Cruelty leads to lifetime pet ownership ban
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
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.