Man. Ag, RCMP find “severe neglect” in hog barn

Manitoba’s chief veterinary officer is investigating a hog farm in south-central Manitoba where provincial ag officials and RCMP have found “clear evidence of severe neglect” involving at least hundreds of hogs.

The investigation comes after Manitou RCMP paid a visit Friday morning to the farm in the Rural Municipality of Lorne, about 65 km south of Portage la Prairie.

According to RCMP Monday, members of a local colony had reported to police they were “denied access” to about 2,000 of their hogs that were boarded at the farm.

RCMP, with colony members, then entered a hog barn at the farm where “clear evidence of severe neglect was observed,” police said Monday.

“A large number of hogs were found deceased and decomposing in the barn.”

Officials from the provincial ag department were then called to attend, RCMP said, noting the matter will be investigated from here on by the office of the province’s chief veterinary officer, Wayne Lees.

A CBC reporter visiting the farm and quoting provincial officials reported up to 500 dead animals were later removed from the barn, a further 160 animals had to be euthanized, and over 2,000 more animals rescued.

CBC’s Lyndsay Duncombe quoted a representative from a nearby colony that sells feed to the farm as saying he hadn’t received a feed order from the farm in some time, adding that when he visited the farm, the feed bins were “full.”

A photo from the farm on the broadcaster’s website depicts hog limbs “strewn in the yard.”

RCMP said Monday they will “provide assistance as required,” but did not say whether any charges were pending.

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