Source: Ontario SPCA

Cornwall Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Animal Cruelty Under Ontario SPCA Act

CORNWALL, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 22, 2014) - On October 15, 2014, Brian Wilson, of Cornwall, Ontario, pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.

On April 25, 2014, the Ontario SPCA received a call concerning a cat that was at a local animal hospital in poor condition. An Ontario SPCA Officer arrived at the hospital and spoke to owner of the cat who explained she had visitors at her house a few days earlier when she heard the cat screech. She said she ran to the basement and found the cat hiding under the table.

The woman then informed the Ontario SPCA Officer that she questioned her visitor Brian Wilson who was alone in the basement with the cat. Mr. Wilson stated that nothing happened.

In the time since the incident, the cat had been losing weight, biting when picked up, experiencing pain and was wobbly in the hind end.

The cat was examined by a veterinarian and was found to have a fractured pelvis, irregular pupils and head trauma.

The Ontario SPCA Officer interviewed Mr. Wilson who stated he deliberately dropped his 10 pound knapsack on the cat while it was sleeping because he was upset with its owner.

The cat was taken for several follow-up visits with the veterinarian. It was euthanized due to the extent of its injuries.

Mr. Wilson was sentenced and received a life-time prohibition from living with, owning or caring for any animals.

"Acts of animal cruelty are taken very seriously by the Ontario SPCA," says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector. "It is not acceptable to treat any animal in this manner."

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 310-SPCA or email your concern to

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