St. Catharines Veterinarian DR. MAHAVIR REKHI Charged 16X Animal Cruelty JUNE 1, 2017


ST. CATHARINES, Ontario, June 01, 2017  — Ontario SPCA Inspectors with the Lincoln County Humane Society have charged a St. Catharines veterinarian with 16 counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada relating to alleged animal abuse that allegedly occurred in 2013.

A criminal investigation was launched on September 14, 2016 by the Lincoln County Humane Society after allegations of animal cruelty against Dr. Mahavir Rekhi were reported to the Society.

Rekhi has been charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada:

• 8 indictable counts of causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal
• 8 indictable counts of failing to provide suitable and adequate care for an animal

“A great deal of information was brought forth during this investigation,” says Regional Inspector Carol VanderHeide, Ontario SPCA. “The investigations team thoroughly examined all relevant evidence, which allowed us to proceed with 16 charges against the accused.”

Rekhi is scheduled to appear in a St. Catharines court room on July 14, 2017.

Lincoln County Humane Society

The Lincoln County Humane Society is a charitable not-for-profit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of all animals; to alleviate their suffering and neglect, support the human-animal bond and foster an environment in which people respect all living creatures. We will provide safe refuge and compassionate care for animals.

The Lincoln County Humane Society pursues workable solutions to the most urgent animal welfare issues of the community, which are animal overpopulation and homelessness. These solutions will emphasize the mutual benefits of bringing pets and people together. The Society will provide rescue and control as a lifeline to animals in need, as a necessary service to the community.

The Lincoln County Humane Society  will encourage and provide for pet adoption, animal assisted therapy, pet care education, spay and neuter program and investigations of cruelty and neglect.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Lincoln County Humane Society shall operate these programs with integrity, in a financially responsible manner that secures a financially viable future for this organization with a strong commitment to fundraising and membership development.

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