Hamilton Police seize puppy from person with ‘history of animal cruelty’

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Published July 7, 2021 at 7:29 pm

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Officers with the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) reportedly seized a puppy from an individual with a history of abusing animals.

“After learning a person with a history of animal cruelty was in possession of a puppy, HPS officers leapt into action,” tweeted police on Wednesday (July 7). “The person was quickly located in (Hamilton) and the dog seized.”

Police say the puppy spent time at Central Station before it was sent to the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, however, the pup is in the care of City of Hamilton Animal Services. 

Animal Services says, while they have received a lot of interest, the puppy will not be available for adoption anytime soon due to an ongoing investigation into the matter.

Under the Canadian Criminal Code, an individual who willfully causes or permits unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to an animal or bird can spend up to five years in person and a $10,000 fine.

Animals can be confiscated if an officer has reasonable grounds for believing that an animal is in distress or danger.

Correction: The story previously incorrectly stated that the animal was dropped off at the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, as per the tweet by Hamilton Police Service.

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