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Accused of the death of 14 horses, she will be tried without a jury

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Charlotte Bright leaving the palace of justice in Fredericton, February 2, 2024.


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A New Brunswick woman accused of killing 14 horses has chosen to be tried in King's Bench without a jury.

The events allegedly happened between February 1 and April 8, 2023.

In April, the NB SPCA discovered 14 dead horses during an investigation at the Charlotte Bright farm near Stanley. According to the organization, this is the largest number of dead horses ever discovered in the province.

Three charges were laid against Charlotte Bright. She is notably accused of having neglected the animals and of having failed to feed them, give them water and offer them adequate shelter and care.

She is also accused of killing, mutilating and injuring animals.

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Ultimately, she would have intentionally inflicted unnecessary pain and injury on them. Each charge carries a fine of $10,000 up to five years in prison.

During her appearance Friday at the Fredericton courthouse, Charlotte Bright did not want to comment on the case. In December 2023, she told reporters that she would never intentionally harm an animal.

In reaction to this affair, the former Minister of Local Government, Daniel Allain, recognized that the Humane Society Act might need to be changed in order to prevent this type of situation. #x27;event does not happen again.

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The SPCA is a private charity whose role is to provide protective services, as prescribed by the Humane Society Act. (File photo)

According to Tony Porter, legislation like this could prevent further deaths. For example, requiring horse owners to obtain a license could allow the SPCA to know who in the province owns these animals, how many they own and where the animals are located.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Tony Porter also implores New Brunswickers who are struggling to care for their pets to contact the SPCA.

If members of the public wish to report concerns about the welfare of an animal or a case of animal cruelty, they can contact the SPCA at 1 -877-722-1522.

Based on information from < /em>Lars Schwarz de CBC

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116