BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 15, 2013) - On September 17th 2013, Robert Taylor of Brantford, Ontario, pleaded guilty to one count of causing distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act.

On August 15, 2012, The Brant County SPCA responded to a complaint at a residence regarding a concern for the welfare of two dogs.

The dogs appeared to be suffering severe hair loss, red and raw skin, severe flea infestation and overgrown nails.

Ontario SPCA Agents issued orders under the Ontario SPCA Act to have the dogs examined after Mr. Taylor was unable to provide proof that the dogs had been examined by a veterinarian.

After failure to comply, charges were laid against Mr. Taylor including two counts of causing distress to an animal and two counts of failing to provide medical attention.

On September 17, 2013, Mr. Taylor pleaded guilty to one count of causing distress to an animal.

Mr. Taylor was sentenced to a two year prohibition from owning any animals with the exception of the dog he currently owns.

Taylor 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. Mr. Taylor also received a $500 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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Brant County SPCA Charitable Registration # is 89836 9319 RR0001

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