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Orillia man, 20, charged with killing/injuring an animal

By Sara Carson, Orillia Packet & Times

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A 20-year-old Orillia man has been charged for the death of a small dog found in an Orillia parking lot.

Around 11 a.m., Dec. 23., a dead three-year-old brown pug/shih tzu cross was discovered in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 17 Coldwater Rd. W. with signs of trauma to its body.

Steve McGinn was arrested Jan. 3 and has been charged with break and enter, killing/Injuring an animal and breach of probation.

McGinn is not the dog's owner, said Orillia OPP Sgt. Sharron Brown.

Information given to police revealed the owner lived at a nearby Albert Street North address.

Asked how McGinn is connected to the dog, Brown said “I don't have that information, sorry.”

Brown could not say why, or how, the dog was killed.

“That is part of the evidence that is before the courts right now,” she said.

Unrelated to the dog's death, McGinn has also been charged with assault on a male, Brown said.

“This incident occurred on the same evening the dog incident occurred,” she said. “We believe it was later in the evening.”

Police say McGinn attended a residence on Mississaga Street and became involved in an incident.

“As a result, (he) ended up assaulting a male party and he was charged with that,” Brown said.

McGinn has been held for bail.

He was scheduled to appear in court Jan. 4 to face all charges.

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