Bracebridge woman pleads guilty to obstructing an OSPCA investigation

Bracebridge resident Jan Darley, 52, formerly of Emsdale, pleaded guilty in a Parry Sound court on October 4th to obstructing an Ontario SPCA officer during an investigation stemming from a complaint about the welfare of a horse under her care.

An Ontario SPCA officer visited a property in Emsdale on October 27, 2015 after receiving a complaint about the standards of care being provided to a horse on the property, which was being rented by Darley. Upon arrival, a chestnut mare was observed standing in a small fenced area about 20-30 feet in diameter, with mud and manure approximately a foot deep and no shelter from the elements.

Orders were served to Darley under the Ontario SPCA Act to provide adequate and appropriate shelter for the horse, including clean, dry bedding and a sanitary living environment. Officers later returned to the property to check for compliance with the Order and were unable to locate the horse on the property.

Darley refused to provide any information about the mare’s whereabouts and, according to reports received by the Ontario SPCA, had told others that she was going to “hide” the horse. Ontario SPCA officers have since located the horse, which now has new owners, and visited her at her new home to confirm she is receiving the care she requires.

Darley received a $250 fine, plus costs and surcharge, which is payable to the court.

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Friends for Life OSPCA Walk in Bracebridge raises money for animals

The sun came out for those taking part in a fundraiser this morning in Bracebridge for the OSPCA.

The annual Friends for Life Walk was held at Annie Williams Park where the goal was to raise $17,000 for animals.

Those taking part in this morning’s fundraiser which started with registration at 9am and the walk getting underway at 10am, were able to raise money both online and via pledge sheets.

Games and a BBQ were also part of the day’s festivities.

To learn more about the Muskoka OSPCA Animal Shelter, visit muskokaontariospca.on.ca

(Photo via Muskoka OSPCA on FB)