PEMBROKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2012) - On December 10th, 2012, Ronald Samuel, 23, of Pembroke, Ontario, pled guilty to one count of causing distress to an animal, contrary to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Shortly after midnight on September 26th, 2012, Pembroke City Police Officers responded to a call at the intersection of Christy Street and Pembroke Street West, in the City of Pembroke. Witnesses described a male suspect biting and punching a pit bull-type dog. The Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Branch investigators immediately reacted and launched an investigation. Samuel was apprehended under the Mental Health Act.
The female dog, known as 'Jazzy', was cared for by a neighborhood resident. She was observed to have sustained lacerations about the face, neck, and two nipples. She was also described as underweight, suffering from hair loss, and with very long toe nails. The dog was later examined by a local veterinarian who further indicated that the dog had recently given birth.
Further investigation into the incident revealed that the defendant was also in possession of four puppies. Under the Dog Owner's Liability Act, Pit Bulls born after August 2008 are considered illegal in Ontario. Compliance orders under the Ontario SPCA Act were issued for their care. The puppies were later surrendered by the defendant and are being transferred out of province by a local rescue group.
Samuel was sentenced to 15 years prohibition from owning any type of animal. He must attend counseling and is required to complete 40 hours of community service.
Following his guilty plea, Samuel read a short statement to the Pembroke court. "I am very sorry... It's horrible, what I did to her. Whatever the consequences, it would never make up for what I did."
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