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Wednesday, Apr 7, 2004
Defendant/Suspect: Randy Bolton
A Gananoque man has been put on probation for two years and ordered to make a $500 donation for starving his dog. Randy Bolton, 37, pleaded guilty on Aug 22 to a charge of failing to provide adequate food to the animal.
Court heard officers with Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals went to Bolton's residence April 7, 2004 to investigate a complaint.
No one answered the door but officers could see a dog in the backyard that was in a very emaciated condition.
Hip, back and rib bones were clearly visible and there was an obvious loss of muscle mass.
The dog was taken to a veterinary clinic where an examination found malnutrition was the primary cause of its poor condition.
As part of his probation, Bolton can't have any animals in his care for the next two years and his dog must be turned over to the SPCA.
Assistant Crown attorney Alan Findlay said the society has found "a good home" for the dog and it won't have to be put down.