OSPCA INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE ANIMAL NEGLECT

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(THUNDER BAY, ONT) โ€“ Numerous REAL Concerned Citizens reported a dog that was possibly being neglected in the Picton Avenue area.

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After a bombardment of phone calls to the OSPCA, an official from the agency was seen on the property investigating the situation.

An OSPCA official told TRCCTB.COM that they have had an open investigation regarding the Picton Avenue home for several days.

As the OSPCA is on site at the time of this moment, we currently do not know if they will apprehend the animal.

We will update you as soon as possible.

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*** UPDATE @ 1:40 pm June 6th, 2018: OSPCA has left the scene without apprehending the dog, according to a witness.

*** UPDATE @ 3:10 pm June 6th 2018: TRCCTB.COM reached out to the OSPCA regarding this issue, and a spokesperson responded with the following:

โ€This is an open investigation. An Ontario SPCA officer attended the property today, as part of the investigative process. When the officer attended, they did not find the dog to be in distress, as defined in the Ontario SPCA Act and the Ontario SPCA Act Standards of Care. We continue to work with the owner to educate and ensure that the dog receives the care it requires, as defined under the Ontario SPCA Act, the Province of Ontarioโ€™s animal cruelty legislation that officers of the Ontario SPCA are mandated to enforce. It is important to understand that the investigation of animal cruelty or neglect must follow proper and legal investigative procedures.โ€

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Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the OSPCA @ 310-7722, and also contact us through our website via the contact link below.

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