Fourteen charges of animal cruelty were levelled against an Ontario fur farm last week following an undercover investigation by an animal advocacy group.
As reported by the Toronto Star, American-based Last Chance for Animals sent a worker undercover at the fur farm in February 2017. Their findings were turned over to the Ontario SPCA, whose own investigation revealed “sick animals with injuries and large lesions, as well as rough handling of animals, unsanitary conditions and a lack of general care” according to a press release.
In 2014 The Fur-Bearers obtained disturbing footage from inside fur farms in Ontario. The footage was provided to the Ontario SPCA but charges were never laid.
The Ontario SPCA charges in the LC4A case include:
- 5 counts of permitting an animal to be in distress
- 2 counts of causing an animal to be in distress
- 3 counts of failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention
- 3 counts of failing to provide care necessary for general welfare
- 1 count of failing to provide adequate and appropriate sanitary conditions
None of the charges have been proven in court. The owners of the farm are due in court July 18.
The Fur-Bearers will continue to monitor this case and provide updates as they become available.