Multiple Charges Laid as a result of Animal Cruelty Investigation in London


On July 19, 2017, at approximately 3:00 pm, an officer from the London Humane Society attended a residence on Wharncliffe Road North in relation to an animal cruelty investigation.

Upon arrival, the officer discovered a cat had an injury to its head. The resident (accused in this matter) became upset with the London Humane Society and threatened to kill his cat as well as the officer. The cat was removed from the residence by the officer and police were contacted.

At approximately 4:00 pm, London Police officers arrived at the residence. While inside his apartment, the accused proceeded to fire an air soft pistol at the inside of his door multiple times. The Emergency Response Unit was called out to the scene to assist.

At approximately 6:00 pm, a resident in a neighbouring apartment building was sitting on his porch when the accused proceeded to fire the airsoft pistol in his direction multiple times.

At approximately 9:15 pm, police entered the accused’s apartment unit and arrested him without incident.

As a result of this investigation, 21-year-old William Holder of London has been charged with the following Criminal Code of Canada offences:

  • Utter threats of death or bodily harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a);
  • Utter threats to animals or birds, contrary to section 264.1(1)(c);
  • Killing or injuring other animals, contrary to section 445(1)(a);
  • Possession of a weapon, contrary to section 88(1);
  • Assault with a weapon, contrary to section 267(a);
  • Discharge Airgun with intent to wound, contrary to section 244.1(a)

The accused will appear in court today in relation to these matters.

The cat was taken by the Humane Society for treatment, and no other injuries were sustained.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to