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Hog barn animal cruelty case remanded

Glen Hallick

The owners of a Notre Dame de Lourdes area hog barn were back in a Winnipeg courtroom on Feb. 3.

Martin and Dolores Grenier are facing charges of animal cruelty stemming from investigations by the Office of the Chief Veterianian Officer and the RCMP.

The Greniers' lawyer Michael Radcliffe said the legal process is a long one.

"It will be a long time before this is resolved," he said.

Remanded Until March

Radcliffe added the case has been remanded until early March and it could be several weeks or a few months after that before the Greniers enter a plea.

In June authorities discovered several hundred hogs out of 2,400 in a barn owned by the Greniers were dead and many more hogs were in very poor health. Most of the animals were owned by the Elkhorn-area Plainview Hutterite Colony.

Last fall the Notre Dame couple were charged with 23 offences under provincial animal care legislation. Each of the charges carry a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine, six months in jail or both.

And then prior to Christmas six charges under the Criminal Code of Canada were laid against Martin Grenier. These are also in connection to animal cruelty and come with fines of up to $10,000, and/or jail time ranging between six to 18 months.