A criminal charge of animal cruelty has been laid against a 49-year-old man, as well as three charges under the Animal Health and Protection Act, following a complaint in the Town of Winterland.
On Jan. 6, Burin Peninsula RCMP responded to a complaint and found eight dead animals — five calves, two sheep and a goat.
An investigation, supported with assistance from the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer for Newfoundland and Labrador, has since resulted in the owner of the farm being charged.
The man was arrested on Feb. 11 and appeared in court on the same date. He has been released from custody and is on strict conditions, including not being permitted to have the custody or control of any animal.
The man's next court appearance is set for March 5 at 9:30 a.m. to enter pleas to the charges.