The owner of a fur farm in Quebec’s Montérégie region has been charged with six counts of animal cruelty in what is being a called a first in Canada.
The Montreal Society for the Protection of Animals (SPCA) has charged Jean-Luc Rodier, owner of Visons JNJ Inc. He could face up to 18 months in prison and $10,000 in fines for each charge if convicted. The charges stem from the alleged neglect of 10,000 mink, 90 foxes and two dogs held at the facility and include willfully causing unnecessary pain and suffering and willfully neglecting food, water, shelter and care.
The SPCA first visited the farm with veterinarians last May after receiving a complaint and, at that time, euthanized several foxes “as they were suffering and had no chance of recovery.” Two dogs were also seized.
Rodier had a previous animal cruelty charge from 1996 in relation to a dog breeding business.
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