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Two charged with animal cruelty after dog found dead at St. Catharines home

Investigation determined the dog had been left tied to a railing and died due to asphyxiation
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NEWS RELEASE
NIAGARA REGIONAL POLICE
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On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at approximately 6 a.m., 1 District (St. Catharines) uniform officers were called to the area of Welland Avenue and Clark Street in the City of St. Catharines.

When officers arrived, they found a deceased dog. A resulting animal cruelty investigation with the assistance of 1 District Detective has revealed that the 14-month old dog was left tied to the railing and subsequently died due to asphyxiation

A male and female were identified, arrested and charged.

Twenty-eight-year-old Robert Ripley of the City of St. Catharines is facing the following alleged charges:

  • Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, contrary to Section 445.1 (1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Failure to comply with probation order, contrary to section 733.1 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Forty-six-year-old Tanya Keddy of the City of St. Catharines is facing the following alleged charge:

  • Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, contrary to Section 445.1 (1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Both Ripley and Keddy are currently being held in custody pending a bail hearing on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at the Robert S. K Welch Courthouse in the City of St. Catharines.

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