WRPS Lay Multiple Charges in Kitchener Investigation Including Arson and Cruelty to Animals

By: Kw Now Local News
| Published 04/21/2022

Multiple Charges in Kitchener Investigation Including Arson and Cruelty to Animals
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WRPS Lay Multiple Charges in Kitchener Investigation

'Four dogs and two cats were rescued from burning residence - one cat perished as a result of intentionally set fire.'

Waterloo Region, Ontario – Police have laid multiple criminal charges after an investigation in Kitchener.

On April 19, 2022, at approximately 9:50 a.m., police responded to a call for service at a residence in the area of Holborn Drive and Old Chicopee Drive.

Through investigation, police determined there were grounds to arrest a male party present in the home. As officers from WPRS’ Emergency Response Team (ERT) attempted to arrest the male, he became increasingly assaultive, setting a fire inside the home. The male was subsequently arrested by the ERT.

The Kitchener Fire Department attended the residence and extinguished the fire. There were no physical injuries reported as a result of this incident.

Four dogs and two cats were rescued from the residence and one cat perished as a result of the fire. The surviving animals were taken to an emergency veterinary clinic for treatment.

As a result of the investigation, a 38-year-old Kitchener male was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Assault with a weapon
  • Arson - disregard for human life
  • Arson - damage to property
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Possession of incendiary material
  • Killing or injuring animals
  • Mischief under $5,000
  • Breach of probation
  • Fail to comply with judicial release (four counts)

The male remains in custody.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.