September 20, 2013 15:31 ET

Cobden Area Male and Female Are Each Charged With 35 Counts of Animal Cruelty Under Ontario SPCA Act

COBDEN, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 20, 2013) - A male and female of Cobden, Ontario, have been charged each with 35 counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.

On August 19, The Ontario SPCA executed a search warrant at a Cobden property, in Renfrew County, after receiving a call of concern for the welfare of the animals on the property. The reptiles were found in poor living conditions and without adequate care. Under the authority of a veterinarian certificate and the Ontario SPCA Act, over 45 reptiles were removed, including bearded dragons, snakes, lizards and an American alligator. Compliance orders were written under the authority of the Ontario SPCA Act for the care of the remaining animals on the property.

"Responsible pet ownership extends to all animals," said Larry Wilkinson, Senior Inspector. "Individuals should know what the laws are regarding animals of all types before buying a pet."

The Ontario SPCA reminds pet owners that if you have concerns for the welfare of your animal there are other alternatives than allowing an animal to go without adequate care. Contact your local Ontario SPCA Community to discuss our available services. To report cruelty please call 1-888-668-7722 or email your concern to cruelty@ospca.on.ca.

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:

Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.

Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to enforce animal welfare legislation and the Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.


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Contact Information

  • Provincial Media Contact:
    Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office
    Agent Brad Dewar
    Investigation, Communication Officer