Peterborough Horse Farm Investigation - Update July 2016 Ontariospca

Peterborough Horse Farm Investigation - Update July 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Peterborough, ON (July 14, 2016) – The Ontario SPCA continues to investigate a horse farm near Peterborough after receiving complaints about the care of horses on the property.

An Ontario SPCA officer and a veterinarian visited the farm on July 12, 2016 and examined all of the animals to ensure they are receiving the care they require.

“This is an ongoing investigation, which does take time,” says Steve Toy, Ontario SPCA Senior Inspector, Eastern Region. “We want to reassure the public that the horses are getting the care they require as this investigation continues.”

The Ontario SPCA’s first priority when a report of animal cruelty is presented to us is always the animals involved. We want to ensure the animals are getting the care they require, as outlined under the Ontario SPCA Act.

We want to remind the public to never try to take the law into your own hands. When the public intervenes, our investigations can be compromised. The Society thanks the public for their patience while this investigations continues.

To report a case of neglect or animal cruelty, call 310-SPCA.


The Ontario SPCA follows up on all information provided to us through cruelty complaints. During an investigation we check to ensure animals have food, water shelter, and are being provided the necessary care. The Society has the authority to remove an animal if/when the following situations have occurred:

1. An animal is in immediate distress
2. A veterinarian has recommended the removal of the animal to ensure the animal gets the care it requires
3. Ontario SPCA Act Orders have been issued but were not complied with

To clarify our authority, the Ontario SPCA Act allows the Society to investigate reports of animal cruelty. Although the Society can address the care of the animals and any concerns for those animals, we do not have the authority to decide whether a person can own an animal. Only a judge can prohibit a person from owning an animal.


Brad Dewar, Ontario SPCA
1-888-668-7722 x 349


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