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Animal cruelty charges laid against two West Grey residents

Seven horses were found living in squalor conditions by Ontario SPCA investigators.
Seven horses were found living in squalor conditions by Ontario SPCA investigators. Global News file photo

Two people are facing animal cruelty charges after horses in their care were found to be severely neglected.

The farm, near Hanover, was searched by Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) investigators back in January, and seven horses were found living in squalor conditions.

The horses were all found with manure-matted coats and were confined to wet manure filled stalls inside the barn.   Six of the horses were also found to be underweight.

As a result of the investigation, Ontario SPCA compliance orders were issued to address the concerns identified by the investigators. A 57-year-old man and 54-year-old woman from the Municipality of West Grey have been charged with animal cruelty.

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The accused are both facing charges of 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.

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They are due in a Walkerton courtroom 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 of 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).