CORNWALL, Ontario (December 16, 2014) – On November 26, 2014, Kurtis Clarke of Cornwall, Ontario, was found guilty of six counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.
The charges included:
- Two counts of causing distress to an animal
- Two counts of permitting distress to an animal
- Two counts of failing to provide veterinary medical attention
On July 25, 2014, Mr. Clarke called the Ontario SPCA stating that his dog was vomiting, had diarrhea and was lethargic. Ontario SPCA Officers made arrangements to have the dog immediately transported to the Ontario SPCA Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Branch. The dog was deceased upon arrival.
An Ontario SPCA Officer later attended Mr. Clarke’s residence to speak to him about the deceased dog. Mr. Clarke did not answer but a foul smell of dirt and blood, typically associated with canine parvovirus, was observed. There was also blood smeared on the door. Officers also heard another dog barking inside the residence.
On July 28, 2014, Ontario SPCA Officers received a voicemail from Mr. Clarke stating that his second dog was now vomiting and had bloody diarrhea. He stated that he had no money to treat the dog and wanted to surrender it to the Ontario SPCA.
Upon arrival to collect the dog, it was deceased. Mr. Clarke informed Ontario SPCA Officers that neither of the dogs had been vaccinated, and admitted he had not sought medical treatment for either of them.
Mr. Clarke was sentenced to a 15-year prohibition from living with, caring for or owning any animals. He also received two years probation in which he must report a change of address to the Ontario SPCA and must allow Ontario SPCA Officers access to his property to ensure compliance. Mr. Clarke was also fined $1,200.
“The Ontario SPCA reminds pet owners that if you have concerns for the welfare of your animal, there are alternatives other than allowing an animal to go without adequate care,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector.
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