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Woman faces 44 criminal charges for cruelty to farm animals

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A 48-year-old woman from Heatherton, in western Newfoundland, faces a colossal number of criminal charges for mistreatment of animals on his farm.

Corporal Jolene Garland, of the RCMP, reports that police officers were first dispatched to the farm on April 12, 2022. They assessed that the animals on site were neglected and subjected to cruel treatment.

Several goats were found dead. Other animals appeared to be suffering from severe malnutrition and abuse.

A quote from RCMP Corporal Jolene Garland

Many animals did not receive adequate paw care, points out Jolene Garland. Some could no longer walk.

When the police are faced with a case of animal cruelty, two options are possible. Charges against the individual may be laid under the Health of Animals Act, and the matter will be handled outside of the criminal justice system. The police may also choose to lay charges under the Canadian Criminal Code. The accused is then subject to more severe sanctions and a criminal record is opened on him.

In the case of the Heatherton farm, investigators estimated that the severity of the animal abuse warranted 44 criminal charges, says Jolene Garland.

It’s completely unusual, notes the corporal. For a person to be the subject of such a large number of charges under the Criminal Code is not normal.

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The surviving animals were taken care of by animal health experts from the provincial Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture.

The accused woman of abuse will appear in Stephenville provincial court on Monday.

According to the report of Ryan Cooke and of Bernice Hillier, from 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