The Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has charged a Delia cattle farmer.
They were charged with three offences under the Animal Protection Act including causing an animal to be in distress; failure to provide an animal with adequate food and water; and failure to provide adequate care for an animal that is wounded or ill.
In early December, the SPCA were given a public complaint about this farm so a search warrant was executed with police presence to keep the peace.
When they arrived they found that the majority of the 210 animals found on the property were ‘in distress’ with the investigators able to move all of them to a safe location within the region that the SPCA partners with.
A handful of the animals on site were found already dead.
The cattle that remained have since been dispersed at auction.
The proceeds from that would be used to cover SPCA’s costs for transporting the cattle, and the vet care and boarding of them until the sale.
Any proceeds in excess of that would have been given to the owner.
These charges carry substantial weight as they can hold up to $20,000 fines and a lifetime ban from owning animals.
The first court appearance will be on March 27, 2020 in Drumheller Provincial Court.