Sunday, November 29, 2015

Teen fined for phony animal cruelty report

CANADA -- A 17-year-old was fined $1,130 after pleading guilty to a false report of animal cruelty.

The Welland and District SPCA reported that a youth who cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, contact the agency in July reporting that a man had repeatedly kicked a small dog and dragged it back into a home. An SPCA investigation determined that the allegations were false.

“False complaints are taken very seriously,” said Welland and District Humane Society executive director John Greer. “Not only does it waste the limited resources of the Welland and District SPCA, but it also diverts needed attention away from legitimate cases of animal cruelty where animals could be suffering from serious harm or neglect.”

The teenager was charged with knowingly making a false report of an animal in distress, and pleaded guilty in Provincial Court earlier this week.

(Well and Tribune - Nov 27, 2015)

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