On April 21, 2018, officers from the Napanee Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a residence in Stone Mills Township, about 50 km northwest of Kingston. Upon arrival at the location officers found multiple animals to be living in squalid conditions. Napanee Detachment Crime Unit and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) were called in to assist with the investigation.
As a result, Margarite Gerrard, 62-years-old, of Stone Mills Township has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with Cruelty to Animals as per section 445.1(1)(a) and with Cause Damage or Injury to Animals as per section 446(1)(b). She will appear for a Bail Hearing on April 23rd at the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee.
The investigation is continuing and the OPP is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.