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Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011
Defendant/Suspect: Name Undisclosed
A 55-year-old Callander man pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges in connection with a nine-month-old puppy on March 23.
North Bay and District Humane Society General Manager Daryl Vaillancourt says the puppy suffered from severe pulmonary edema, a condition consistent with being dragged or choked. Pulmonary edema is a built up of fluid on the lungs and makes the animal feel like they are drowning.
Vaillancourt says he cannot say specifically what happened to the lab-mix stating that there is a lot of conjecture.
"What we do know as a fact, because of the veterinarian report is that there was pulmonary edema. There is many ways that could happen," he said. "Our position is that it is consistent with being dragged."
According to a press release sent by the North Bay and District Humane Society, they responded to a concern for the puppy's wellbeing on Nov. 8, 2011. An investigation was conducted and charges laid by the Ontario SPCA on Jan. 6, 2012.
"Thankfully most calls about cruelty concerns, there is nothing to be worried about. We go, we take a look and everything is fine," said Vaillancourt. "We received a call from a person who had concerns. I dispatched somebody to go take a look and in this instance it was enough to precipitate an investigation."
Vaillancourt says they receive complaints virtually every day for cruelty concerns, stating that less than six a year lead to charges.
The accused was charged with willfully causing an animal to be in distress and a second charge of failing to comply with prescribed standards of care and failing to provide care necessary for its general welfare, both under the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
The man entered a plea of guilty on both counts and was sentenced to a five year ban from owning, caring for or possessing any animals. Inspection rights were given to ensure that he is complying with the ban.
"The accused was also made responsible for paying restitution to the North Bay and District Human Society, making a $2,000 donation to a registered non-profit animal rescue group, a $50 fine and will be on probation for the next year," states the release.
"The puppy has had a full recovery," said Vaillancourt. "We're confident that the animal is in a good place."
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