Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Steven Gagnon Neglect of a litter of puppies Ottawa, Ontario Canada June 5, 2006  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved
    9 pups

An Ottawa man will appear in court charged with animal cruelty. The Ottawa Humane Society laid the charges after finding a litter of feces covered puppies in a basement.

  Photos courtesy of the Ottowa Sun and Ottawa Humane Society    

Investigators visited a home in the southeast end of Ottawa on June 5th after receiving a tip from a concerned member of the public.

The Humane Society says nine puppies were stuffed into a cage.

Steve Gagnon has been charged with causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal and failing to provide adequate care.

Updates 6/21/06:  Gagnon's next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 15, 2006, but Roney said there's little chance the man will receive the maximum $2,000 fine or six months in jail for his alleged abuse of the dogs.

"Judges don't tend to take this kind of Criminal Code violation seriously, unfortunately," said Roney, adding "it's quite upsetting for anyone who's an animal lover."

Update 8/28/08:  Gagnon of Ottawa was sentenced to 60 days of house arrest and received two years' probation and prohibition from owning animals.

Gagnon was originally charged in 2006 under the Criminal Code of Canada for failing to provide adequate care to nine shepherd-husky mix puppies he had been keeping in his basement. Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) investigators first visited Gagnon's home on June 5, 2006 where they found the litter of 14-week-old puppies housed in a cage in the man's basement.

The puppies were covered in feces and urine, and they appeared to be in thin condition. Gagnon surrendered eight of the nine puppies to the OHS after Agents issued Orders to have the cage cleaned and the animals seen by a veterinarian.

Worried about the welfare of the one remaining puppy, investigators visited the property again on June 10, where they ordered Gagnon to provide veterinary care.

On June 15, OHS investigators charged Gagnon with failing to provide adequate care to the animal, and removed the remaining puppy from the home.

Thanks to caring adoptive and foster families the dogs are living happily ever after with their new families.


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