BRANT COUNTY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 12, 2013) - TOWNSHIP OF PARIS - On 19 November 2013, James Howley of Brant County, Ontario, pled guilty to causing distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act after leaving a dog in a hot car in July of 2013.

On July 14, 2013, Brant County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended the Sobeys Market on Grand River Street North in The Township of Paris, Brant County, in response to a distressed dog in a hot vehicle.

Several minutes after the OPP arrived, Mr. Howley emerged from the grocery store and confirmed being the owner of the dog.

The OPP Officer received several statements from witnesses and provided them to the Brant County SPCA.

Mr. Howley pled guilty to causing distress to an animal and was ordered to pay a fine of $800.

"Animals should never be left unattended in vehicles, this irresponsible act can result in an animal losing it life," said Darren Grandel, Senior Inspector. "Please keep your pets safe by keeping them at home, not left in a vehicle unattended."

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.

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Brant County SPCA Charitable Registration # is 89836 9319 RR0001

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Brandon James, Inspector
Brant County SPCA