Man left puppies outside in -25 C weather

A puppy is pictured in this file photo. A Sarnia, Ont., man has been convicted of failing to...

A puppy is pictured in this file photo. A Sarnia, Ont., man has been convicted of failing to provide adequate food, water and shelter after a dog and puppies were left outside without food during sub-zero temperatures. (Fotolia)

Neil Bowen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:18 AM ET

SARNIA, Ont. -- A man who left a dog and puppies outside without food during sub-zero temperatures has been jailed for 10 days.

Joshua Judah Reckman, 27, of Sarnia, was convicted of failing to provide adequate food, water and shelter to the dogs and violating a court-ordered ban on animal ownership.

Court heard that on Jan. 7 the dogs were found in a box without food in what had been described as deplorable conditions.

That day the temperature hit a low of -25 C.

At the time, Reckman was on probation for a conviction of injuring an animal when he castrated another man's dog.

The probation order banned Reckman's possession of animals without his probation officer's approval.

Reckman had been permitted to have one dog, but when the dog became pregnant and had five puppies he was in violation of the order.

"The dog is big part of my life. I tried hard to provide the necessities," said Reckman.

There is a disconnect between Reckman's intentions and his actions, and he does not seem able to recognize the potential for harm, Justice Mark Hornblower said in sentencing Reckman.

Reckman will serve the jail time on weekends and it will be followed by two years' probation.

During the probation, Reckman cannot have a domestic animal unless he gets his probation officer's approval and he must get counselling regarding pet care.

Following the sentencing Reckman asked if he could get his dog back. Hornblower said the dog could not be returned without his probation officer's approval.

neil.bowen@sunmedia.ca


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