Horse owner guilty of cru­elty to an­i­mals

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION - EX­AM­INER STAFF

A Min­den Hills woman has been found guilty of an­i­mal cru­elty af­ter an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers found four horses con­fined with­out food, wa­ter or hay.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors from the On­tario SPCA found the an­i­mals March 2 af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port about horses in trou­ble. They found them in a small, fenced area, and noted that the hip bones of one of the horses were pro­trud­ing from un­der a blan­ket.

A vet­eri­nary ex­am­i­na­tion found that all four horses were in poor con­di­tion, with one de­scribed as “ema­ci­ated.” They had lice, un­treated wounds and poor hoof care, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the OSPCA.

They were taken from the prop­erty and treated be­fore three were placed in homes with proper care. A fourth, and a goal born af­ter the horses were seized, will soon be avail­able for adop­tion.

Shauna Hie was con­victed Jan. 4 of per­mit­ting dis­tress to an an­i­mal in On­tario Court of Jus­tice in Lind­say. She was sen­tenced to 10-year pro­hi­bi­tion on ow­ing or car­ing for any equine an­i­mals and was or­dered to pay $2,000 in resti­tu­tion to the On­tario SPCA.

“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,” stated Alison Green, se­nior in­spec­tor, On­tario SPCA, in a press re­lease. “There will be con­se­quences un­der the law if you fail to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate care for your an­i­mals or if you fail to take steps to al­le­vi­ate an an­i­mal’s suf­fer­ing.”

To re­port an­i­mal cru­elty, call the OSPCA’s provincewide hot­line at 310-SPCA or 1-888-668-7722, ext. 327. Re­ports can also be made via email at cru­elty@ospca.on.ca, or at lo­cal OSPCA or Hu­mane So­ci­ety branches.

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