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Monday, Oct 6, 2003
Defendant/Suspect: Bradley Wayne Fetterley
On September 9, 2004 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge, 33 year-old Bradley Wayne Fetterley of Huntsville, pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. Charges were laid by the Ontario SPCA following an investigation in October 2003.
An Inspector from the Ontario SPCA's Muskoka branch attended Fetterley's Williamsport Road property on October 6, 2003 in response to a complaint from a member of the public concerning the welfare of a large number of Siberian Husky-type and mixed breed dogs tied outside. The dogs were used for dog-sledding purposes.
Several dogs were discovered to be in poor body condition and were scratching at themselves incessantly. The Inspector discovered one dog with a swollen face, open sores on his muzzle and a green discharge from his right eye. The dog was unsteady on its feet and had difficulty standing. He was in such poor body condition that his ribs, shoulders, spine and hipbones were clearly visible through his matted coat.
The dog was believed to be in immediate distress and was removed from the premises to receive emergency medical care. The veterinary examination revealed that the dog was extremely emaciated and infested with thousands of lice, and the sores on his body were self-induced as a result of constant scratching to relieve the intense itchiness caused by the biting lice. Sadly, the dog's condition was so severely debilitated he was euthanized to relieve his pain and suffering.
As a result of his conviction, Fetterley was fined $1,000, ordered to pay restitution to the Ontario SPCA for the cost of removal of the dog and its medical treatment, and placed on probation for a period of two years. During the probationary period, Fetterley must also have a veterinarian attend his property at six-week intervals to conduct kennel inspections and to provide a written veterinary report to the Ontario SPCA following each inspection.