R v Lasenko

R v Cunningham and Whiffen, 2011 BCPC 0358

Cunningham worked on Whiffen’s farm and looked after the horses. Whiffen acquired a horse for his children to ride. When the horse became emaciated and was not able to eat properly, a decision to euthanize him was made after a consultation with a veterinarian. Whiffen hanged the horse by hanging him from an excavator.

Issac and Berry, 9 August 2004

R v Ruvinsky, 1998 CarswellOnt 3485

Ruvinsky, a manager of after hours clubs in Toronto, allegedly allowed his dogs to lick and sniff cocaine. A former sex worker, “Crazy Jennie” Rowden notified the police that Ruvinsky had sexual intercourse with his Doberman. The Toronto Humane Society, in conjunction with the police, seized the dogs without a warrant. “Crazie Jennie”‘s evidence did not hold up in court. The THS was determined to have acted in good faith, despite the lack of a warrant, and its actions were justified by the urgency and severity of the allegations.

R. v. Singh, 2001 CarswellOnt 457

This is an appeal by Kathy Singh against her conviction and sentence imposed on the 29th of March, 2000 relating to a charged under s. 446(1)(c) .The case started with a complaint relating to a sick cat at the Pet Sanctuary.  After following the removal procedures set out in the Act, the cat was delivered to a local veterinarian for treatment. The veterinarian treated the cat but was unable to restore the cat to health; the cat had to be euthanized. The costs of the treatment billed to the Ontario Humane Society was $860.12. The appellant raised numerous grounds of appeal against her conviction, including the unreasonableness of the verdict, reasonable apprehension of bias on the part of the trial judge and the failure to hold a voir dire respecting common law voluntariness of a statement made by the appellant to the inspector. there was no prejudice to the appellant’s fair trial interest that could be characterized as a miscarriage of justice by the admission of the appellant’s statement as to ownership of the Pet Sanctuary to the inspector without the required voir dire.

R. v. Perrault, 2007 NSPC 14

Mr. Perrault was charged after it was determined that he had cut the penis and testicles off a kitten acquired by him for his 10 year old daughter. The kitten’s distress continued through the weekend he was mutilated and while he was being treated in what was an unsuccessful effort to reverse the damage Mr. Perrault had inflicted.

R. v. Lupton, 2005 NSPC 11

A Great Dane was seize from a house where he was tied to a very short tether in front. He was emaciated, dull, lethargic, with no water or food available and extremely bony.

R. v. Elliott, 2009 NSPC 5

After an helicopter flew over his farm land, Mr. Elliott believed his cattle and land were poisoned. He let the cattle deteriorate, without water and food. Numerous cattle died on their own in pain and suffering and were left there to decompose at the vue of all the others. The evidence showed a lack of regular feeding and potable drinking water, a few feeding places, all in insufficient amounts for all to feed satisfactorily.

Ralph Hunter v. Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 2013 ONSC 6638 (CanLII)

Inspector Wilkinson gave evidence at this trial that he had concluded by October 15, 2012 that the animals on Mr. Hunter’s property were in “immediate distress” and that he would attend at the Hunter property pursuant to S, 12(6) of the OSPCA Act without a warrant. Defendant disagreed that there was evidence of “immediate distress” and this Court came to the same conclusion. In that way, all the pictures of the animals and property were obtained illegally.

R v. Small, [2005] O.J. No. 1430

Sentencing of the accused, Small, who pled guilty to the charge of cruelty to animals. She had locked the dog in a cage and withheld his food. Small had no criminal record.