Two Cornwallites fined over neglected dog; Shih Tzu being adopted

In this Tuesday April 25, 2017 photo provided by the SPCA, this Shih Tzu had its leg amputated after her hair was so matted it developed an infection, according to investigators. Two Cornwallites have been fined a total of $1,220 and banned from owning or caring for animals for 10 years. The dog is in the process of being adopted by a new family. (OSPCA via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – Two Cornwallites have been fined a total of $1,220 in a case of animal cruelty where a dog had to have its leg amputated.

Ken Kuno, 57, and Christine McLeod, 49, appeared in Provincial Offences Act court on Tuesday (May 23).

Kuno and McLeod had each been facing charges of permitting distress to an animal and failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention.

They were each found guilty and given a $305 fine for each charge.

Both were given two years to pay the fine and are prohibited from owning animals for 10 years.

Kuno and McLeod will also be on probation for two years.

In April, Ontario humane society officers found a 7-year-old Shih Tzu with badly matted hair after following up on a complaint. The hair was so entangled and infected, a veterinarian had to amputate the dog’s hind leg.

Melissa Kosowan, senior manager with the Ontario SPCA, told Cornwall Newswatch the Shih Tzu is going through the adoption process to be placed with a family.