Kamloops resident sentenced after leaving pomeranian puppy to suffer
February 28, 2011. For immediate release.
A Kamloops man has been banned from owning animals for five years after failing to provide veterinary care for his injured five-week-old pomeranian puppy. William Wallace was charged with animal cruelty in 2010 and was sentenced last week following a BC SPCA investigation into the case.
Wallace was also fined $250 and ordered to pay $558 in restitution to the BC SPCA for costs incurred in the dog’s care.
The plight of Toni, the tiny Pomeranian puppy, came to the SPCA’s attention after Wallace called the BC SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic in Kamloops to say his puppy was injured and was not bearing weight on her rear right leg. An SPCA officer attended the home and was shown the injured dog but Wallace refused to cooperate in seeking urgently needed veterinary care for the puppy.
The SPCA executed a warrant to take custody of Toni, who was rushed to a veterinarian for treatment of a painful broken leg. She has made a full recovery and has since been adopted into a new, loving home.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of this case,” said Kent Kokoska, senior animal protection officer for the BC SPCA. “We believe the sentence is appropriate and makes a clear statement that it is not an option for pet owners to withhold veterinary care for their animals.”
Last year the BC SPCA conducted nearly 7,000 cruelty investigations and found new, loving homes for nearly 19,000 abused, neglected and homeless animals. The SPCA is reliant on donations from the public to continue its work -- to find out how you can help, please visit spca.bc.ca/support.
Photo caption: Toni, a tiny pomeranian puppy, suffered a badly broken leg. Her former owner failed to provide veterninary care and is banned from owning animals for five years.
For more information:
Kent Kokoska, senior animal protection officer, BC SPCA, 250-828-6751;
Marcie Moriarty, general manager, cruelty investigations, BC SPCA, 604-647-1318;
Lorie Chortyk, general manager, community relations, 604-647-1316 (office), 604-830-7179 (cell).
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.