BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 10, 2013) - On August 28th 2013, William Abbott of Brantford, Ontario, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with standards of care necessary for an animal's general welfare under the Ontario SPCA Act.

On April 11, 2013, the Brant County SPCA received a call from the owner of a pet grooming business regarding the condition of a client's dog.

Ontario SPCA Agents responded to the call and were shown a Shi-Poo-type dog that was heavily matted.

The owner of the dog, Mr. Abbott, acknowledged that the dog had been matted for at least six months.

On August 28, 2013, Mr. Abbott pled guilty to failing to comply with standards of care necessary for an animal's general welfare.

Mr. Abbott was sentenced to 15 days house arrest. During the 15 days, Mr. Abbott may leave his residence for three hours weekly for necessities of life and to meet with his probation officer. Mr. Abbott also received 12 months probation. Ontario SPCA Agents are allowed to enter his residence to inspect his animals to ensure compliance with the Ontario SPCA Act.

"If providing for an animal in your care becomes difficult, it's important to take the appropriate steps to ensure that the animal's health isn't compromised," said Darren Grandel, Senior Inspector. "Contact your local Ontario SPCA or veterinarian to see what options are available."

The Ontario SPCA reminds pet 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 to discuss our available services. To report cruelty please call 1-888-668-7722 or email your concern to

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The Brant County SPCA is affiliated with The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA): Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is a registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities relying primarily on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; advocacy; and humane education. The Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society investigators with police powers to do so - making the Ontario SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province.

The Ontario SPCA is affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Brant County SPCA Charitable Registration # is 89836 9319 RR0001

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