Sunday, April 2, 2017

Canada: Gwendolen Onabigon and her husband John Onabigon facing animal cruelty charges; 31 dogs involved

CANADA -- Ontario Provincial Police have charged two dog owners with multiple offences after an investigation into animal cruelty.

On Feb. 7, Greenstone OPP began investigating a report of a group of neglected dogs located at a cabin just north of the Lower Flat Rapids area in Ginoogaming First Nation Territory.

Police located 15 dogs at the cabin with various injuries and health problems, OPP said in a news release. Three were dead.

All the animals were transported to the Thunder Bay Humane Society for treatment and examination.

John Onabigon, 43, of Ginoogaming, First Nation Territory is charged with:
Cruelty to animals - unnecessary pain and suffering or injury, contrary to section 445.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code

Causing damage or injury to animal or bird - fail to provide suitable/adequate food, water, care and shelter, contrary to section 446(1)(b) of the Criminal Code
Killing, injuring, or endangering animals other than cattle, contrary to section 445(1)(a) of the Criminal Code

 Gwendolen Onabigon, 45, of Ginoogaming, First Nation Territory faces the same charges pending her arrest.

 On March 31, 16 additional dogs owned by the couple were surrendered to Greenstone OPP and Thunder Bay SPCA agents and have been transported to the Thunder Bay Humane Society for assessment.

(CBC - April 2, 2017)