Tuesday, November 16, 2010

OHS satisfied with guilty plea in animal cruelty case involving death of two cats

Charles Hogg, 67, pled guilty to one charge of cruelty after OHS inspectors charged him in July with failing to provide adequate food and water to two cats in his care, and for permitting distress to animals. Mr. Hogg was fined $750, received two years probation, was ordered to pay $50.00 restitution to the Ottawa Humane Society, and may only keep three remaining cats on the conditions that they are health checked by a veterinarian and that the OHS be allowed to randomly check on the cats and their living conditions.

An OHS emergency agent was called in July to a residence belonging to Mr. Hogg and discovered the bodies of the two cats. The stench of urine, feces and decomposing flesh was pervasive. Unopened cans of cat food were found in the residence, which did not have electricity. The only water source was a stagnant toilet. Mr. Hogg had allegedly not been living at the residence for more than a month.

"It's gratifying to see the court issue a fair sentence. It sends a clear message that pet owners are responsible for their animal's welfare at all times, including when they're away for any length of time," said OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith.

Although legally mandated to enforce the animal cruelty provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada and the Ontario SPCA Act, the OHS does not receive any government funding or funding from any animal welfare group to perform this essential work.

A word about the Ottawa Humane Society
The Ottawa Humane Society is a registered charity founded in 1888. The Society works in and with the community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions, and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray, or homeless.

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