Some 49 Horses Have Been Removed From Distress Since October
It’s the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese Zodiac, and British Columbia’s SPCA is hoping 2014 will bring better news for BC’s horses.
Since late October, BC SPCA cruelty investigators have removed some 49 horses from distress at properties throughout the province. Many of the horses seized were badly neglected and/or starving – and some were shockingly malnourished.
Primarily, the horses removed have been generated by five investigations, including: 10 horses in the Grand Forks area, 13 horses in the Vernon area, seven horses in the Williams Lake area, three horses in the Chilliwack area and 12 horses in the Lower Nicola area.
The cruelty investigations and any potential recommendation of charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and/or the Criminal Code of Canada are ongoing, but several horses have been rehabilitated and re-homed. Seven are available for adoption in Kamloops alone – visit spca.bc.ca/Kamloops to view them.
BC SPCA senior animal protection officer Kent Kokoska encourages potential and current horse owners to look at the new Code of Practice for horses at nfacc.ca and to ensure that they are prepared for every eventuality.
“If you’re going to own a horse, have a plan,” he explained. “This includes anticipating emergencies, as well as ensuring that you have the resources to address everyday needs, such as nutrition, health management and housing.
“The average cost of rehabilitating a horse that has suffered chronic starvation ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 per horse, including feed, board and veterinary care.”
The SPCA investigates more than 7,500 potential animal cruelty cases and cares for nearly 29,000 abused, neglected, injured and homeless animals each year at 37 locations throughout British Columbia.