Charges dropped against one suspect in 2016 Cornwall animal cruelty case

The Cornwall courthouse at 29 Second Street West. (Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – The Crown has dropped charges against one of three suspects in a case of animal cruelty in October 2016.

Court records show the four charges – two counts of permitting pain and suffering to an animal and two counts of neglect – against Roy Langevin, 55, were withdrawn by the Crown after a court appearance Jan. 12, 2018.

Meantime, two other accused – 29-year-old Sara Bender and 52-year-old Darlene Bender – will next appear in court Feb. 8, 2018.

They are each facing four charges – two counts of permitting pain and suffering to an animal and two count of neglect.

Humane society inspectors found two emaciated dogs – both Boxer mixes – at a city home on Oct. 17, 2016 after receiving an anonymous tip.

The SPCA alleges the dogs had been shuffled from one home to another the day before during their investigation and that their work had been obstructed.

A man at the home where the dogs were found – presumably Langevin – had told investigators the dogs “had been brought to him that morning.”

The dogs were taken into veterinary care and have since recovered, though it’s not known where the animals are now.

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