Animal cruelty investigation on Cedarwood leads to charges

OTTAWA – Facebook posts and social media photos have led to the arrest of Aron Yardon on cruelty to animals charges.

In the afternoon of Feb. 25, the Ottawa police received information through social media about an incident of animal cruelty involving a dog.  Video posts and photos were examined and a male suspect from the Ottawa area was identified.

Frontline officers attended a residence in the 2800 block of Cedarwood Drive in Ottawa where they identified the owner of the dog as Yardon, 30-years-old of Ottawa, and they also located the dog from the postings.

The East Criminal Investigations Unit led the police investigation that also involved the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA).  The dog has been removed by the Ontario SPCA and brought to a local veterinarian for a health examination.

On March 6, Yardon was charged with one count of cruelty to animals; and he appeared in court that day.

“By working together, we were able to ensure this dog gets the necessary care,” says Jennifer Bluhm, Deputy Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “This is a great example of our SPCA Enforcement Services model at work. Through this new enforcement service model, we are able to provide animal-related expertise to municipal, provincial and federal law enforcement agencies.”