pnwthc · 2021-02-24

OSPCA finds 28 dead cattle on farm

Animal cruelty investigators found 28 head of dead cattle and are seizing 24 live head in connection with an ongoing investigation at a New Tecumseth farm.

Investigators from the Alliston and District Humane Society, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and members of the Nottawasaga OPP attended the farm Tuesday afternoon (March 10).

The farm is located on the 7th Line, just east of Tottenham Road.

The animals include full-grown cattle and calves. The live animals were deemed living under distress by a veterinarian and are being removed from the farm, said Kristin Williams, a spokesperson for the OSPCA. She wouldn’t comment further on the current condition of the live animals.

"At this point we’ll wait until we get the veterinary report. We’ve sent one of the dead calves to Guelph for a necropsy, which is an animal autopsy," she said.

She said charges are currently being considered, and that so far it appears to be a case of animal neglect.

When investigators arrived on the farm, there was no apparent sign of food or fresh water, she said. There also did not appear to be any dry bedding, and there were poor sanitary conditions both inside and outside the barn.

Investigators have also removed a dog, which was seen hobbling around the farm, before being loaded into an OSPCA truck.

Williams said the investigation was prompted after a complaint from the public.