Former Huntsville kennel owner pleads guilty to animal cruelty


A 47-year-old Orangeville woman, formerly of Huntsville, has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.


In June 2016, the Ontario SPCA responded to concerns about dogs in a kennel in Huntsville. Ontario SPCA officers found 42 Alaskan Husky and Malamute-type sled dogs at the location. Officers discovered dogs with large, open wounds that had been left untreated, as well as numerous older, partially healed and infected wounds. A subsequent veterinary examination of three dogs surrendered into the care of the Ontario SPCA revealed broken and infected teeth, fever and a swollen, painful leg that caused one dog to limp badly.


Shani Ride, 47, pleaded guilty in Bracebridge Court on November 22, 2016 to permitting distress. A Justice of the Peace sentenced her to a five-year prohibition on owing or caring for any dogs, with the exception of one dog, which must be examined by a veterinarian every three months. She is also subject to unannounced inspections of her property by the Ontario SPCA.


“With resources available to help people who are unable to care for their animals, there really is no excuse when it comes to neglecting to care for your animals,” says Alison Green, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you fail to provide for them, there will be consequences under the law.” 


If you see an animal in distress, contact the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide 24-hour dispatch centre at 310-SPCA.


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