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Éric Dame charged in relation to Pont Rouge, Que., veal farm abuse

12/16/2014 10:09 EST | Updated 02/15/2015 05:59 EST
A former worker on a Pont Rouge, Que., veal farm, Éric Dame, has been charged with two offences under the provincial animal protection act after an investigation by the Montreal SPCA.

Dame could be fined up to $37,000 if found guilty.

The Montreal SPCA started investigating the farm after a formal complaint was lodged by the organization Mercy For Animals.

Using hidden cameras, the organization filmed calves living in excrement and tiny stalls, and staff kicking and screaming at the animals.

You can watch that video – which is, at times, very disturbing – here.

The Montreal SPCA said it's pleased someone has been charged, but said more needs to be done to help animals.

“While we welcome the fact that this has raised public awareness of the plight of this province’s farm animals, we believe this case also demonstrates how a reform of the law is needed to better protect the animals,” said Alanna Devine, director of animal welfare at the Montreal SPCA.

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