Nine horses have been found dead at a farm in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario only a day after the property's three renters were charged with animal cruelty.
The charges against the renters were laid by the OSPCA after 14 horses and one pony were discovered on the property, emaciated in appearance.
The nine dead horses were dug up as part of the investigation that followed.
The bodies were originally discovered by neighbor Louise Leifer, and her dog Jax.
Leifer said one mound of dirt on the property drew Jax's attention, and she quickly realized that there were animals buried there.
She added: “All the body parts were kind of hanging out."
Property owner Michael Cheung said: "This is quite horrifying.
"I want people to see what they have done."
Equine veterinarian Oscar Calvete said he'd found blood on the property - and presented further evidence of the animal's mistreatment.
He said: "You can see all over the place that the fence has been chewed down and that they just didn't have any other choice, that they tried to survive on something."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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