Ontario SPCA

Ontario SPCA

March 23, 2010 14:43 ET

Georgina Woman Convicted of Six Counts of Animal Cruelty Receives Life Time Ban from Owning Animals

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) - On March 17, 2010 in Newmarket Provincial court, Gladys Hamerston of Georgina, Ontario was convicted of six counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act. Two counts for failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water, two counts for failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention, one count for failing to provide adequate and appropriate resting and sleeping area, and one count for failure to provide an animal with adequate and appropriate sanitary conditions.

Sadly, this is not the first conviction for Mrs. Hamerston; she has been charged, and found guilty on other animal cruelty counts. As a result Mrs. Hamerston was also convicted, yesterday, for breach of probation for failing to provide the Ontario SPCA proof, in writing, from a veterinarian that the animals were spayed or neutered, as required by court orders.

In 1996, Gladys Hamerston pled guilty to Criminal Code charges for failing to provide suitable and adequate care for dogs. Mrs. Hamerston was prohibited from owning/residing with any dogs.

In 1999, Gladys Hamerston pled guilty to Criminal Code charges for failing to provide suitable and adequate care for 31 cats and 23 kittens. Mrs. Hamerston was prohibited from residing with any cats for a period of time.

Also in 1999, Gladys Hamerston was charged and convicted of a Criminal Code breach of probation with regards to the terms of probation set from the 1996 conviction.

In 2007, Hamerston was charged and convicted under the OSPCA Act and placed on probation. Mrs. Hamerston pled guilty for failing to provide adequate medical attention for animals in her possession.

The Ontario SPCA is pleased to hear that, on March 17, 2010; Gladys Hamerston was sentenced to pay $6,000 and is forbidden from owning, having custody or care of, or living with any animal, for the rest of her life. Mrs. Hamerston must surrender all her animals to the Ontario SPCA within 30 days. The Ontario SPCA has inspection rights at her property to ensure she has complied with court orders.

"In 2009, new sentencing amendments were implemented to the Ontario SPCA Act" said, Connie Mallory, Acting Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. "This case is proof of the need for the toughened laws and proof that the new laws are in fact working very well."

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA): Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is a registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities relying primarily on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; advocacy; and humane education. The Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society investigators with police powers to do so – making the Ontario SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province. The Ontario SPCA is a member of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and is affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Contact Information

  • Provincial Media Contact:
    Alison Cross
    Manager, Marketing & Communications
    905-853-2108
    across@ospca.on.ca