Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Who Left 1,500 Pigs to Die Banned for Life from Owning or Caring for Animals

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Who Left 1,500 Pigs to Die Banned for Life from Owning or Caring for Animals

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Man sentenced in deaths of 1,500 pigs

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SIMCOE, Ont. - A Tavistock, Ont., man has been banned for life from owning or caring for animals after pleading guilty in the deaths of more than 1,500 pigs.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Ben Stein, 28, pleaded guilty on Jan. 18 to four counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced on Thursday in Simcoe, Ont., court.

Ontario SPCA officers went to a pig farm in Langton, Ont., on Feb. 17, 2017, after receiving a concern about the welfare of pigs on the property.

The say the officers found dead and dying pigs, and moved the surviving animals to a dry, well-lit area of the barn where they could be triaged.

An estimated 1,265 pigs were dead when officers arrived and an additional 250 pigs had to be euthanized due to the severe condition in which they were found. …

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