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CONVICTED: Was justice served?
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Wednesday, Dec 6, 2000
Defendant/Suspect: Keneth Roland Burgess
On November 26, Keneth Roland Burgess of Tay Township, near Midland, was found guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice of failing to provide adequate food, water and care for his pigs.
The case against Mr. Burgess began on December 6, 2000 when the Ontario SPCA Midland Branch received a complaint stating that on Mr. Burgess' property there were three sows which appeared to be thin and weak, and with no food available to them. The Ontario SPCA Inspector responding to the complaint found that two of the pigs were lethargic and emaciated, while the third one was skinny but mobile.
A veterinarian called to the property by the Inspector determined that two of the pigs should be euthanized on site due to their extreme emaciation and that the third pig was to be removed for proper husbandry.
Mr. Burgess's conviction included two years probation with the stipulation that he seek counseling and not be allowed to own pigs during the two-year period. He was also ordered to pay $400 to the Ontario SPCA Midland Branch for the expenses incurred in euthanizing the two sows and caring for the third.