Salmon Arm woman found not guilty on animal cruelty charges

KAMLOOPS - A Salmon Arm woman was found not guilty today in connection to animal cruelty charges stemming from a 2013 B.C. SPCA investigation.

Charlene Robinson, born in 1965, was charged with causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal and failing to provide the necessaries for an animal after B.C. SPCA investigators discovered in December, 2013 several horses under Robinson’s care they said were in distress from lack of food, water, proper shelter, dental, and foot care.

Robinson exercised poor judgment but her actions did not cross the line into recklessness, B.C. Supreme Court justice Len Marchand said in his decision today, Oct. 24. 

Marchand said that Robinson was not prepared for a cold snap that caused her horses a great deal of stress.

Robinson has had horses since she was 10 years old and has trained and bred horses for most of her life.

In 2013, Robinson was no longer gaining any income from her horses which led her to struggle in caring for her horses, he said.

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