Salvatore Augugliaro inhumane slaughter of a goat Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario Canada October 2003
Salvatore Augugliaro illegal slaughterhouse Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario Canada January 20, 2006

Salvatore Augugliaro of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario pled guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice, Newmarket on 31st March, 2004 to a charge of unlawfully slaughtering an animal in a manner not prescribed in the Meat Inspection Act. Two other charges under the Act and another under the Criminal Code of Canada of causing unnecessary suffering, were withdrawn.

The charges, brought by the Ontario SPCA, followed attendance at Augugliaro's Markham farm in October, 2003 by a Markham By-law Enforcement Officer, York Regional Police and York Region Health Services who requested attendance of investigators from the Ontario SPCA. The By-law Enforcement Officer had been following-up numerous complaints the Town had received that animals were being killed on the property.

A freshly slaughtered goat was found and Augugliaro admitted he had killed the animal by tying it up and cutting its throat while it was conscious. Another man present admitted he was at the property to obtain a goat for a birthday party. Further evidence was obtained which allegedly showed Augugliaro was operating a 'livestock business'.

Numerous animals were present on the farm including rabbits, goats, sheep, cows, chickens and pigeons. "Conditions in two barns, including the slaughter location, were extremely unsanitary," said Ontario SPCA Chief Inspector Mike Draper. "Many of the animals were standing in deep manure and feces."

Augugliaro was fined $1,000.00 and given 12 months probation during which he is not to operate a slaughterhouse or sell meat unless licensed. The Ontario SPCA was granted inspection rights to monitor compliance with the Meat Inspection Act and the Ontario SPCA Act.

Case # 2:

A Stouffville man has been fined $4,500 for illegal slaughter. The charges arose from an investigation by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).

On June 9, 2006, Salvatore Augugliaro pled guilty in the Ontario court of justice in Newmarket to three counts under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. The court heard that the investigation conducted by MNR revealed Augugliaro was operating an unlicensed meat plant, slaughtered an animal that was not inspected by an inspector and then sold the uninspected carcass to a member of the public for human consumption, contrary to the legislation. The offences occurred on January 20, 2006.

Justice of the peace C. Hartt sentenced Augugliaro to a fine of $4,500 and issued an order to the defendant prohibiting him from continuing or repeating any of the offences. This was the first time such an order was issued under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs' (OMAFRA) inspection program is part of Ontario's food safety system, which maximizes the safety of Ontario food products by combining a thorough inspection system with educational programs, laboratory support and a comprehensive legislative framework. The Meat Regulation (O. Reg. 31/05) under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001, provides for the inspection of animals and carcasses in slaughter plants, and regulates conditions and methods of operation. This legislation is administered by OMAFRA with investigative and prosecution services provided by MNR.

Anyone with information regarding violations of provincial food and inspection legislation is asked to contact OMAFRA enforcement advisor Jim Cushing at (519) 826-4391 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Reference:

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs' (OMAFRA)

OSPCA Markham By-law Enforcement Officer

York Regional Police

York Region Health Services