3 Charged in Cornwall After #OSPCA Investigation NOV 1, 2016

Three Cornwall residents charged with animal cruelty after two severely emaciated dogs discovered 

Cornwall, ON (November 1, 2016) – Three Cornwall residents have been charged under the Criminal Code  of Canada in connection with an investigation into the neglect of two severely emaciated dogs.

The Ontario SPCA received a call on October 17, 2016 about a severely emaciated dog at a residence in Cornwall. An Ontario SPCA officer attended the residence, but was unable to establish contact with the owner.The following day, the Ontario SPCA officer located one of the accused who stated she had given the dog away. She refused to provide the name or address of the person who had the dog.

After receiving an anonymous tip, the Ontario SPCA was able to locate the dog in question, as well as a second emaciated dog, at a Cornwall residence. Both dogs originated from the residence identified in the initial concern received by Ontario SPCA. The man where the dogs were discovered said they had been brought to him that morning. One of the dogs was emaciated with very little muscle, her ribs, hips and shoulders prominent. The second dog was lying on a blanket on the floor and was so emaciated he was unable to stand.

The man surrendered both dogs to the Ontario SPCA and they were immediately taken to a veterinary clinic for examination. Both dogs were severely malnourished, dehydrated and infested with fleas. The dogs received immediate medical attention and their health continues to be monitored.

 “There is no excuse when it comes to failing to care for your animals,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you are having difficulty providing care for your animals, contact the Ontario SPCA to discuss your options.”

All three individuals  were charged with two counts of causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal and two counts of failing to provide adequate food, water, shelter and care. They are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice at 29 Second St. in Cornwall on Thursday, November 3.


  1. If anyone wants to know their names, just go to the courthouse on the appearance day and the names and charges are posted outside of the courtroom doors. I’m absolutely fed right up with people in this city abusing dogs.

  2. I sure agree with you Jerry and it has been some years reading about the abuse and killing of dogs in Cornhole that has sickened me more than what people know. I love animals greatly and this is so true. There should be something that only certain people can own animals – they need protection and the proper homes.

  3. Just so some think that this only happens in Cornwall …

    OSPCA Investigations Statistics in 2015
    17,357 Complaints Investigated
    4,241 Orders Issued
    334 Provincial Charges Laid
    21 Criminal Charges Laid
    1,974 Animals Removed as a Result of an Investigation

  4. Hugger I do remember a case here in Ottawa in an upper middle class neighborhood where a man abused his dog badly and the dog was taken away from him. Manor Park is the name of the area and I worked with a girl back in the 70s era who lived there with her parents. Her father was an engineer from MIT and her brother is a medical doctor here in Ottawa.

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