(PRESCOTT, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Grenville County Detachment responded to a call Friday afternoon involving a horse that had fallen out of a livestock trailer while being transported on Highway 401 near Prescott.
On the afternoon of Friday July 14 2017, Grenville County OPP responded to Highway 401 eastbound in the area of Edward Street where they found an injured horse lying on the roadway. Traffic was stopped and motorists were assisting the animal. Investigation found that the horse had fallen out of an insecure door at the rear of the livestock trailer, which continued eastbound without stopping. A short time later, officers were able to locate the truck and trailer and escorted it back to the scene.
The horse was eventually able to stand up and was reloaded into the trailer and taken for a veterinarian examination.
The driver, a 61 year old Alfred, Ontario man has been charged by the OPP for Insecure Load, contrary to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which regulates the transportation of livestock on the highway, are both continuing with their investigations.
While the OPP and its traffic safety partners remain committed to saving lives on our roads, drivers, passengers and the general public play important roles in contributing to safer roads. This includes ensuring all of your cargo is safely stowed and secure while operating any vehicle on the highway.