Marineland charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly mistreating peacocks, bears, and guinea hens

, Ont. — Ontario’s animal welfare agency has laid five animal cruelty .

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the charges against the Niagara Falls, Ont., amusement park relate to , guinea hens and black bears.

The OSPCA say the charges were laid after an into a complaint received earlier this month.

Marineland faces one count of permitting a to be in distress, one count of failing to with of care for a peacock and two counts for failing to comply with of care for guinea hens.

The facility also faces one count for failing to comply with the of care for about 35 American black bears, including failing to provide adequate and appropriate food and water for them.

The OSPCA says it didn’t remove any animals as part of its investigation, but will continue to monitor the animals as the investigation continues.

It also says further charges are expected.

of animal cruelty are taken very seriously,” said senior OSPCA inspector Steve Toy in a statement. “When we receive of cruelty that involve wildlife or exotic animals, we will utilize our experts as well as industry experts to assist us with our investigation.”

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