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Farmer fined with prohibitions in first Humane Society court case

An Ottawa court fined a Navan-area farmer and prohibited him from owning a dog for five years and livestock for two years Tuesday following an Ottawa Humane Society investigation last year.

In October, the OHS found a dog and various livestock on a property without adequate food and water and lacking appropriate care.

A nine-year-old Rottweiler-type dog had suffered injury to its right hind leg. The owner was ordered to seek veterinary treatment for the dog, but opted to surrender the animal to the OHS instead. An OHS veterinarian later humanely euthanized the dog, due to the extent of its injuries and overall health.

The court ordered Maurice Mouawad, 54, was ordered to pay $250 restitution to the OHS, and is prohibited from owning a dog for the next five years. He was also fined $1,000 for charges related to livestock and is prohibited from owning livestock for a period of two years beginning Jan. 19, allowing him time to remove animals currently on his property.

This was the first time the OHS has had a case proceed to trial since the organization began laying charges under the new provincial animal cruelty act, which came into effect last March.

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