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Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010
Defendant/Suspect: David Metzger
A Milton man was sentenced in absentia in Burlington court after failing to appear on animal cruelty charges November 30.
David Metzger was fined $10,000 and given a suspended sentence with two years probation, a lifetime ban from living with, caring for or owning an animal and a restitution order to be paid in full to the Oakville and Milton Humane Society (OMHS) for their services to two dogs while in the care of the shelter.
Metzger was charged under the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Act with six counts: Causing an animal to be in distress; failing to provide a structurally sound enclosure; failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water; failing to provide the care necessary for its general welfare; failing to provide protection from the elements, including harmful temperatures, and failing to comply with a prescribed order.
In December of last year, the OMHS received a complaint from a resident regarding a dog left outside without adequate shelter.
When staff arrived, they found not one but two mixed breed dogs tied with heavy metal chains to dilapidated dog houses, OMHS spokesperson Brenda Dushko said in a media release.
The OMHS said an order by animal protective services officers wasn't complied with and the dogs were removed from the home. After veterinary assessment, both dogs eventually had to be euthanized.
"We may not have been able to find them a forever home, but we were able to give them both a dignified, compassionate and humane end to what had been a horrible life of neglect," Amanda Barrett, OSPCA agent and OMHS manager of animal protective services, said in the release.