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39 animals seized, three Englehart residents charged in massive animal cruelty investigation

Investigation reveals animals were lacking food and water, bedding, shelter, and/or suffering from medical neglect
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NEWS RELEASE
TIMMINS AND DISTRICT HUMANE SOCIETY
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ENGLEHART  – Three residents from the Englehart area have been charged under provincial and federal animal cruelty legislation.  One male and one female each face six counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada, as well as 26 counts of animal cruelty under the current provincial legislation. 

A second female faces two counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada plus eight counts of animal cruelty under the provincial legislation.  

On Sept. 11, 2019, the Northern Animal Welfare Unit (NAWU), currently under the umbrella of the Timmins and District Humane Society (TDHS), responded to concerns for horses and cattle without proper shelter or fencing. The animals were leaving the property and being exposed to danger, as was the case with two horses being struck and killed by motor vehicles.  

The subsequent investigation resulted in inspectors executing a search warrant on the property and finding horses, cattle, sheep and poultry suffering from poor body conditions, inappropriate shelter and bedding, unsanitary conditions, lacking appropriate food and water and/or suffering from medical neglect.  As per the provincial legislative process, the owners were ordered to take steps to alleviate the identified distress.

On Nov. 4, 2019, NAWU Inspectors executed a search warrant with a veterinarian in attendance. Due to the ongoing distress of the animals on the property and the veterinarian’s recommendation, all the animals were removed from the property.  In total, ten horses, seven cattle, twenty chickens, one  duck and one sheep were removed.  

The male and one female from the Englehart area were each charged with six counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada. The charges are as follows:

  • Three counts ~ 445.1(1)(a) Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46: did willfully cause a horse unnecessary pain, suffering and injury.

  • Three counts ~ 446(1)(b) Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46: did willfully neglect a horse, failing to provide adequate food, water and care.

The male and female were also charged with 26 counts of animal cruelty under provincial legislation.  The charges are as follows:

  • Four counts for causing an animal to be in distress. 

  • Four counts for permitting an animal to be in distress.

  • Four counts for failing to provide appropriate care for their general welfare.

  • Four counts for failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water.

  • Three counts for failing to provide appropriate shelter from the elements.

  • Three counts for failing to provide appropriate bedding.

  • Two counts for failing to provide sanitary conditions.

  • One count for failing to comply with an Ontario SPCA Order.

  • One count for failing to provide an enclosure that will not injure the animal.

The second female from Englehart area was charged with two counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada. The charges are as follows:

  • One count ~ 445.1(1)(a) Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46: did willfully cause a horse unnecessary pain, suffering and injury.

  • One count ~ 446(1)(b) Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46: did willfully neglect a horse, failing to provide adequate food, water and care.

The second female was also charged with eight counts of animal cruelty under provincial legislation. The charges are as follows:

  • One count for causing an animal to be in distress. 

  • One count for permitting an animal to be in distress.

  • One count for failing to provide appropriate care for their general welfare.

  • One count for failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water.

  • One count for failing to provide appropriate shelter from the elements.

  • One count for failing to provide appropriate bedding.

  • One count for failing to provide sanitary conditions.

  • One count for failing to comply with an Ontario SPCA Order.

The three individuals are set to appear in a Haileybury court on Jan. 9, 2020 for their provincial offences and January 7, 2020 for their Criminal Code offences.

The animals remain in the care of the NAWU, where they continue to recover with appropriate care and treatment.

“Animal protection remains an integral part of the Timmins and District Humane Society’s role in helping animals.  Overseeing the Northern Animal Welfare Unit for the northeast region, we continue to be the voice for those who have no voice”, stated Executive Director, Alicia Santamaria.  “As the province transitions to a fully functional animal welfare model, the TDHS continues to ensure that those who will abuse and/or neglect animals are held accountable for inhumane and cruel actions against animals.”

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