Cruelty to Animal(s) Investigation in Burlington Leads to Charges

Posted On Thursday January 21, 2021

On January 20, 2021, the Halton Regional Police Service attended a Burlington residence in regards to a cruelty to animal(s) investigation.   Information had been received that the male residing at the residence had been keeping a racoon in the basement and that the racoon was being mistreated by the male.  Further information was obtained that there were multiple electrical and fire code violations inside the home.  Due to the risk to public safety, a search warrant was obtained for the residence.

With the assistance of the Burlington Fire Department, Animal Control and EMS, officers entered the residence and arrested a 55-year-old male.  He has been charged with:

  • Causing Damage or Injury to an Animal
  • Breach Release Order
  • Mischief Over $5000
  • Keep Live Game Wildlife in Captivity (Fishing and Wildlife Conservation Act)

The name of the accused will not be released. 

A racoon was located in a locked cage inside the residence.  Unfortunately due to the health condition of the racoon, it was seized and euthanized by Animal Control.

We would like to thank residents in the area for their assistance and cooperation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Scott Heyerman of the 3 District Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 2342.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at


Media Inquiries:

Halton Regional Police Service
Corporate Communications
Phone: 905-825-4899