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Charges are pending against a 67-year-old man following the execution of a warrant at a rural property in Thunder Bay.

On September 28, 2017, an Ontario SPCA officer with the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society executed a warrant at a rural property. In attendance with the officer was a veterinarian.  The Thunder Bay Police Service was also present to assist and keep the peace.

The investigation led to the discovery of a large number of animals of various species living in deplorable conditions. Specifically, two female dogs and 15 puppies from their respective litters, as well as a third adult dog suffering from untreated injuries, were found to be in immediate distress. As a result, these dogs were removed at the recommendation of the attending veterinarian in order to provide necessary care and medical attention. One puppy was found dead on site and two later died due to their compromised health. Unfortunately, the adult dog suffering from untreated wounds had to be humanely euthanized, at the recommendation of a veterinarian, due to the severity of her injuries.

The owner was served with Ontario SPCA Orders that directs them to alleviate the distress of the remaining animals on the property, as per the Ontario SPCA Act. 

The Ontario SCPA continues to investigate and charges are pending.

“Choosing to assume the care of animals comes with the legal and moral responsibility to ensure that the care provided to them is humane and appropriate. There is no excuse when failure to provide such care results in the neglect and suffering of animals,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you are unable to care for your animals, as outlined in the Ontario SPCA Act Standards of Care, then you need to contact your local animal centre or humane society to discuss your options and ensure the well being of your animals.”

If you see an animal in distress, call the province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722) immediately.