West Grey horse owners charged with animal cruelty

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – West Grey, ON (March 15, 2018) – A 57-year-old man and 54-year-old woman from the Municipality of West Grey have been charged with animal cruelty following an investigation relating to horses in their care.

On January 23, 2018 Ontario SPCA investigators executed an Ontario SPCA Act search warrant at a property in the Municipality of West Grey after receiving a concern about the welfare of horses at that location.

Officers located seven horses with manure-matted coats that were confined to wet, manure-filled stalls inside a barn. Six of the horses were also underweight. OSPCA compliance orders were issued to address the concerns identified by the investigators and provide the horses with the care required.

The accused have been jointly charged with causing distress to an animal, permitting distress to an animal, failure to provide adequate food and water, failure to provide sanitary conditions and failure to provide care necessary for general welfare. They are due to appear in a Provincial Offences Court in Walkerton on May 1, 2018.

“With resources available to help people who are unable to care for their pets, there really is no excuse when it comes to neglecting to care for your animals,” says Bonnie Bishop, Senior Inspector – Farm Animal Welfare, Ontario SPCA. “If you find yourself unable to provide proper care for your animals, contact your local Ontario SPCA Animal Centre or Humane Society to discuss resources and options.”

To report animal cruelty, contact the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722).



Melissa Kosowan
Ontario SPCA

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