A Sudbury area man has been given a $2,000 fine and a five-year ban on owning a dog after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges.
On Monday morning, the case of Buddy — a German Shepherd mixed-breed dog found shot in the face and neck and left to die on the side of a St. Charles area road — was put to rest in a Sudbury court room.
Simeon Smith didn’t appear in court for his sentencing, but earlier pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges in the shooting of the dog in March.
The dog later died of heart failure in an animal hospital.
Smith was charged with four counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA act, including one count each of causing the animal to be in distress, permitting the animal to be in distress, failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention and failing to humanely kill an animal.
Justice Pierre Leclerc issued the fine and the ban, along with a stipulation the SPCA may investigate his property during the five-year dog ownership ban.