Shannonville woman convicted of animal cruelty

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV
Shannonville woman convicted of animal cruelty

A Shannonville woman has been banned from owning livestock for 10 years after being convicted on three counts of animal cruelty.

In June 2016 the Ontario SPCA was contacted about emaciated horses at a Shannonville property.

Investigators found two extremely thin horses with their hips, ribs and spines protruding.

The animals were also living in poor conditions with no food or water.

As a result Catherine Lachapelle, 56 was charged with permitting distress, failing to provide adequate food and water and failing to provide medical attention to her horses.

Lachapelle pleaded guilty to the charges on Monday.

In addition to the livestock ban, she was also placed on two years probation.

The OSPCA says that after several months of care both horses have recovered.

One has been adopted and the other is awaiting adoption.

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