March 13, 2012 15:57 ET

Local Man Charged With Four Counts of Animal Cruelty for Shooting a Dog

Ontario SPCA charged accused under the OSPCA Act

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 13, 2012) - On 06th March, 2012 at approximately 5:00 PM the OPP responded to a complaint of a German Sheppard dog being shot on Montee Brazeau Road in St. Charles. The dog sustained serious injuries to his face and was transported to the Walden Animal Hospital, where he received veterinary care. On March 7, 2012 the Ontario SPCA was contacted to participate in the investigation. The dog eventually succumbed to his injuries, on Friday 09th March, 2012.

A joint investigation by the Sudbury SPCA and the Noelville/Warren OPP Detachment was conducted and on 10th March 2012, the persons responsible in the shooting of "Buddy" attended the Warren OPP Detachment for interviews.

As a result of the investigation, a 32 year old man was charged with four counts of animal cruelty, under the Ontario SPCA Act.

The four charges include: one count for causing the animal to be in distress, one count for permitting the animal to be in distress, one count for failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention, and one count for failing to humanely kill an animal by a method that is humane and minimizes the pain and distress to the animal.

Information was received that there have been threats and malicious comments being said and written on FaceBook and other internet sites. Police would like to remind the public that any threats made are considered a criminal offence and will be dealt with accordingly.

The Ontario SPCA would like to remind pet owners that should you have any questions or concerns for the care of your animal, there are options available to address the situation. Please contact your local veterinarian or the Ontario SPCA and those options can be discussed with you.

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 relies on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; veterinary services; community outreach; advocacy; and humane education.

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
    Alison Cross
    Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications

    Ontario SPCA
    Brad Dewar
    Investigation & Communications Officer

    Contact: Noelville/Warren OPP Detachment