The BC SPCA says an Armstrong man has been sentenced to nine months in jail for breaching his conditions after being convicted of animal cruelty.
In a statement, Senior Animal Protection Officer Kathy Woodward says it’s the longest jail sentence for animal cruelty in B.C. history.
Last December, 69-year-old Gary Roberts was found guilty of two counts after SPCA officers seized 16 emaciated horses from his property.
The SPCA says some of the horses were so weak that they barely registered on the body conditioning scale veterinarians used to determine normal body weight.
“Some of them were a .5 on the scale of one to nine and three of the horses had to be humanely euthanized because they were in critical distress,” says Woodward’s statement.
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The remainder of the animals were rehabilitated and given new homes.
In March, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months of house arrest, a nine-month conditional sentence, and a 20-year prohibition on owning animals.
However, Woodward says nine days later he violated those conditions and an arrest warrant was issued.