DORCHESTER — Two Middlesex County beef farmers are facing 17 animal cruelty charges following an Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) investigation.
Ontario’s animal police followed up on a tip about thin beef cattle and found 37 dead animals in various states of decay, according to an OSPCA news release.
Officers visited three other farms owned by the accused and found six downer cattle. Five were euthanized by a veterinarian.
Two Dorchester men, a 62-year-old and a 57-year-old just east of London in Middlesex County, were charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty. They are to appear in court oAug. 13.