Kingston man convicted of permitting distress to an animal

by | Media Releases |


Kingston man convicted of permitting distress to an animal

Kingston, ON (December 15, 2015) – On December 7, 2015, John Rodgers of Kingston, ON, was found guilty under the Ontario SPCA Act for permitting an animal to be in distress and for failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care.

On May 19, 2015 the Ontario SPCA 310-SPCA call centre received a complaint concerning an overpowering odour of urine and feces coming from an apartment building unit where animals were living.

An Ontario SPCA Agent attended the residence and found a Golden Retriever-type dog in need of veterinary medical attention. The Agent also found another dog and two cats living inside the apartment which was in a poor and unsanitary state. The Agent issued Ontario SPCA compliance orders for veterinary medical attention and a clean and sanitary living environment for the animals.

On May 29, 2015 an Ontario SPCA search warrant was granted to check compliance of the Orders issued. The animals were found to be living in a deplorable state with excessive piles of feces and urine throughout the home. Additionally, the Golden Retriever-type dog had not received medical attention for an open wound observed on her face.

The animals were subsequently removed from the residence and taken to the Kingston Humane Society, where the Golden Retriever received veterinary medical attention and treatment.

John Rodgers was found guilty on December 7, 2015 under the Ontario SPCA Act for permitting distress to an animal. He received a 20 year prohibition from owning, living with, having custody, care or control of an animal and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,009.04 for medical expenses incurred for the female  Golden Retriever-type dog.

“There is no excuse to let an animal go without proper veterinary medical attention,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you are unable to care for your animal, contact your Ontario SPCA Community Society to discuss what options are available.”

To report cruelty please call 310-SPCA or email your concern to






Media Contact


Alison Cross

Director, Marketing & Communications Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office


Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:

Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 communities.

Since 1919, when Ontario’s first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.

 Adopt • Learn • Volunteer • Donate

Charitable Business Number 88969 1044 RR0002