Ontario is a province that doesn’t take animal abuse lightly. Animal welfare laws became a talking point for residents back in 2019 after the provincial government announced that it would be making significant changes to how they deal with those convicted of animal cruelty. All of that becomes even more relevant when considering what happened to a horse and buggy in Woolwich Township last week.
Waterloo Regional Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a white pickup truck after paintballs were fired at a horse and buggy.
Police stated that on December 29, 2019, at around 6:00 p.m., the horse and buggy was travelling near Lions Park at Whippoorwill and Barnswallow drives in Elmira when the incident occurred.
A white truck pulled up to the incident and attacked the buggy and horse with a load of paintballs.
Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of the incident.
According to Global News, a similar incident involving a white pickup truck occurred at Floradale Parochial School in Woolwich Township a week earlier.
Police reported that the truck entered into the school’s parking at around 7:00 p.m. on December 22, 2019. Popping sounds were heard shortly after.
Investigators say someone had entered the school and used a paintball gun to vandalize the main basement room and classroom.
Police are asking anyone with any information about either incident to call 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.
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The Ontario provincial government announced back in October that they would be introducing stricter legislation to protect animals from abuse and neglect in the province, by proposing the country’s most robust penalties ever for those who hurt and neglect animals.
The Provincial Animal Welfare Services act came into effect on January 1, 2020.
"People care about the welfare of animals, and so does our government," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "We committed to creating a strong, new system to protect animals, and we have delivered on that promise."
The government is proposing much stronger punishments for offenders and a more “robust enforcement system” to ensure they are charged.