The Ontario SPCA has charged and arrested, with the assistance of Toronto Police Services 55 Division, a 37-year-old Toronto woman after a video surfaced of her beating and mistreating her Chinese Crested-type dog.
On August 5, 2017, the Ontario SPCA received a video from TTC Police Services of a woman mistreating her dog while on the Toronto subway.
An investigation into the situation was started. The Ontario SPCA was able to obtain a warrant and removed the dog from the owner’s possession. The dog is now in the care of the Ontario SPCA.
“We are grateful for the public coming forward with this evidence that allowed us to conduct this investigation,” says Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “The public must remember that video evidence is only one part of an investigation. A full investigation into the matter is what allowed us the opportunity under the law to remove the dog and lay these charges. ”
The woman has been charged with one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal under the Criminal Code of Canada and one count of causing distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act. She is set to appear on October 11, 2017 in an Ontario Court of Justice at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East in Scarborough.
To report animal cruelty, call the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide dispatch centre at 310-SPCA (7722).