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Animal cruelty charges laid against Armstrong horse owner

The SPCA seized 16 horses from Roberts' Armstrong property Dec. 11, 2014.
Image Credit: B.C. SPCA

ARMSTRONG - An Armstrong man is facing criminal charges after animal cruelty investigators seized 16 emaciated horses from his care.

Gary Roberts, 69, is charged with causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal and failing to provide necessities for an animal. He also faces one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

The B.C. SPCA executed a warrant Dec. 11 and seized 16 of Roberts’ 117 horses. At the time, the animals were ranked at 0.5-1.5 on the body condition score, which goes up to nine. Roberts did not willingly give up the horses.

Chief prevention and enforcement officer with the B.C. SPCA Marcie Moriarty says Roberts was released on bail following his arrest Jan. 16.

“We work very closely with the Crown in these cases,” Moriarty says. “We wouldn’t recommend something we felt didn’t meet the standard.”

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

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