April 12, 2018 4:54 pm

Woodstock woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

A 49-year-old Woodstock woman has been found guilty of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation into the neglect of a dog in her care.

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A Woodstock woman isn’t allowed to own, care for or live with new animals for five years after pleading guilty in an animal abuse case earlier this month.

The 49-year-old woman pleaded guilty April 5 in a Woodstock court to failing to provide medical attention, permitting distress and failing to comply with an order, said the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).

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The charges came after an OSPCA officer attended a Woodstock residence in March and located a lethargic 10-year-old West Highland Terrier Mix.

They say the dog had extreme hair loss and scaly skin over its entire body, and was biting at his hind end.

The dog was examined by a veterinarian. When the owner failed to bring the dog to the vet for a re-check, a search warrant was executed and the dog was removed.

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The woman’s ban excludes three dogs and two cats currently in her care, officials said.

She is also subject to semi-annual agency inspections and was ordered to pay $575 in restitution to the OSPCA.

Veterinary examinations revealed the dog was suffering from environmental allergies and an ear infection. He was treated and later re-homed.

— With files from Liny Lamberink and Jaclyn Carbone

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