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Old May 19th, 2006, 10:24 PM
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Two men charged for neutering their own dog (brutally)

Ontario SPCA MEDIA RELEASE

Dog neutered with knife. Two men charged.

KENORA, ON, (May 19, 2006)

Terry Johnson, 55, of Fort Frances and James Walter Forrester, 48, of Nelles Township were charged March 21, 2006 under the Criminal Code of Canada with two counts each of wilfully causing pain, and wilfully failing to provide suitable and adequate care to a dog following the attempted neuter using a knife of a one-year-old black Labrador retriever-cross named Tucker.

On October 13, 2005, a veterinarian contacted the Ontario SPCA to report that Tucker had been brought to the clinic by his owner following a failed "do-it-yourself" neuter. Examination revealed a protrusion of tissue from the scrotal cut and a swollen scrotum sensitive to the touch. The veterinarian performed surgery immediately to remove the inflamed and tender tissues.

The owner reported that she had returned from work on the morning of October 13, 2005 and discovered that her dog, Tucker, was not in the home. However, Johnson, one of the accused, had taken the dog for walks before, so she was not overly concerned. She later located Tucker at Johnson's residence and he told her that he and Forrester had "fixed" the dog. The next morning when she took Tucker outside for a walk, he rolled on his back, and she noticed tissue dangling from his scrotum. She took Tucker to the veterinary clinic immediately.

"Improper neutering procedures are dangerous to pets and cause severe pain, suffering and injury," says Ontario SPCA Chief Inspector, Mike Draper. "The most effective way to decrease the number of unwanted puppies and kittens is by spaying and neutering, but it must be performed properly and by a qualified veterinarian. Causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal are offences under the Criminal Code of Canada and perpetrators will be prosecuted by the Ontario SPCA."

Johnson and Forrester are scheduled to appear in the Fort Frances Court on May 29, 2006.

To make a donation to the Ontario SPCA call Cathy at 1-888-ONT-SPCA (668-7722) extension 322.

To report suspected animal abuse call the Ontario SPCA at 1-888-ONT-SPCA (668-7722) extension 1, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), your local Ontario SPCA Branch, affiliated humane society or police.

For media enquiries, please contact: Arista Wogenstahl, Ontario SPCA Inspector, 1-807-547-3598.

A word about the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA):
The Ontario SPCA, with 27 Branches and 31 affiliated humane societies and SPCAs, is unique amongst animal welfare organizations in Ontario: the Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society investigators with police powers to do so. The Society is a registered charity, relying on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation for all animals, government and industry advocacy and public education. The Ontario SPCA is a member of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) and is affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

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Last edited by White Wolf; May 19th, 2006 at 10:26 PM. Reason: Title edited to remove graphic description
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