On February 5, 2015, Rejean Constantineau, of Curran, Ontario, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.
On October 24th, 2014, the Ontario SPCA received a call concerning a Golden Retriever-type dog that was reportedly left outside all the time. It appeared to have injured rear legs, was dragging itself around and was unable to walk properly. The concerned citizen also stated that the dog had not received any veterinary care.
An Ontario SPCA Officer arrived at the residence and noted a dog lying in dirt behind a dog house. The dog house was rotting, there were holes in the roof and sides and lacked insulation. The Officer attempted to get the dog to stand by calling it with no success. The dog’s coat was severely matted. It was wearing a choker and a collar and had two padlocks attached to a heavy chain.
The owner of the dog was not home and was unreachable by telephone.
It was determined that the dog was in immediate distress and was removed by the Ontario SPCA Officer and immediately brought to a veterinary clinic. It was examined by a veterinarian who determined that euthanizing the dog would be the most humane course of action given its injuries.
Mr. Constantineau later stated that the dog may have been hit by a car and that he had made no attempt to get the dog the veterinary attention it required.
“If pet owners are unable, or unwilling, to care for their animal, leaving that animal to suffer is not an option,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector. “Contact your local Ontario SPCA Community to discuss available services.”
Mr. Constantineau was sentenced and received a life time ban from owning, caring for, or living with any animal. He was also ordered to pay $1,575.99 in restitution to the Ontario SPCA and received a fine of $1,000.
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