(THUNDER BAY, ON) โ€“ย Two people from Thunder Bay have been convicted under provincial animal welfare legislation following an investigation relating to the treatment of a dog in their care.


Billy-Joe Holmquist, 36, and Jennifer Holmquist, 32, pled guilty in a Thunder Bay Provincial Offences Court on September 21, 2018 to one count each of permitting distress.

The Justice of the Peace sentenced them both to 12 months probation and fined them $200 each.

On February 20, 2018, an Ontario SPCA officer with the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society followed up on a concern that was reported about a stray dog in poor body condition that was being cared for at the Thunder Bay Animal Services Centre.

A veterinary examination confirmed the dog was emaciated, dehydrated and severely malnourished.


Thanks to tips from the public, the Holmquists were identified as the owners of the dog and were subsequently charged under provincial animal welfare legislation.

The dog was surrendered into the care of the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society and was treated for his condition and re-homed.

โ€œWe try to educate wherever possible. However, provincial animal welfare legislation will be enforced to ensure accountability for those who fail to provide appropriate care of an animal,โ€ says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. โ€œIf you find yourself unable to provide proper care for your animals, contact your local humane society or animal centre to seek help.โ€

To report suspected animal cruelty, call the Ontario SPCAโ€™s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722), or your local police.

Source: OSPCA



  1. shoulda been 12 months in prison not probation, these people are scum… tyhey should have everything theve done to that poor animal done to them!!

  2. Glad to hear that this poor dog has a new life. I had seen it around its home and was very sad about not getting the help he needed even though I tried calling to report it. My husband and I were both concerned for this poor dog and tried several times to find him/her. I am relieved that the dog has a new life and from the recent picture it looks a lot healthier.

  3. There has to be consequences for these crimes Some jail time a huge fine, never be able to abuse another animal! You can tell a lot about a person about the way they treat animals!, Lets hope they donโ€™t have children! Iโ€™m glad at least their pictures and names are out,so people in the community can see who the losers are! They should be ashamed of themselves! Pathetic!

    1. I believe they used his mug shot from a previous “wanted Wednesday” post. I don’t think she was ever on the list – yet.

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