| Opinion | Animals weren't in distress
Animals weren't in distress
Nov 29, 2008 04:30 AM

Re:Neglect concerns first raised three

years ago, The Fixer, Nov. 22

The Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to investigate reports of animal cruelty. The Ontario SPCA trains and appoints investigators and agents, who are employed by our 50 communities, to uphold the act.

Jack Lakey provided incorrect information in his article. In 2005, the Ontario SPCA did not issue orders to the owner of the property. The investigation revealed the animals to be in good condition and not in distress. The Ontario SPCA, veterinarians and other animal welfare organizations continue to work closely with the owner to ensure the animals get proper care.


The Ontario SPCA trains the inspectors and agents to follow a code of professionalism to ensure they respect the confidentiality and sensitivity of an investigation and all who are involved in the case. As with any investigation, the information involved with the case is not public information, and it is the policy of the Ontario SPCA not to release details to ensure that the investigation is not jeopardized.

The Ontario SPCA's number one priority is to ensure that animals are not in distress; we want to reassure our supporters that this situation has been monitored appropriately and we will continue to do so.

Hugh Coghill, Chief Inspector,

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Newmarket