Durham Police are investigating allegations of animal cruelty at a farm north of Oshawa.
On Tuesday, police say the investigation began after a deceased cow was found at the farm, on Regional Road 19 in Scugog.
“We have a local Veterinary attending tonight to assist with checking on the health of these animals,” said Durham police.
They also said an investigator from the Animal Welfare Operations Unit would be attending to assist.
Their investigation also began following a video of the farm’s conditions surfaced on social media.
The video, posted by Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary and shared below, showed pigs covered in mud, animals tied up, and bones on the property.
The narrator of the video, which has been viewed over 100,000 times, also alleged there was no source of water for the animals.
Durham police said they would have an update on the situation once they receive more information.
“The health and welfare of these animals are paramount and we are working with our local agricultural partners and the community,” they said.
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Earlier this year, the OSPCA announced it would no longer enforce animal welfare legislation.
Since then, a new, 24-hour, animal-cruelty hotline was launched.
According to the office of the Ontario’s Solicitor General, the province’s interim animal protection model is meant “to keep animals safe as the province transitions to a new system that is more robust, transparent, and accountable.”
The public can report animal welfare concerns by calling 1-833-9ANIMAL, and calls will be triaged and dispatched for response by the most appropriate local entity.