Lifetime pet ban for Cornwall man after puppy abandoned

Ontario SPCA. File photo.

CORNWALL – A Cornwall man has been banned for life from owning or caring for animals after abandoning a puppy in an apartment after he moved.

Brandon Wilson pleaded guilty on Jan. 15 to charges of causing distress to an animal, failing to provide adequate food and water and failing to provide proper care for the welfare of an animal.

Court heard an SPCA officer, with the assistance of a maintenance worker, found the six-month-old dog “hiding” in a clothes dryer on Aug. 7, 2014 – six days after Wilson and two roommates were evicted from the apartment.

The dog was very fearful, thin, had several bald spots caused from rubbing and had very dirty ears, according to the SPCA.

The pooch also had no access to food or water and was very frightened, say investigators.

The SPCA officer later located Wilson living with his girlfriend – and a new dog.

The SPCA says Wilson admitted to owning the abandoned dog.

In addition to the lifetime ban, Wilson also had to surrender the new dog, pay $210 in restitution to the Ontario SPCA plus $500 in fines.

The abandoned dog “Marley” made a full recovery and is now in the home of a loving family.

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