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Trenton man charged with animal cruelty

By Sean McIntosh [1]

BELLEVILLE – A Trenton man has been charged with cruelty to animals after a dog was spotted tied to an open trailer on Highway 401 in below-freezing weather.

The Loyalist detachment of the OPP [2] responded to 911 calls from concerned people last Friday reporting that a grey eastbound minivan was towing an open trailer with a dog inside it. It was -9 C without windchill at the time.

An officer found the the van and stopped it near Odessa.

The dog, which police said is believed to be a husky cross, was brought into the van after the the driver was stopped.

The officer handed the driver, a 24-year-old from Trenton, a notice to appear in provincial court on a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals [3] was called to assist in the case, police said.