CORNWALL – A Cornwall man is forbidden from owning animals for the next 15 years after two dogs died under his care, likely from parvovirus.
Kurtis Clarke was found guilty in a Cornwall court last month on six counts of animal cruelty, including failing to provide veterinary care.
SPCA inspectors were called to Clarke’s home in late July after one of his dogs was vomiting, had diarrhea and was lethargic.
By the time inspectors were able to get the dog to the SPCA branch on Boundary Road, it had died.
An inspector later went to Clarke’s home to talk with him and the officer could smell dirt and blood at the residence and saw blood on the door – typical sings of canine parvovirus.
The officers would also hear another dog barking inside the home.
Three days later, Clarke called the SPCA and left a voice mail to say his second dog was displaying the same symptoms as the first and he wanted to surrender the animal because he didn’t have the money to take care of it.
By the time inspectors got to his place to get the dog, it was also dead.
Clarke later told inspectors he didn’t get vaccinations for either dog and did not get help from a vet, according to the SPCA.
In addition to the 15 year ownership ban, Clarke will also be on probation for two years and has been fined $1,200.