Sault pair convicted for totally neglecting dog in extreme medical distress (warning graphic images)

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A man and woman from Sault Ste. Marie have been convicted under provincial animal welfare legislation following an investigation into the treatment of a dog in their care.

photo supplied by OSPCA

Kevin Hanka and Robin Hanka, both 28 years of age, were convicted on October 3, 2018 in a Sault Ste. Marie Provincial Offences Court to one count each of permitting a dog to be in distress and failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention.

The Justice of the Peace sentenced Kevin Hanka to 12 months probation. During that time, he is required to have any animals in his care examined by a veterinarian every six months and must follow any treatment recommendations identified by the veterinarian. Robin Hanka was ordered by the Justice of the Peace to pay a fine of $632.

On September 11, 2017, an Ontario SPCA officer attended a residence in Sault Ste. Marie after receiving a concern about the welfare of a dog. The officer observed a female, Boxer-type dog in poor body condition that was dragging a large tumour-like mass, that was hanging from the dog’s hind end.

Ontario SPCA orders were issued to have the dog examined by a veterinarian, which revealed the dog was suffering from a 4.3-kilogram vascular mass on her anus. The growth had sores on the surface, as a result of dragging along the ground. In addition, the veterinarian noted the dog’s overall body condition was poor and she was suffering from dermatitis and ear infections. The mass was subsequently removed during surgery and the dog recovered from her various health conditions.

photo supplied by OSPCA

“Letting a dog suffer like this is never an option, especially when the physical ailment is so obvious,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you find yourself in a position where you are unable to provide your pets with the medical attention or general care they require, contact the Ontario SPCA or your local humane society to discuss your options.”

To report suspected animal cruelty, call the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722), or your local police.

Since 1919, when Ontario’s first animal welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce animal welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education & Animal Centre.

36 COMMENTS

  1. Ppl you only read what the news tells you. It does not tell you the women was being abused as well and worked with spc to pay the vet bill. Shake your heads. Get the full story before u judge.

  2. It is everyone’s duty to SPEAK UP, LOUD AND CLEAR, for those that CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

    I’m sure there were other people that were aware of this abused dog’s situation and remained silent. If you remain silent in the face of abuse you are also guilty.

    SPEAK UP PEOPLE for all animals everywhere! It’s not someone else’s responsibility, it is yours as well.

    Governments and laws are made and changed by those that care enough to speak up and take action.

  3. C
    an the SPCA at least inform the readers where this poor dog is now…I am afraid with our judicial system that this poor dog was returned to where it came from.

  4. Unfortunately, the SPCA can only act within the laws, which are still not strict enough. The judge decided on sentencing and could have ruled that they couldn’t own any animals. The SPCA follows up on these cases and does periodic checks to see that they are complying with the court order. That’s all they can do.

  5. This poor Dog this is so sad.Whats wrong with these people.I sure hope they don’t get this poor dog back.I don’t understand if you don’t like animals don’t have any.To leave this poor dog in this condition says A lot of what kind of people you are.you are both sick people.😡Someday Karma will get you both.

  6. What kind of people are they. Suppose to be the law. There is no justice in this world. Those people should be stripped of there children and all animals. Instead they get a slap on the hands.
    No wonder people are becoming vigalanties and taking care of shit like this . Stupid courts and no excuses.

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