Owner of Omemee-area pet boarding house fined for treating his dog

A Peterborough pet owner shakes his head after the operator of a pet boarding and training center in Omemee was found guilty earlier this month of abusing his dog at the end of 2020.

Nadine Francis, owner/operator of Good Doggy of Kawartha Lakes, pleaded guilty February 8 in Lindsay court to two of six charges under the provincial Animal Protection Services Act stemming from an incident in October 2020 involving the treatment of a dog named Maui.

Francis pleaded guilty to causing distress to an animal contrary to section 15(2) of the 2019 Act and to failing to comply with the prescribed standard of care for such an animal contrary to section 13 ( 1) of the law requiring adequate and appropriate medical care for an animal.

She received a combined fine of $1,000 and two years probation for non-reporting.

The result is something Maui owner Mike Laurie said is simply amazing.

“We trusted the justice system and this is what is happening, after we almost lost our dog,” Laurie said.

It took more than $7,000 in vet bills to save the dog’s life after he left Maui in Francis’ care for just over two weeks and about another $3,500 in additional training costs after his ordeal.

Maui, a then 19-month-old Neapolitan Mastiff, was taken to a facility near Omemee to be trained for behavioral issues due to a lack of socialization after undergoing multiple surgeries as a puppy.

While at the dog training center, Maui ended up eating a half leash that got lodged in his intestines, causing a blockage and making him sick.

“This shouldn’t have happened to our dog,” Laurie said.

Laurie and his wife Lynsie dropped off Maui on October 20 for an extended stay for training which will end in mid-November, but before the training was over Laurie received a call from Francis that their dog was having difficulty .

“We got a call from Francis saying she thought Maui was depressed, and we should pick him up, and he wasn’t going through training as planned, and training probably wasn’t for him,” Laurie said.

When they arrived to pick up Maui, he noticed a visual and behavioral change in his dog, who had lost about 30 pounds and was lethargic.

“We introduced ourselves to a dog that had gone from 136 pounds when we dropped him between 20 and 106 pounds,” Laurie said.

“He was lying on the screen door of the travel crate, so he was taken to their dog pen and thrown out of the crate and left there emaciated, dehydrated.”

Laurie said it was the hardest thing he had ever witnessed, his dog lying lifeless.

“Our initial response and responsibility was to make sure Maui got the help he needed and got better,” he said.

Francis could not be reached by The Examiner for comment.