A case of horse negligence is currently being investigated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec. There are three animals’ cases to investigate; two of them are horses and the third is a dog.
This all took place at Deschambault-Grondines. One of the horses and the dog were put down and the second horse was almost dead from starvation. This situation was denounced when citizens contacted the authorities – the local police, La Sûreté du Québec.
Marie Labrecque is the one who greeted the police when they arrived. She showed them to a horse lying on the ground, visibly exhausted due to lack of food.
They had no other choice but to put down that horse as well, and then took it away on a tractor.
This is definitely a terrible situation. After all, a horse was carried away on a tractor’s shovel because it was thrown away like an old rag!
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec then paid a visit to the animals’ owner, Patrick Turcotte, who lives just in front of where the last horse had been found.
They immediately spotted three more horses were obviously mistreated as well. One of them was already dead. They were the ones who put down the dog as well, right after seeing how he was mistreated as well.
When asked to speak up about what he did, Patrick Turcotte refused to comment.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec then took the remaining animals on Patrick Turcotte’s property to another location. Someone else had to take care of them. There was no way they would let him care for any more animals.
Louise Brancheau is the one who volunteered to do it. She says that it breaks her heart to see how these poor beasts were treated by their former owner. She has also intervened in another case of abuse, but unfortunately, she was no able to save any of them. This time, however, she can care for a few of them and is glad the intervention happened in time to save a few of them.
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