SPCA charges laid after horse falls from trailer on Highway 401

PRESCOTT – A driver is facing animal cruelty charges in relation to a case last month where a horse fell from a livestock trailer on Highway 401.

The Ontario SPCA concluded its investigation this week, charging an Alfred, Ont. man with causing distress to an animal and failing ensure the welfare of an animal.

The 61-year-old man, who was not named by the SPCA or the O.P.P., will appear in a Brockville Provincial Offences Act court on Sept. 13.

The man was initially charged by Grenville County O.P.P. with having an insecure load.

Drivers along Highway 401 were startled Friday, July 14, 2017 after the mare tumbled from a trailer, landing in the eastbound lanes of the freeway near the Edward Street exit at Prescott.

The horse survived its injuries and is “responding well to treatment” from a veterinarian, the humane society said.

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