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Accused of the death of 14 horses, his trial s will take place without a jury

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Charlotte Bright leaving the Fredericton courthouse, February 2, 2024.

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< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">A New Brunswick woman accused of killing 14 horses chose to be tried in King's Bench without a jury.

The facts reportedly happened between February 1 and April 8, 2023.

In April, the NB-SPCA discovered 14 dead horses as part of a investigation which took place on the farm of Charlotte Bright, near Stanley. According to the organization, this is the largest number of dead horses ever discovered in the province.

Three charges have been filed against Charlotte Bright. She is notably accused of having neglected the animals and of having failed to feed them, give them water and provide them with adequate shelter and care.

She is also accused of killing, mutilating and injuring animals.

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Finally, she would have intentionally inflicted unnecessary suffering and injury on them. Each charge carries a fine of $10,000 up to five years in prison.

During her appearance Friday at the Fredericton courthouse, Charlotte Bright did not want to comment on the case. In December 2023, she told reporters that she would never intentionally harm an animal.

In reaction to this affair, the former Minister of Local Government, Daniel Allain, acknowledged that the Humane Society Act may need to be changed in order to prevent this type of event from happening. reproduce.

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The SPCA is a private charity whose role is to provide protective services, as prescribed by the Humane Society Act. (File photo)

According to Tony Porter, legislation of this kind could prevent further deaths. For example, requiring horse owners to obtain a license could allow the SPCA to know who in the province owns these animals, how many they own and where the animals are located.

Tony Porter also implores New Brunswickers who are struggling to care for their animals to contact the SPCA.

If members of the public wish to report concerns about the welfare of an animal or a case of animal cruelty, they can contact the SPCA at 1-877-722-1522.

Based on information fromLars SchwarzofCBC

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