The Ottawa Humane Society will have its first case proceed to trial in the new year since the provincial animal cruelty act came into effect in March.
A Navan-area farmer was charged with animal cruelty after OHS inspectors found a sheep, rabbits, chickens and ducks on a property without adequate shelter, food or water.
Inspectors also found a nine-year-old Rottweiler-type dog with an apparent injury to its right hind leg. The agent issued orders to have the dog seen by a veterinarian, but the farmer opted to surrender the dog to the OHS instead. A veterinarian later humanely euthanized the dog, due to the extent of its injuries and overall health.
Last week, inspectors charged the man in relation to the livestock.
The trial for Maurice Mouawad, 54, is scheduled for Jan. 5.