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Man facing several animal cruelty charges

Inspection of the property revealed several dead or injured chickens and goats

BRADFORD – A call for a dog-bite incident has led to charges against a 55-year-old Mississauga man, including failing to properly care for his animals.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 around 8:30 a.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers were called to an address on Canal Road after a woman reported that one of two dogs running loose had bitten her knee. Responding officers corralled the two, large German shepherds and forced them back onto their property nearby and waited for animal control to arrive. At this time, officers observed a third dog, a Rottweiler-type breed, chained to a tree on the property without water or access to its food. Officers left to purchase water for the dog and, when they returned, they discovered it had a head injury that required treatment. Further inspection of the property revealed several dead or injured chickens and goats without access to food or water.

Animal control captured the dogs that were loose and took them to a shelter, where one was placed in 10-day quarantine. The dog-bite victim was treated by paramedics on scene for a minor injury.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) was called to aid the other animals and take the Rottweiler to the veterinarian.

The owner later attended South Division, where he was charged with permitting an animal to be in distress and failure to comply with prescribed standards of care contrary to the OSPCA Act. He is due in court in November.