Ontario SPCA

Ontario SPCA

December 02, 2010 13:34 ET

Brantford Man and Woman Convicted for Harming A Puppy

Nine-Week-Old Labrador-Type Puppy Suffered Severe Leg Fracture

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2010) - The Ontario SPCA is pleased to see the new Ontario SPCA Act has saved a nine-week-old labrador-type puppy.

On February 1, 2010, the Ontario SPCA received a cruelty complaint from a local veterinarian regarding a nine-week-old puppy that had suffered severe leg fracture. Under the newly amended Act, veterinarians are obligated to report potential animal cruelty to the Ontario SPCA.

The owner of the puppy brought the young lab to the vet after her roommate had thrown the puppy across a room 5 days earlier, resulting in the injured leg. After the vet examination the owner refused to treat the puppy for its injuries. The Ontario SPCA followed up on this complaint and charges were laid.

On November 23, 2010 the owner of the dog, Natasha Caverley, was charged under The Ontario SPCA Act for failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention and cause distress to animal. Caverley pled guilty to Causing Distress and agreed to the following sentence:

  • Restitution $595.66
  • Prohibition of ownership for 5 years
  • Inspection Rights for 5 years, allowing the Ontario SPCA to follow up to ensure compliance to this sentence.
  • Probation for 12 months
  • Community Service, 100 hours to be completed within one year

The owner's roommate, James Leblanc, was previously charged under another police matter, and as such the animal cruelty charges were combined and he has now been charged with Mischief under the Criminal Code. He was sentenced to 18 months probation.

The Ontario SPCA is pleased to say that the puppy made a full recovery and found a forever home with a family.

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 affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Contact Information

  • Provincial Media Contact
    Ontario SPCA
    Alison Cross
    Manager, Marketing & Communications
    Ontario SPCA
    Rosaline Ryan
    Director, Marketing & Communications