Harsher penalties for animal abandonment and cruelty

13-year-old Kiki was muzzled by his owners Donna Hebert and Allan Folkins-Wyre in an abandoned moving van along with two cats and two other dogs in London, Ontario..Despite having his ability to bark suppressed by the muzzle, Kiki remained determined to find a way to call for help: he honked the vehicle’s horn repeatedly until members of the London Police Department arrived on December 10th, 2012.

Members of the London Police Department found the moving van in a crowded parking lot with its horn still blaring and Kiki in the driver’s seat. Upon investigating the vehicle, the officers discovered two dogs, “Buddy” and “Six Toes,” as well as two cats.

“It was evident that they required medical attention,” said London Police Constable Ken Steeves.

The pet owners, Donna Hebert and Allan Folkins-Wyre, have been charged with five counts of cruelty to animals. If convicted, they face possible fines of up to $10,000 or as much as 18 months in prison.

Animal abuse laws in London, Ontario - in fact, in all of Canada - are antiquated and need to be strengthened.  Please ensure that these two face the current maximum penalty.

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