Animal cruelty charge laid after 39 animals seized from Norfolk County home

A 63-year-old woman has been charged with animal cruelty after provincial police seized 39 animals from a Norfolk County home.

In total, 27 dogs, five cats, three horses, two donkeys, one guinea pig and one pig were found at the address on Norfolk County Road 19 East.

Acting Sergeant Ed Sanchuk confirmed to CTV News police were called to the scene around 11 a.m. on Sunday after a motorist passing by noticed several animals in a ditch off the roadway and was unable to find their owner.

Police have not provided details on the animals’ conditions, but Sanchuk said the Ministry of the Solicitor General Animal Welfare Services was also called in to investigate.

"It is expected additional animals will be removed throughout Monday. Due to the fluid nature of this situation, Animal Welfare Services cannot provide exact numbers of removed animals at this time. Given the OPP has filed criminal charges in this matter and because of the ongoing police and Animal Welfare Services engagement, we are unable to provide further details at this time," reads a statement to CTV News Kitchener from Brent Ross, a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

The investigation is ongoing.

The #OPP and @ONsafety Public Safety Animal Welfare Services have seized 27 dogs, 5 cats, 3 horses, 2 donkeys, 1 guinea pig and 1 pig from an address on Norfolk County Rd 19 E. A 63 y/o @NorfolkCountyCA has been charged with cruelty to animals. Updates to follow. #NorfolkOPP ^es pic.twitter.com/hySHJJRFxd

— OPP West Region (@OPP_WR) May 1, 2022