ORILLIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 26, 2013) - On August 12, 2013, an Owen Sound area man was found guilty in an Orillia Court for Causing Distress to an Animal under the Ontario SPCA Act. On April 29, 2013, a Ramara Township man pleaded guilty in Orillia court to permitting distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act.

The Ontario SPCA Investigations Department received confidential information that two stallions were restrained and castrated without the use of proper sedation or anaesthetics at an Orillia area farm. One of the horses sustained an injury to one of its legs during the castrations.

David Binns, of the Owen Sound area, was handed a $1,000.00 fine after being found guilty at his trial for causing distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act. Joe Hannan, of Ramara Township, was handed a $125.00 fine after pleading guilty to permitting distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act.

"Anyone who has information about neglect, abuse or cruelty of an animal is encouraged to contact us immediately," says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector. "Your information is confidential and your personal information is protected under privacy act."

The Ontario SPCA reminds pet or livestock owners that if you have concerns for the welfare of your animal there are other alternatives than allowing an animal to go without adequate care. Contact your local Ontario SPCA and we can discuss what services are available. To report cruelty please call 1-888-668-7722 or email your concern to cruelty@ospca.on.ca.

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:

Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.

Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to enforce animal welfare legislation and the Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.


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Provincial Media Contact
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office
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