The SPCA's mission is to prevent cruelty to animals, help animals in need, and prosecute offenders.

A second person is now facing animal cruelty charges after an SPCA investigation into the death of a dog found frozen during December's cold snap. 

The SPCA began its investigation after receiving a report on Dec. 23 about a dog that froze to death on Simmonds Road in North Preston.

On Wednesday, the SPCA laid charges against the owner of the Simmonds Road residence where the dog was found. The dog's owner then came forward.

The SPCA announced Friday the dead dog's owner will also face animal cruelty charges. He will be charged for failure to provide an adequate source of food and water, failure to provide reasonable protection from injurious heat or cold, and causing an animal to be in distress.

If convicted, the accused could face a lifetime ban on owning or having custody of animals, a maximum fine of $10,000 or six months in jail.