Cornwall man gets 10 year animal ban for animal cruelty

Ontario SPCA. File photo.

CORNWALL – A Cornwall man will not be able to have or take care of animals for the next decade after being found guilty on nine counts of animal cruelty.

Brad Stephenson, 24, was found guilty last week in a Cornwall Provincial Offences Act court on one count each of causing distress to an animals and permitting an animal to be in distress, as well as seven counts of failing to comply with prescribed standards of care.

Humane society officers had found two dogs locked in a garden shed that was 8 feet long and 8 feet wide, on a Cornwall property in October 2016.

The shed also had no windows or proper ventilation, investigators said.

The dogs – a pug and a boxer-mix – didn’t have food or water and the shed was littered with debris, feces and urine, the SPCA said.

In addition to the 10 year ban, Stephenson had to pay a $900 fine.

As for the dogs, they have since been adopted into new homes.