Tell Ontario Attorney General, John Gerretsen, that you want to see this Province’s justice system finally take cases of extreme cruelty to animals seriously by handing out maximum sentences to those convicted of these crimes.
Consider the case of an Ottawa man charged with torturing and killing a mother raccoon and her baby in a horrific days-long ordeal. If this individual is convicted, the judge should consider the maximum sentence of five years in jail and a lifetime ban on owning animals.
Consider the allegations:
• The individual is charged with two counts of causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal after the Ottawa Humane Society rescue and investigations agents found two raccoons on the individual’s property.
• The mother raccoon had been impaled by a barbecue rotisserie rod, driven through her mouth and out the back of her head. The second raccoon, a baby, was found nearby. It had been bludgeoned to death with a hammer.
• A veterinary examination found both animals suffered multiple wounds and had been alive throughout most of the ordeal.
• The inspectors had gone to the individual’s home after receiving a report that an adult raccoon had been locked inside a humane trap for two days. Neighbours told inspectors that a baby raccoon had been hanging around the trap, crying. As the mother in the trap was still producing milk, the baby was obviously hungry and was desperate to nurse.
The public is appalled by this malicious act. If this individual is convicted, we urge the judge to consider a maximum sentence in this case.
A strong message needs to be delivered by the courts that this type of criminal behaviour will not be tolerated in a civilized society.