Animal cruelty charges laid after 260 animals removed from Kawartha Lakes farm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Kawartha Lakes, ON (November 28, 2016) – A rural property owner from Kawartha Lakes, ON has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act stemming from an investigation that led to the removal of 260 animals from the Eastern Ontario property.
An Ontario SPCA investigator responded to a complaint in late August about a sheep tangled in baler twine. The officer discovered emaciated animals on the property that had no food or water and were living amongst dangerous debris. A veterinarian was brought in to examine the animals, some of which were limping or too weak to stand.
On September 1, 2016 the Ontario SPCA executed a warrant, removing 260 animals from the property for non-compliance with Orders issued under the Ontario SPCA Act. The seizure included 128 sheep, 82 goats, three alpacas, 14 pigeons, four rabbits, five cows, nine ducks and 15 chickens.
A 47-year-old man has been charged with the following:
- Permitting an animal to be in distress
- Failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water
- Failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention
- Failing to provide the care necessary for an animal’s general welfare
The accused will appear on November 30, 2016, at Provincial Offences court in Lindsay, ON.
“There is no excuse to let an animal go without proper care or veterinary medical attention,” says Bonnie Bishop, Senior Inspector – Farm Animal Welfare, Ontario SPCA. “If you see an animal in distress, please contact 310-SPCA immediately.”
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:
Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.
Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.
Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.
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