Thunder Bay woman charged with 7 counts of animal cruelty

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A Thunder Bay woman has been charged with seven counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act as a result of an investigation into the inappropriate care and housing of over 40 cats found living in a small apartment unit.

On June 28, 2017, Ontario SPCA officers with the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society executed a warrant to assess the condition of a large number of cats reported to be living in unsanitary conditions inside an apartment. Ontario SPCA Act Orders were issued to the owner of the cats to have the animals examined by a veterinarian, as well as to clean and sanitize the dwelling of accumulated debris, feces and urine.

Ontario SPCA officers returned with a warrant on July 5, 2017 and removed 41 cats and kittens from the unit after the owner failed to comply with Ontario SPCA Orders. The animals were transported to the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society for veterinary care and were found to be in various stages of health.

The owner of the cats has been charged with seven counts of animal cruelty:

Permitting distress
Causing distress
Non-Compliance of an Order
Failing to provide adequate and appropriate ventilation
Failing to provide adequate medical attention
Failing to provide necessary care for the general welfare
Failing to provide adequate sanitary conditions

The accused is due to appear in a Thunder Bay Provincial Offences Court on Aug. 25, 2017.

“There is no excuse when it comes to failing to care for your animals,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you find yourself in a position where you are unable to care for your animals, contact your local animal centre or humane society to discuss your options.”