A 32-year-old North Bay man has been found guilty of four counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act and has been banned from owning animals for 10 years as a result of an investigation into the treatment of a dog in his care.

On May 3, 2017, Brian Fields, 32, was found guilty of four counts of animal cruelty in a North Bay Provincial Offences Court. He was convicted of

  • Permitting distress to an animal
  • Failure to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention
  • Failure to comply with an Ontario S.P.C.A. Order
  • Obstruction

Fields was sentenced to a 10-year prohibition on owning animals and is required to pay $4,105 in restitution costs to the North Bay and District Humane Society. He is also subject to inspections by an Ontario SPCA officer for two years and received two years of probation.

On August 2, 2016, an Ontario SPCA agent employed by the North Bay and District Humane Society attended a residence in North Bay after receiving a concern about the welfare of a dog. The officer observed a Great Dane type dog with a large mass on his forehead, causing the dog’s right eye to protrude. Orders were issued under the Ontario SPCA Act to have the dog examined by a veterinarian.

The dog was subsequently removed after the man failed to comply with the Order and attempted to hide the animal at a secondary location. The dog was immediately taken to a veterinarian. An examination revealed the mass on the dog’s head was a large cyst that had damaged his eye. The dog’s eye was removed at the recommendation of the veterinarian. He was also found to be suffering from a sinus infection, which was treated. He has since been re-homed.

“There will be consequences under the law if you fail to provide for your animals,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you find yourself in a position where you can no longer care for your animals, contact your local SPCA or humane society to discuss your options.”

To report animal cruelty, call 310-SPCA (7722) to reach the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide cruelty hotline.