A press release from the OSPA wrote:
Mississauga, ON (March 1, 2010) – On February 22, 2010, Samantha Brown, a Mississauga dog trainer was convicted under the Ontario SPCA Act for causing an animal to be in distress.
On June 29th, 2009 the Ontario SPCA received a call from a dog owner who had hired Samantha Brown from “Lead the Way Sam” to train her dog “Lucy”. After the dog’s training session the owner found sever injuries to “Lucy’s” paws. Upon examination by a veterinarian, it was revealed that there were injuries to all of “Lucy’s” paws and she was suffering of heat stroke. The veterinarian felt that the level of trauma to all four paws, was consistent with over exercise on pavement and being dragged.
Samantha Brown has been charged under the Ontario SPCA Act for causing an animal to be in distress and was sentenced to pay a $2,000 fine.
“It’s important when choosing a dog trainer that the owners discuss the training techniques being used by the trainer” says Ward McAllister, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “Positive reinforcement techniques are the most humane option; they encourage the development of skills while keeping the animal’s overall well-being in mind”