Animal cruetly charges laid after 73 dogs seized near Lucknow


By Barb McKay


A Perth County man has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act, after 73 dogs were seized from a property just south of Lucknow in March.


The charges stem from an investigation that was launched following numerous complaints from residents in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Township of animal cruelty. SPCA investigators raided 16 properties in one morning and took 73 dogs from one property. The dogs were described as small to medium-sized breeds,

including Shar-Peis, Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Beagles and Basset Hounds. At the time, Alison Cross, a spokesperson for the SPCA, said the animals were suffering from a number of medical problems involving teeth, ears, eyes and skin. The animals have since received veterinary attention and have been adopted out.


The owner of the dogs has been charged with one count of failing to comply with an order; one count of permitting distress; one count of failing to provide animals with necessary care; one count of failing to provide animals with appropriate medical attention; and one count of failing to provide animals with adequate protection from elements.


Following the SPCA raids in March, Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh animal control officer Bob Trick told The Independent that the township has a good animal control bylaw for breeding and boarding kennels that specifies how the kennels should be constructed and that proper drainage is required.


Trick said breeders must apply for a license and must meet the specifications of the bylaw before a license is granted. However, he acknowledged that not every “breeder” may apply for a license.


“Maybe we don’t have them all licensed,” he said. “But if they are, they have to comply or the license is revoked. But there are always people who evade the system.”


Trick said he inspects kennels within the township on an annual basis. He said, historically, he has had no problems dealing with licensed breeders.