Kingston Man Convicted of Permitting Distress to an Animal

Published on: 2015/12/15 - in Featured Releases

According to media release issued by the Kingston Human Society, on December 7, 2015, John Rodgers of Kingston, ON, was found guilty under the Ontario SPCA Act for permitting an animal to be in distress and for failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care.

On May 19, 2015 the Ontario SPCA 310-SPCA call centre received a complaint concerning an overpowering odour of urine and feces coming from an apartment building unit where animals were living.

An Ontario SPCA Agent attended the residence and found a Golden Retriever-type dog in need of veterinary medical attention. The Agent also found another dog and two cats living inside the apartment which was in a poor and unsanitary state. The Agent issued Ontario SPCA compliance orders for veterinary medical attention and a clean and sanitary living environment for the animals.

On May 29, 2015 an Ontario SPCA search warrant was granted to check compliance of the Orders issued. The animals were found to be living in a deplorable state with excessive piles of feces and urine throughout the home.

Additionally, the Golden Retriever-type dog had not received medical attention for an open wound observed on her face (photo right).

The animals were subsequently removed from the residence and taken to the Kingston Humane Society, where the Golden Retriever received veterinary medical attention and treatment.

John Rodgers was found guilty on December 7, 2015 under the Ontario SPCA Act for permitting distress to an animal. He received a 20 year prohibition from owning, living with, having custody, care or control of an animal and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,009.04 for medical expenses incurred for the female Golden Retriever-type dog.

“There is no excuse to let an animal go without proper veterinary medical attention,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you are unable to care for your animal, contact your Ontario SPCA Community Society to discuss what options are available.”

To report cruelty please call 310-SPCA or email your concern to

Release source and photos: Kingston Humane Society