Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Canada: Huron County woman Gina Platt, 53, who was hoarding more than 60 animals pleads guilty to animal cruelty

CANADA -- A 53-year-old Huron County woman has been convicted of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act after an investigation into the care of over 60 animals on her property.

The OSPCA executed a search warrant on March 7, 2016, at a residence in Brussels, about 50 kilometres east of Goderich.

During the search, officials say investigators found 22 cats living in unsanitary conditions in several small cages. Also on the property were 21 dogs confined to dirty cages and kennels, without food or water.

Two goats were found in a garden shed without windows, lighting, food or water, and 12 chickens were discovered in a coop without food. Three exotic birds and a rabbit were also found living in unsanitary conditions.

“Caring for a large number of animals comes with an increased risk that the needs of those animals will suffer if circumstances change in the life of their owner,” says Alison Green, a senior inspector with the OSPCA.

The OSPCA removed the animals from the property to provide them with proper food, water and care. They were then individually assessed by a veterinarian.

Several of the dogs were found to have dental issues and one dog had to be euthanized due to its deteriorated condition. Many of the animals were thin and were suffering from severe upper respiratory infections.

Gina Platt, 53, pleaded guilty in a Goderich Provincial Offences Court on Feb. 10, to permitting distress to an animal and was sentenced to two years probation and a five-year prohibition that limits the number of species and number of animals she can own.

The prohibition order also requires that she provide a list of any animals she has to the OSPCA, and permits them to contact her veterinarian to ensure her animals are receiving veterinary attention. She is also subject to periodic, unannounced inspections.

(CTV London - Feb 17, 2017)