Woman gets dog back, OSPCA orders revoked
LYNDHURST — With her dog safely back at home and some of the orders she’s facing revoked, it seems as though Jessica Johnson has caught a break in her battle with the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).
It began on May 19, when an OSPCA investigator came through the Lyndhurst dog owner’s window to unlock the door for at least one other investigator and two police officers. The visit resulted in orders to have her five adult Yorkshire terriers’ teeth checked by a veterinarian, provide clean water and a clean environment, and move electrical cords out of reach. She also had eight puppies at the time.
The OSPCA returned on June 19 to seize the only remaining adult dog. Aside from moderate dental tartar and slightly overgrown nails, a veterinarian gave the dog a clean bill of health and it was returned in early July, apparently without Johnson having to pay the $306.80 bill for its care.
Most of the orders were revoked on June 28, but the OSPCA still requires the checkup for the adult dogs.
Johnson is appealing the orders to the Animal Care Review Board, which in mid-July ruled it will consider Charter of Rights and Freedoms issues associated with her case. The hearing resumes on Sept. 11 and 12.