OSPCA bills Lyndhurst dog owner for seizure, takes door off hinges
Dog owner’s appeal to be heard
By Brandy Harrison
LYNDHURST — Last time they came through the window, but this time the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) used the door — taking a portion of it apart — when they visited Jessica Johnson, seizing her dog and later billing her $306.80 for its care.
"The statement of account states that if the money allegedly owed is not paid in five business days, they may dispose of the dog," said Kurtis Andrews, the lawyer for the Lyndhurst dog owner, in an e-mail.
Andrews said the law doesn’t allow the OSPCA to charge for time or kilometres when making a seizure, although they can charge for the six days of boarding fees. They’re appealing the June 19 seizure.
Johnson’s dealings with the OSPCA began on May 19 when an investigator came through her window to unlock the front door for at least one other investigator and two police officers. Johnson breeds Yorkshire terriers for therapy and had five adult dogs and eight puppies at the time. She was ordered to have the adult dogs’ teeth checked by a veterinarian, provide clean water and a clean environment, and move electrical cords out of their reach.
The most recent visit came as Johnson was appealing those orders to the Animal Care Review Board. A hearing in late June was adjourned until further notice.