Plateau property owner convicted of animal cruelty after trapping a skunk and leaving it to suffer

A Plateau Mont-Royal building owner has been convicted of animal cruelty after trapping a skunk in the borough and leaving the animal to agonize and die - it's believed to be the first such conviction in Canada related to the trapping of urban wildlife.

The SPCA says Gaetan Bouchard was sentenced to a one-year probation and a 500$ fine. He also had to pay the SPCA $149 in damages.

The incident was reported last March after a passer-by reported seeing the skunk in the trap late at night.

An SPCA patroller tried unsuccessfully to free the skunk which had to be euthanized due to the extent of her injuries.