Dog breeder faces charges after hundreds removed from home
A Norfolk County man has been slapped with numerous restrictions on animal ownership after 149 dogs were found in unacceptable conditions in his care.
Back in October, 149 dogs — mostly Italian Greyhounds — were removed from a Waterford property because of the conditions they were found in, according to an Ontario SPCA news release.
The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA (HBSPCA) has laid charges against the kennel's owner, Johnnyangel Voyager, and two other people.
Voyager chose to appeal the dogs being removed to the Animal Care Review Board, but his appeal was dismissed. He then appealed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, which resulted in a number of conditions being placed upon him in order that he can own animals in the future.
The court-ordered conditions are:
- Voyager must obtain a municipal kennel permit
- He must comply with code of practice and standards of care under the Ontario SPCA Act
- He must comply with municipal by-laws
- The Ontario SPCA has permission to make unannounced inspection of all his buildings where dogs are housed including his home once a month
- He must provide a veterinary exam every six months for all dogs in his custody and care, as well as follow any treatment recommendation of the examining veterinarian. A copy of the veterinary report must be provided to the Ontario SPCA.
- No more than 20 dogs are allowed in his custody and care at any given time
- Voyager must provide the Ontario SPCA with a list of dogs in his care at the time of inspection
- Voyager must pay the Ontario SPCA $77,949.28 in monthly installments of no less than $250
- If Voyager is found in default, all dogs in his custody and care have to be surrendered to the Ontario SPCA and the amount due must be paid immediately
- Finally, all other dogs must be surrendered immediately to the Ontario SPCA
These conditions will remain for a period of 10 years. During this time, Voyager must inform the Ontario SPCA of any change of address.
The owners were charged with five counts under the Ontario SPCA Act, including:
- Causing an animal to be in distress
- Permitting an animal to be in distress
- Failure to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention
- Failure to provide the care necessary for general welfare
- Failure to provide adequate and appropriate sanitary conditions
They were also charged with five counts under the Criminal Code of Canada, including:
- Causing unnecessary pain or suffering
- Failure to provide suitable and adequate food
- Failure to provide suitable and adequate water
- Failure to provide suitable and adequate medical attention
- Failure to provide suitable and adequate care
On a press release from his website, www.angeliggies.com, Voyager said he had gotten his dogs back, and that the others were being boarded.
"I got every single one of my breeding dogs back" he said. "I could not be happier."
His next scheduled court appearance is Monday at the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe.