Man Charged After Horse Falls Out While Driving on 401

A 61 year old man has been charged with animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA  Act following an incident in which a horse fell out of a moving livestock trailer on the 401.

The incident occurred July 14th  when a trailer was being towed on the highway just east of Prescott and the horse fell out through an open door.

The mare was injured, but survived, and the OSPCA says she is responding well to treatment.

The animal welfare agency says the unidentified man has been charged with causing distress to an animal and failing to transport the horse in a manner that ensures its physical safety and general welfare.

He is due to appear in a provincial court in Brockville on September 13th.