Police charge two Kitchener residents under provincial animal protection services law

Region of Waterloo, Ontario – Police have charged two Kitchener residents under the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act (PAWS) after an investigation in Kitchener.

On March 28, 2022, officers from the Waterloo Regional Police Neighborhood Policing Central Division launched an animal cruelty investigation in conjunction with inspectors from provincial animal welfare services.

A community member had found a trash bag tied with four live kittens inside while walking through the Southdale neighborhood of Kitchener. The community member contacted the police and brought the animals home and provided care for them for a short time until the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth responded.

On April 9, 2022, following investigation by the WRPS and provincial animal protection services, two Kitchener residents, a 37-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man, were charged under the law. PAWS for causing distress and allowing distress to an animal.

The kittens remain in the care of the Humane Society and are said to be in good health.

We remind members of the public that if they witness animal cruelty, they should contact the police at 519-570-9777 or provincial animal protection services at 1-833-926-4625.

Occupancy: 22-068321 (962)

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Waterloo Regional Police Service
Public Information Unit
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8188
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