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Case ID: 1125
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Saturday, Aug 25, 2001

Disposition: Convicted
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» Ralph Misener
» Rose Misener

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

In the largest puppy-mill rescue in Ontario SPCA's history, Rose and Ralph Misener of Vaughan have been charged with wilfully causing unnecessary suffering to animals under the Criminal Code of Canada. The Miseners will appear in Newmarket Court on October 23, 2001. The approximately 30 puppies and 150 dogs were removed from the Misener's property following ongoing investigations by the Ontario SPCA. Inspectors, agents, shelter staff and volunteers from across the province banded together to orchestrate the removal, sheltering and rehabilitation of the 180 dogs.

"This is a huge undertaking, especially in view of the number of dogs we have to deal with at one time, many in poor health and requiring veterinary attention," says Craig Daniell, Director of Investigations.

The dogs, which were housed in makeshift pens and had inadequate food and water, were suffering from numerous ailments, including flea infestations, hookworm, whipworm and diarrhea. Four puppies were found in a field, screaming for their mother. They are now being bottle-fed by Ontario SPCA care-givers. Many of the dogs are currently undergoing medical assessment.

Case Updates

Ralph Misener was sentenced on December 12th in the Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto, having been found guilty on November 5th on five charges under the Criminal Code of Canada of failing to provide suitable and adequate care and causing unnecessary suffering to dogs. The charges had been brought by the Ontario SPCA following the highly publicized rescue of 231 dogs in August, 2001 from two puppy mills operated by Misener and his wife, Rose.

Ralph Misener was sentenced to a three-month conditional jail term (essentially house arrest), received three years probation during which he cannot have custody of an animal, to be followed by two years prohibition from having custody of an animal.

The Ontario SPCA has residence and property inspection rights. No fine or restitution was levied. In passing sentence, the Court noted to the effect that, as previous incarceration had not prevented repeat offending, there was no point in including incarceration in the present sentence.

On November 5th Rose Misener had been sentenced to a nine-month conditional jail term and the same period of probation and prohibition.

Read more:
Update posted on Dec 26, 2003 - 1:55AM 
Animal welfare officers removed 40 dogs Monday April 7 2003 from the Vaughan property of a couple who are facing animal cruelty charges in connection with a 2001 incident.
More information:
Update posted on Apr 10, 2003 - 6:30AM 


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