Man receives lifetime pet ownership ban for animal cruelty

Ontario SPCA. File photo.

PRESCOTT-RUSSELL, Ont. – A man from Curran, Ont. has received a lifetime ban from owning animals after pleading guilty to a single count of animal cruelty.

Rejean Constantineau pleaded guilty in a court Feb. 5.

Court heard SPCA officers found a Golden Retriever-type dog in distress behind Constantineau’s home on Oct. 24, 2014. The dog was dragging its hind legs and was not able to walk properly.

An officer also noted the dog was chained near a rotting dog house with holes in the roof and the retriever was wearing a choker and collar with two padlocks and a heavy chain.

When investigators managed to find Constantineau, he told them the dog may have been hit by a car but had not attempted to get any veterinary help.

The dog was later put down due to its injuries.

In addition to the lifetime ban, Constantineau was ordered to pay $1,575.99 in restitution to the Ontario SPCA and received a fine of $1,000.

Curran is about 70 kilometers northeast of Cornwall.

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