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 charge 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.