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100 horses for sale following Armstrong cruelty investigation

These are some of the 16 horses the B.C. SPCA seized following a cruelty investigation into Armstrong man Gary Roberts. Another 100 horses that stayed on the farm are now being put to auction.
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January 26, 2015 - 11:22 AM


ARMSTRONG - Homes are being sought for 100 horses in Armstrong following an animal cruelty investigation.

The horses belong to Gary Roberts, 69, who faces two counts of animal cruelty charges stemming from a December 2014 B.C. SPCA investigation.

Seventeen of Roberts’ horses were seized by the SPCA and and the remaining 100 will be put out for a court-ordered sale Feb. 7.

Valley Auction owner Don Raffan says this is the most horses they’ve ever auctioned from a single owner.

“The biggest part of this is spread the word and hopefully everyone will come and support the sale,” Raffan says. “Let’s save this thing and make it turn out for the good.”

A viewing day is set for Friday, Feb. 6, and there will also be some photos posted on the Valley Auction website. The horses will be auctioned at noon on Saturday, Feb. 7. There will also be a tack sale starting at 10 a.m.

A Facebook post about the dispersal sale already has over 500 shares, Raffan says.

“I’m really counting on all these people that talk on Facebook… it’s their turn to ante up and do as they say they do. Let’s get this thing looked after,” Raffan says. “I’m confident homes will be found for all of them.”

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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