August 15, 2013 12:18 ET

Kingston Couple Charged After Shooting Dog with Pellet Gun

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 15, 2013) - On July 29, 2013, Evan Camilleri and Shannon Stoness, of Sharbot Lake, Ontario, pled guilty under the Ontario SPCA Act of failing to provide the standards of care and permitting distress to an animal.

On January 29, 2012, a dog named Hope was brought in by the Kingston Humane Society Animal Control. X-rays revealed five pellets embedded in the dog's flesh. Surgery was performed and a public plea for information was put out in the local newspaper.

Between February 8 - 12, information was received from the public leading to a couple from Sharbot Lake being charged.

Hope has recovered and has been adopted into a loving home.

Mr. Camilleri was sentenced to 12 months probation, 50 hours community service, counseling for pet treatment and care, $250.00 restitution fines and a lifetime prohibition against owning, caring for or having custody of any domestic animal.

Ms. Stoness received a lifetime prohibition against owning, caring for or having custody of any domestic animal.

"No animal should ever have to suffer at the hands of an irresponsible owner. If you see someone commit animal cruelty, please contact the Ontario SPCA immediately," said Larry Wilkinson, Senior Inspector.

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 and Humane Society and we can discuss what services are available. 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
    Brad Dewar
    Investigation & Communications Officer