A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled in favour of the BC SPCA in a dispute over the seizure of 28 thin and emaciated horses and 39 terrier mix dogs and puppies last year. The BC SPCA seized the animals following an animal cruelty investigation on a property near Vernon.
"The animals were clearly in distress and the accused made little to no attempt over the course of several months to relieve their suffering," said Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the BC SPCA. "We issued a number of orders to improve their care, and instead the animals continued to decline." The animals have been in SPCA care since September 2009.
In December 2009, Crown counsel approved multiple charges of animal cruelty against Carla Christman under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code. Christman was also charged with obstruction and assault on a peace officer.
"Christman brought forward an application to dispute the SPCA's handling of the case, but in a judgment this week Madam Justice Ker concluded that the search warrant was properly issued and that the BC SPCA acted appropriately in seizing the horses and dogs," said Moriarty. "Madame Justice Ker also ruled that the decision of the BC SPCA not to return the horses and dogs was reasonable. As a result we are now able to adopt out the animals to loving homes."
Individuals interested in adopting the terrier mix dogs are invited to visit the adoptable animals search to view these animals at the Vernon, Kelowna and Shuswap branches.
Those interested in adopting one of the horses, which can also be viewed through our adoptable animals search should fill out an application form to be pre-approved for adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of these animals, please learn more about our 5 Steps to Adoption and email the large animal application form to Marcie Moriarty, GM Cruelty Investigations.
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View our original press release from October, 2009.
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Photo captions: Australian terriers seized by SPCA investigators from Carla Christman's property.
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.