Ontario SPCA

Ontario SPCA

April 27, 2010 12:47 ET

Toronto Man Sentenced for Torturing Girlfriend's Dogs

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2010) - On April 15, 2010, Christopher Michael Munroe of Toronto was convicted and sentenced under the Criminal Code of Canada for two counts of wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal and one count to wilfully killing an animal. The charges pertained to incidents involving to two Boston Terrier-type dogs, "Abbey" and "Zoe".

In 2008, the Ontario SPCA conducted the investigation after being contacted by a licensed veterinarian regarding suspicious injuries to "Abbey" and "Zoe". On June 23, 2008, the veterinarian reported to the Ontario SPCA that, after running numerous tests on the two dogs and after the subsequent death and necropsy of "Abbey", both animals had been subjected to numerous "brutal" beatings over the course of six-to-eight weeks.

The necropsy, performed at the University of Guelph by a pathologist, revealed that "Abbey" had approximately 14 broken ribs, a fractured skull, two detached retinas, severe ulcerations to the feet, and chemical or electrical burns to her anus and vagina. '"Zoe" also suffered significant beatings, particularly to the ribs and abdomen manifesting in swellings hanging from her chest.

An extensive investigation revealed Christopher Michael Munroe had inflicted the injuries, according to evidence heard in Court. He was the boyfriend of the owner. The owner had previously spent $6,000 in medical fees on her pets, unaware that her boyfriend was causing the injuries through torture.

Munroe has been sentenced to 12 months in jail, fined approximately $13,000 in medical fees and restitution to the owner, received a 25-year ban in owning an animal, must perform 150 hours of community service, and will serve three years on probation.

"This sentencing is a huge step forward for animal welfare," says Connie Mallory, Acting Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. "This case proves that we will not be take animal cruelty lightly. The amendment of the Criminal Code of Canada in early 2008 strengthened the sentencing provisions for animal cruelty offences, and these penalties have been applied in this case. This has set a precedent in case law and sends a message to those who torture animals: the law considers you to be violent criminals and you will be punished accordingly."

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.

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