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Animal cruelty charge laid after 39 animals removed from Norfolk County property

Details haven't been released on the animals' conditions
(Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press)

A 63-year-old Norfolk County woman is facing an animal cruelty charge after nearly 40 animals were found, thanks to a call from a Good Samaritan.

Ontario Provincial Police determined the person had been driving on Norfolk County Road 19 East when they noticed animals in the ditch.

The driver pulled over, but was unable to find the animals' owner.

OPP responded to an animal complaint shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday and located several animals inside a home. 

That's when the Ministry of the Solicitor General Public Safety Animal Welfare Services was called in to assist.

With help from volunteers and firefighters, 27 dogs, five cats, one pig, one guinea pig, three horses and two donkeys were taken from the property.

Sixty-three-year old Jackie Parkin is facing a charge for cruelty to animals - unnecessary pain, suffering or injury.

She's set to appear at a Simcoe court at a later date.

Provincial police haven't released details on the animals' conditions and the investigation continues. 

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