Four more horses have been found dead on a farm in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario where renters were charged with animal cruelty last week - resulting in a confirmed death count of 13.
The boarding business operated there, Speedsport Stables, was run by Victoria and David Small, and their 32-year-old Jason, all of whom are now facing animal cruelty charges.
The charges include allowing an animal to be in distress, failing to provide care necessary for general welfare, and failing to provide adequate food - with equine veterinarian Oscar Calvete pointing to signs of starvation.
During the initial investigation, 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."
In addition to the confirmed losses, Speedsport Stables client Marie-France Anagnostopoulos says that one of her horses died in the Smalls' care and that another went missing.
Anagnostopoulos was reportedly told that her deceased horse, Constantina, became ill and was put down as per veterinary advice and that another, Go Gin, had simply disappeared.
Both were classified by Anagnostopoulos as broodmares, horses kept for the purpose of breeding.
She said: "I feel stupid and I'm disgusted."
"I'm an animal lover, you know, a horse gets hurt and I feel upside down, inside out, so I can't even reconcile the fact that they would bury horses or that they would have contributed to so many deaths."
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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