A McLeese Lake area rancher has been charged under
the Criminal Code of Canada and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act) for neglect
and cruelty. Despite repeated warnings, Rob Weetman ignored
recommendations concerning the proper
care, housing and feeding of a herd of beef cattle. Of approximately
170 head, nearly 40 starved to death, and 130 were severely emaciated.
Weetman will make a first appearance at the Williams Lake courthouse
a joint investigation, constables from the BC SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigation Department, Williams Lake RCMP with a RCMP Livestock
Constable and the BC Conservation Service executed a Warrant to Search
after Mr. Weetman failed to comply with orders requiring him to provide
adequate care for his cattle.
“This is one of the saddest cases
of animal neglect we’ve seen in this area,” says BC SPCA Special
Constable Kent Kokoska. “We found dead cattle strewn around the ranch,
as well as cows so starved their hips, backs, and ribs were protruding.
Some of the animals were dehydrated because they couldn’t get to a
nearby creek to drink because Weetman had neglected to clear a path in
Photo caption: Animal cruelty charges have been laid against Williams Lake rancher Rob Weetman concerning the proper care, housing
and feeding of a herd of beef cattle.
Kokoska, RCMP Constable Colin Champagne and other
witnesses observed a pile of dead cows in the same field where they
would normally graze as well as a stillborn calf left lying in the
creek which was the animals' water source. Necropsies revealed that
three of the dead animals were so emaciated due to improper feeding that
their fat stores has been completely depleted.
Mr. Weetman could face a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail and/or a
$10,000 fine and a lifetime ban on owning animals.
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