Perth County man pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Perth County, ON (June 14, 2018) – A 47-year-old man from Perth County has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation into the treatment of cows in his care.
Ton Van Gorp pleaded guilty in a Stratford Provincial Offences Court on June 12, 2018 to causing an animal to be in distress and failing to provide for general welfare of cattle. The Justice of the Peace fined Van Gorp $1,130 for each charge.
On November 11, 2017 Ontario SPCA officers executed a warrant at Van Gorp’s farm in Perth County after receiving a concern about the welfare of cows on the property. An investigation revealed that a full-size Holstein-type cow had been lifted by the halter on her head from a skid-steer loader machine. Officers assessed the cow and found that she was not eating or chewing her cud. She also had discharge coming from her nose and was observed lying flat on her side.
The officers also discovered cows in the barn that had difficulty walking, as well as cows with open sores and lesions on their hips, necks and legs, and swelling in their legs. Many cows also appeared to be too large for the free stalls where they were being kept and did not have adequate bedding to protect them from the hard, slippery barn floor.
Ontario SPCA Orders were issued for Van Gorp to have the animals examined by a veterinarian and to follow treatment recommendations.
“If you have animals in your care, you have an ethical and legal obligation to provide the necessary requirements for those animals,” says Jennifer Bluhm, Deputy Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “We try to educate wherever possible. However, animal cruelty laws will be enforced to ensure accountability for those who fail to provide appropriate care of an animal.”
To report animal cruelty, contact the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722).
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Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario's animal welfare organization. A registered charity, the Society is comprised of close to 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.
The Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations, including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education & Animal Centre.
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