Canada zoo proprietor charged with animal cruelty

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A lion in an enclosure at a Quebec zoo

A Canadian zoo proprietor has been charged with legal animal cruelty and the animals on the premises are being seized by authorities.

The proprietor of the St-Édouard Zoo in Quebec faces two counts of cruelty and neglect masking over 100 animals on the zoo.

They embrace lions, tigers, zebras, bears, wolves, kangaroos and primates.

Authorities say their relocation to different amenities is predicted to take “plenty of weeks”.

The Montreal SPCA had been following up on a grievance from the general public when it launched an investigation into the zoo after a go to to the power final August.

Animal safety officers discovered “a number of important issues concerning the bodily state of the animals and their residing circumstances” and “seized two alpacas in significantly poor situation”.

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A bear seen behind an enclosure at a Quebec zoo

Additionally they discovered the carcasses of 4 animals, together with two tigers.

The zoo proprietor, Norman Trahan, was charged on Tuesday and faces as much as 5 years in jail and a lifetime ban on proudly owning an animal if discovered responsible.

The SPCA stated it believes that is the primary time in Canada a zoo proprietor has been charged with legal animal cruelty.

The raid got here simply days earlier than the zoo, about 100km (62 miles) northeast of Montreal, was to open for the season. The ability has been working for about 30 years, in accordance with its web site.

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An animal safety officer outdoors a lion enclosure

The SPCA and Humane Society Worldwide, which has expertise with mass animal rescue operations, have arrange an onsite facility to evaluate the present well being of all of the animals and see which of them may want pressing care, in addition to to doc their residing circumstances.

The organisations may even keep in touch with “a community shelters and sanctuaries” that may look after the animals that shall be faraway from the premises.

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