Guide outfitter who abandoned horses pleads guilty to cruelty
December 7, 2009
Frank McKay, a lawyer, appeared in Prince George provincial court Friday to plead guilty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to causing or permitting an animal to be in distress.
In addition to paying restitution, McKay was also handed a $1,000-fine and a $150-victim surcharge, banned from owning animals in B.C. for two years and ordered to undergo counselling. His statement, which was read in court, will be published in the Robson Valley Sentinel. McKay has also been placed on probation for one year, and a copy of the court orders will be given to the Alberta SPCA.
“We are so pleased that Mr. McKay is finally being held accountable for his inactions,” says Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations. “Abandoning horses in winter to fare for themselves is illegal and cruel. There is no excuse for his failure to properly look after his horses. He had the knowledge, the ability and the money to assist these horses and yet he gave up. Thank goodness the many volunteers and constables in this case did not.”
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.