One dumped puppy already adopted

Animal care attendants Stephanie Lapierre (left) and Michelle Campbell with (from left) Buddy, Matty and Lola. (Cornwall Newswatch)

CORNWALL – It only took minutes after the Cornwall SPCA shelter opened at noon today for one of three dumped puppies to be adopted.

As Cornwall Newswatch told you last week, a video camera caught someone dropping the three dogs over a two meter (seven foot) fence at the Boundary Road shelter around 10 p.m. on Oct. 21.

“We’ve had a lot of inquiries…that would be an understatement,” said animal care attendant Michelle Campbell.

“The calls have been coming in since they went up on Facebook,” said Campbell.

The one male border collie-cross, “Buddy,” has been adopted while the two females – another border collie-cross “Matty” and a terrier-mix “Lola” – are still looking for homes.

The shelter is open until 4 p.m. today and adoption is on a first-come basis.

The adoption fee is $340, which includes spaying or neutering, shots, de-worming and micro-chipping.

As for the investigation, OSPCA Inspector Scott Sylvia tells Cornwall Newswatch they’ve been able to track down the person responsible.

A Cornwall male appeared in court this afternoon on SPCA Act charges of permitting distress to an animal, causing distress to an animal, failing to provide adequate protection from the elements and failing to provide care for the general welfare of an animal.

The name of the accused has not been released until he’s formally arraigned. If convicted, he could face a maximum of two years in jail and up to $60,000 in fines as well as a lifetime pet ownership ban.

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