Dog starves to death, Kitchener man guilty of animal cruelty

A Kitchener man has been found guilty of animal cruelty after the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society found a deceased dog at his home.

A Kitchener man has been found guilty after the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society found a deceased dog at his home. 

The humane society said the dog's body was found on April 21, 2014 at the home of Brandon Wilson. Investigators say the body appeared emaciated and was sent to the University of Guelph for a necropsy, at which time it was determined that the dog had starved to death. 

Wilson was found guilty under the Ontario SPCA act of three counts of animal cruelty. 

James LaFlamme, the operations manager at the humane society, said the amount of time it took for the case to go through the courts and for charges to be laid was unusually long. 

"The whole entire process between the discovery, completion of the vet examination, completion of the officer's investigation, issuing of the charge and then the lag between the issuing of the charge and the court appearance, just ended up rolling into where we are today," LaFlamme said. "Usually it's not this long. We were actually waiting to hear back from the court." 

Wilson has been ordered to pay $600 in fines and was given a two year probation, which includes the conditions below:

  • The man must pay $523 to the University of Guelph Laboratory Services.
  • He is not allowed to live in a place where animals are kept. 
  • He is not allowed to own, care for or have interest in or control over any animal. 
  • He must allow officers of the SPCA to enter and inspect his home to ensure the terms of the probation are being complied with. 

LaFlamme said that if any of these conditions are broken, the Wilson could face additional fines.