Canada Armstrong man gets longest jail sentence in B.C. history for animal cruelty

01:56  19 april  2017
01:56  19 april  2017 Source:   Vancouver Sun

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An Armstrong man has been handed a nine-month jail sentence for breaching his sentencing conditions after being convicted of animal cruelty . The sentence delivered by a judge in Vernon is the longest handed out in B . C . history , according to the B . C . SPCA.

ARMSTRONG (NEWS 1130) – It’s the longest jail sentence ever handed down for animal cruelty in BC. A 69-year-old breeder from Armstrong has been told he’ll be spending nine months in jail after breaching conditions just days after they were given to him last month.

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An Armstrong man has been handed a nine-month jail sentence for breaching his sentencing conditions after being convicted of animal cruelty.

The sentence delivered by a judge in Vernon is the longest handed out in B.C. history, according to the B.C. SPCA.

Gary Roberts, 69, was found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty last December after SPCA animal-protection officers seized 16 emaciated horses from his property.

In March, he was prohibited from owning animals for 20 years, along with a sentence of four months’ house arrest and a nine-month conditional sentence.

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The nine-month jail term handed down against Armstrong senior Gary Roberts is the longest sentence related to an animal cruelty case in B . C . history , the SPCA says in a media release issued this morning, April 18.

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“Roberts violated conditions of his sentence on March 23 and a warrant was issued for his arrest,” said B.C. SPCA senior animal protection officer Kathy Woodward. “On April 12 he was back in court and the judge handed down the strongest sentence possible, noting that Roberts had shown a blatant disregard for his court order.”

The horses taken from Roberts’s property north of Vernon were so badly emaciated that some “barely registered on the body conditioning scale used by veterinarians to determine normal body weight.

“Some of them were a 0.5 on the scale of one to nine, and three of the horses had to be humanely euthanized because they were in critical distress,” said Woodward.

The others were rehabilitated and have been given new homes, she said.

Despite the prohibition, Woodward said as many as 30 horses remained on Roberts’s property. Family and friends have been called in to care for or sell those animals.

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