Jerome dies at Mountain View Conservation Centre.

Driver said Criminal Code charges are likely, but the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act charges are also possible. A necropsy will be completed on Jerome, which will inform the level of charge considered, she said.

Driver said Mountain View’s veterinarian for the procedure Friday, Dr. Bruce Burton, “did his best” to keep Jerome alive.

The SPCA is also trying to find out how two other Masai giraffes, an adult and a baby, died in a December cold snap, and is investigating other allegations of animal abuse and neglect made by former and current staff.

Todd Streu, who speaks for 30 current and former workers at Mountain View, said: “The staff is mortified because Jerome’s death could have been avoided. They knew for months prior to the [SPCA] order that he needed veterinary care, but didn’t get it.”


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