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This article was published 14/12/2010 (3232 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
WINNIPEG — Animal advocates took aim at the provincial government today, calling for the province to explain why a rural Manitoba man now facing 44 counts of animal cruelty was able to keep his animals for years.
At noon, about 40 people gathered on the steps of the legislature to demand the province take responsibility for what advocates say was a failure to investigate that case, as well as other cases of long-running animal abuse reported in communities across the province.
"I attribute the negligent actions of the provincial vet office to a lack of transparency and an apparently oppressive, archaic attitude as to what constitutes humane treatment," said Bonnie Riddell, director of a horse rescue, who organized the rally.
Riddell announced the creation of a citizen watchdog group, called EPFAC, to collect reports of animal abuse and work to ensure the province responds to complaints.
Updated on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 1:12 PM CST: Story rewritten after protest.