Westport Man Pleads Guilty to Five Counts of Animal Cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - WESTPORT, ON (October 6, 2014) – On September 10, 2014, James Blair, of Westport, Ontario, pled guilty to five counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.
On April 3, 2014, a red /white face beef cow was observed at the Ottawa Livestock Exchange. Once the cow was examined by an Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) appointed veterinarian, it was found that both of the cow’s horns were grown into both sides of its face.
The horn on the left side of the head was grown into the orbit of the left eye. The horn on the right side of the head was grown into the soft tissue on the right side of the face.
Under the direction of a veterinarian the cow was humanely euthanized.
On April 21, 2014, an Ontario SPCA Officer and a representative of Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) attended the property of James Blair in Westport, Ontario. Mr. Blair admitted to shipping three cows to the sales barn on April 3, 2014, including the one with the horns grown into the face.
Mr. Blair stated the cow was approximately 10 years old and that he noticed the horns growing into the face approximately two years ago. Mr. Blair stated the cow was in good shape and was eating so he thought she was fine. Mr. Blair was sentenced to a lifetime prohibition from caring for, living with or owning an animal with the exception of fowl and the dog currently in his possession.
Mr. Blair was also ordered to pay $500 fine. “The Ontario SPCA works closely with agencies like OMAFRA and with our commodity groups like Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) to address concerns for the welfare of animals,” says Steve Toy, Senior Inspector.
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