St. Catharines, Ontario Veterinarian Charged With 16 Counts of Animal Cruelty


A News Release from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, first posted on the SPCA’s official website on June 1st

Posted June 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines/Niagara – Ontario SPCA Inspectors with the Lincoln County Humane Society have charged a St. Catharines veterinarian with 16 counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada relating to alleged animal abuse that allegedly occurred in 2013.

A criminal investigation was launched on September 14, 2016 by the Lincoln County Humane Society after allegations of animal cruelty against Dr. Mahavir Rekhi were reported to the Society.

Rekhi has been charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada: 

  • ·       indictable counts of causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal
  • ·         indictable counts of failing to provide suitable and adequate care for an animal

“A great deal of information was brought forth during this investigation,” says Regional Inspector Carol VanderHeide, Ontario SPCA. “The investigations team thoroughly examined all relevant evidence, which allowed us to proceed with 16 charges against the accused.”

Rekhi is scheduled to appear in a St. Catharines court room on July 14, 2017.

A Footnote from Niagara At Large – A year ago this summer, when members of the public and animal advocacy groups in Niagara learned that the veterinarian referred to in the news release above received a fine and temporary suspension of his license to practice from the self-policing College of Veterinarians of Ontario for alleged cases of animal abuse recorded on video equipment, they expressed outrage and demanded a follow-up investigation in to this whole matter.

The investigation was conducted and resulted in the charges reported above, in the SPCA news release.

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