A 24-year-old Trenton man has been sentenced to a three-year ban on owning animals after being convicted of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation into the mistreatment of a dog in his care.

On October 16, 2017, Lonny R H J Cooney, 24, pled guilty in a Belleville Provincial Offences Court of permitting distress to an animal. The Justice of the Peace sentenced Cooney to a three-year prohibition on owning animals. During that time he is subject to unannounced inspections twice per year by an Ontario SPCA officer.

The Ontario SPCA received a concern on March 17, 2017 about an animal in distress at a residence in Trenton. An officer attended the property and discovered an approximately five-year-old German Shepherd-type dog in need of immediate veterinary attention. The dog had a raw sore on its back and was missing most of the hair on its body, causing excessive itching. A veterinary examination revealed the dog was suffering from a skin disorder and chronic ear infections.

The dog was surrendered and is now recovering in the care of the Quinte Humane Society.

“This was a very treatable condition that had been left to the point of causing severe distress,” says Bonnie Bishop, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “There is no excuse when it comes to failing to care for your animals. If you find yourself in that position, contact your local animal centre or humane society to discuss your options.”

To report animal cruelty, call the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide dispatch centre at 310-SPCA (7722).