August 12, 2013 15:16 ET

Kingston Woman Convicted of Permitting Distress Under Ontario SPCA Act

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 12, 2013) - On July 12, 2013, Nancy Whyte of Kingston, Ontario, was convicted of one count of permitting distress under the Ontario SPCA Act.

On February 16, 2012, Ms. Whyte brought her cat to the Kingston humane society. After an examination by a veterinarian, an open tumor that measured 2x4x1 inches was found on the animal the tumor had been there for several months.

The cat could not be saved and was humanely euthanized.

Ms. Whyte received a three year prohibition from living with, caring for, or owning an animal. The Ontario SPCA was given inspection rights during daylight hours when Ms. Whyte is home. Ms. Whyte was ordered to pay a fine of $750.

"If providing for an animal under your care becomes difficult, we encourage you to contact your local Ontario SPCA or Humane Society where we can find a solution together," 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 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
    Brad Dewar
    Investigation & Communications Officer
    Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office