’s room­mates told SPCA in­ves­ti­ga­tors that they’d been evicted and left the apart­ment on Au­gust 1, but that Mr. Wil­son had left the puppy be­hind with no ac­cess to food or wa­ter.

An SPCA of­fi­cer vis­ited the apart­ment and spoke to the build­ing main­te­nance worker who con­firmed that the ten­ants had been evicted.

The worker later en­tered the apart­ment and found the puppy hid­ing in­side a clothes dryer. He noted that the an­i­mal had no ac­cess to food, that the res­i­dence was in dis­ar­ray and that the young dog was “very fright­ened,” ac­cord­ing to an SPCA press re­lease.

The SPCA of­fi­cer pro­vided the worker with a leash that al­lowed him to re­move the puppy – fur­ther de­scribed as be­ing “very fear­ful and thin,” with sev­eral bald spots caused by rub­bing or scratch­ing, and dirty ears – from the apart­ment. Mr. Wil­son, whom the SPCA found af­ter­wards liv­ing with his girl­friend and a new dog, ad­mit­ted to own­ing the puppy and was sub­se­quently ar­rested. Be­sides the life­time pro­hi­bi­tion from liv­ing with, car­ing for or own­ing any an­i­mals, Mr. Wil­son was also placed on two years pro­ba­tion, or­dered to sur­ren­der the new dog in his care to the SPCA, and pay $ 210 resti­tu­tion to the or­ga­ni­za­tion, as well as a $500 fine. The SPCA was given ac­cess to Mr. Wil­son’s prop­erty to en­sure his com­pli­ance with the court-or­dered con­di­tions. The puppy, named Mar­ley, re­quired sev­eral months of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, but made a full re­cov­ery and was “adopted to a lov­ing fam­ily,” ac­cord­ing to the SPCA.

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