BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 11, 2013) - On September 11th 2013, Daniel Milne of Brantford, Ontario, pleaded guilty to causing distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act.

On October 16, 2010, an Ontario SPCA Agent received a call from a veterinarian regarding a schnauzer-type dog they had in their care since the previous day. The dog's fur was matted so severely that it was causing the dog intense pain.

After repeated attempts to contact the owner, the decision was made to euthanize the dog in order to relieve its suffering.

Following the procedure, the dog's matting was removed by the veterinarian to reveal severe infection and flesh decay.

On October 17, 2010, the Ontario SPCA Agent made contact with Mr. Milne at his home. Mr. Milne presented nine more schnauzer-type dogs with varying degrees of matting. Upon closer examination, varying degrees of dental decay on six of the nine dogs were also found.

Ontario SPCA orders were issued to Mr. Milne to address the dogs' matting and to have the six dogs with dental decay examined by a veterinarian. Orders were also issued regarding a horse on Mr. Milne's property whose hooves were severely outgrown.

All orders were found to be complied with following several return checks. The veterinarian removed a total of 107 teeth from the six identified dogs.

Several years of court proceedings and appearances later Mr. Milne pleaded guilty to causing distress to an animal on September 11, 2013.

Mr. Milne received a lifetime prohibition from owning animals with the exception of the one dog which he currently owns. He must advise the Ontario SPCA of a change of address seven days prior to moving. Ontario SPCA Agents are allowed to enter his residence to inspect his animals to ensure compliance with the Ontario SPCA Act. He also received a $1760 fine.

"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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