Ottawa woman charged with animal cruelty for dumping dog in trash can
Ottawa, ONTARIO (January 11, 2017) – A 31-year-old Ottawa woman is due to appear in Provincial Offenses Court in Ottawa tomorrow to answer to animal cruelty charges under the Ontario SPCA Act as a result of an investigation into a dog discovered in a garbage can.
On September 6, 2016 the Ontario SPCA received a call that a passerby had found a dog, alive, in a garbage can. The dog had been put inside a large plastic bag, which was sealed and had been placed in a garbage can along a public pathway in a residential area. The dog was able to make holes in the bag in order to breathe.
The owner of the dog was charged with causing an animal to be in distress, failing to provide adequate medical attention and failing to provide care necessary for its general welfare.
The Papillion-type dog has since been adopted into a new home.
“With resources available to help people who are unable to care for their pets or who no longer want them, situations like this should never happen,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “There is no excuse for causing distress to an animal and there will be consequences under the law.”