STATEMENT REGARDING WITHDRAWAL OF CHARGES AGAINST ST. CATHARINES VETERINARIAN

November 3, 2017

(November 3, 2017) The Lincoln County Humane Society, (LCHS), expresses its disappointment regarding the decision of the Crown Attorney to withdraw all charges against a St. Catharines veterinarian charged with animal cruelty.

The role of the LCHS is to investigate reports of animal cruelty in this region. We conducted an exhaustive and thorough investigation, which produced sufficient evidence to support 16 counts of animal cruelty. We received an opinion from an Ontario Crown attorney while this case was moving forward and that opinion was to lay 16 charges.

The LCHS stands behind this investigation and the Inspectors who worked on this case. We are confident that our investigators performed their duties well and brought charges forward as the evidence supported.

The LCHS remains committed to protecting animals in our community. We will continue to conduct thorough animal cruelty investigations and provide the Crown with comprehensive and detailed reports to support charges and convictions of those responsible for animal cruelty where appropriate.

We expect that the public will be outraged by the outcome of this case. The accused was entrusted with the care of animals in this community and will not have to answer in a court of law to allegations of animal cruelty.

If you wish to voice your concerns to the Crown, you can contact the Ministry of the Attorney General by calling 1-800-518-7901 or emailing, attorneygeneral@ontario.ca.

Ed Klassen, President
Board of Directors
Lincoln County Humane Society

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