The former captain of the Waratah Golf Course, Argenton, was last week fined $1000 after laying poisoned meat in an attempt to kill crows.
The captain pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated animal cruelty in the Toronto Local Court, after toxic chicken mince was eaten by local dogs.
On Wednesday 26 March, another man took his two pets, Zoe and Dozer, for their usual run around the course, but later that night they fell ill and he rushed them to the vet.
The next day, he walked the same route, finding a bag of chicken mince which he took to the vet for examination.
The RSPCA attended the club and spoke with the Course General Manager. On 1 April 2014, the RSPCA Inspector was called to meet the then club captain.
The captain admitted to laying the poisoned bait, identifying the particularly potent insecticide (Chlorpyrifors) he used to lace the meat.
He told officers he was being “hammered” by members of the golf course about the “very bad crow problem” and he had a “brain snap” to lay toxic meat.
The captain said he didn’t consider the serious risk the poison posed for local pets and wildlife, admitting he knew that one dog had died and another remained sick. He said he tendered his resignation to the club that morning.
RSPCA Chief Inspector David OShannessy says this was obviously a deliberate attempt to cause harm with little regard or thought for the consequences. “Here we have a man who blames a ‘brain snap’ for using a highly toxic and illegal bait to try and kill crows,” says Chief Inspector OShannessy. “Though he admits the birds were unlikely to go near the smelly mince,” adds Mr OShannessy.
As well as the thousand dollar fine, the former captain was ordered to pay professional costs and report to police for fingerprinting.
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