Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Meredith McDonald, 55 drowning 6 cats

Ottawa, Canada

Meredith McDonald, 56 refused to get medical help for an injured kitten

Ottawa, Canada

March 7, 2010  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
  animal cruelty 6 cats, 1 kitten Convicted  

A woman admitted she drowned six cats in her toilet and refused to get medical help for an injured kitten, the humane Society said.  The humane society responded to a call March 7 for the injured kitten. The kitten injured its leg after jumping from a dresser, the society said.

Investigators also discovered that the owner wanted to drown the kitten in her toilet. The woman admitted she had drowned six cats in the last two years, the society said.

A veterinarian found the injured kitten, which was handed over to the society, likely had neurological problems because it had trouble walking and had blood in both eyes. The cat was put down.

Meredith McDonald, 56, was charged March 26 with failing to provide proper food, water and medical care and causing the cat distress.

McDonald is expected to appear in court April 26.

Update 4/30/10:  An Ottawa woman who admitted drowning six cats in her care has been banned for life from owning or caring for pets.

An Ontario court judge imposed the ban on McDonald, after she pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty against a six-month old kitten.

The Ottawa Humane Society said McDonald was originally charged after an agent visited her home in March and found a kitten limping and in need of veterinary care.

McDonald has also been ordered to undergo 10 hours of counseling and to pay $187 restitution to the Ottawa Humane Society.

The lifetime ban is the first of its kind to be handed down in the Ottawa region.

"The lifetime ban reflects the severity of the offence and it really serves to send a strong message that our society simply will no longer tolerate this type of animal abuse," said Sharon Miko, operations manager with the Ottawa Humane Society.


Ottawa Citizen CBC News
Ottawa Humane Society