Langton man charged with animal cruelty after more than a thousand pigs found dead

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Langton, ON (June 21, 2017) – A 27-year-old Langton man has been charged with eight counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation into the death of over a thousand pigs in his care. On February 17, 2017, Ontario SPCA officers attended a pig farm in Langton, located approximately 80 kilometres southeast of London, after receiving a concern about the welfare of pigs on the property. Upon entering a manure-filled barn in total darkness, the officers discovered dead and dying pigs, with no access to food. The Ontario SPCA officers, with the assistance of two veterinarians and a representative of Ontario Pork, moved the surviving animals to a dry, well-lit area of the barn where they could be triaged. An estimated 1,265 pigs were dead when officers arrived and an additional 250 pigs had to be euthanized on-site due to the severe condition in which they were found. The accused, who now resides in Tavistock, is set to appear in a Norfolk County Provincial Offences Court on June 22, 2017 to answer to eight counts of animal cruelty. He has been charged with one count of causing distress to an animal, one count of permitting an animal to be in distress and six counts of failing to comply with prescribed standards of care. “There is no excuse for not providing the proper care your animals require,” says Bonnie Bishop, Senior Inspector – Farm Animal Welfare, Ontario SPCA. “Failure to do so can have serious legal consequences.” If you see an animal in distress, or suspect animal cruelty, call 310-SPCA (7722) to report it to the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty reporting centre. ## MEDIA CONTACT Kallie Milleman Ontario SPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre kmilleman@ospca.on.ca289-383-5639 Ontario SPCA and Humane Society: Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity 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. 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. Adopt • Learn • Volunteer • Donate Charitable Business Number 88969 1044 RR0002
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