Montreal Man Receives One of the Harshest Animal Cruelty Sentences Ever Handed Down

Marc-Antoine Côté, a man from Montreal, has been sentenced to sixteen months in prison––one of the harshest animal cruelty sentences ever handed down in Quebec. He was charged with throwing a cat off his balcony, causing her death, and for causing injuries to his dog that resulted in the animal's death. The Investigations Division of the Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal collaborated on the investigation, resulting in Côté's arrest in October 2022. He pleaded guilty to the charges and is now banned from owning animals for life.