Brant OPP lays charges following cruelty to animal complaints about video

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Three Brantford residents face animal cruelty charges after a video of the acts was posted on social media.

The County of Brant Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received numerous complaints of a video being posted showing animal cruelty in Burford on Saturday, June 15.

OPP investigators found that someone had posted a video of them driving out of the City of Brantford into the Burford area with a possum that they had trapped. The video does eventually show the possum being killed.

Police have identified the involved parties and have charged them with the following offences under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Romaine Lee, 30, of Brantford has been charged with cruelty to animals, possession of a firearm, causing wildlife unnecessary suffering and transporting wildlife unlawfully contrary to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Jade Martins, 25, of Brantford has been charged with cruelty to animals, causing wildlife unnecessary suffering and transporting wildlife unlawfully.

Kaius Fagan, 20, of Brantford has been charged with cruelty to animals, causing wildlife unnecessary suffering and transporting wildlife unlawfully.

All the involved parties will appear in Brantford court at a later date to answer to their charges.

Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.crimestoppers-brant.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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