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Westport man charged with deserting dog


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A Westport man was charged for apparently leaving a dog to look after itself in a woody location for 11 days.

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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Frontenac said Thursday a young dog was discovered abandoned in a backwoods of Godfrey in Central Frontenac Township.

“On February 16, 2023, at about 9 a.m., four-year-old walker hound Rosie was dropped off and left to fend for herself on Hill Road in Godfrey,” cops said on Thursday.

“This dog managed to survive the frigid winter temperatures for 11 days before being rescued by a member of the public.”

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Police called Animal Welfare Services to help with the examination, and members of the general public aided with recognizing the dog’s owner.

After an examination, 64-year-old Joel McCulloch of Westport was jailed and charged under the criminal code with ruthlessness to animals (unneeded discomfort, suffering or injury), triggering damage or injury to animal (stopping working to supply appropriate or sufficient food, water, care, shelter) and blocking a peace officer.

He was likewise charged with triggering excessive tension to an animal under the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act.

The charges have actually not been shown in court.

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McCulloch was launched from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on May 16, 2023.

Police thanked “everyone that has reached out to donate to Rosie’s care.”

“If you would like to donate, you can contact the Kingston Humane Society,” cops said.

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