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Wednesday, Nov 16, 2005
Defendant/Suspect: Haeli Carter
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A woman has been found guilty under Alberta's Animal Protection Act after seven neglected horses were found on her property, some injured and others covered in feces.
Haeli Carter, of the Tofield area east of Edmonton, was fined $1,000 at the end of November in provincial court in Vegreville, SPCA officials announced Tuesday.
Under a court order, Carter can own a maximum of 10 livestock by the end of this year. She also has to provide bi-monthly reports to the SPCA listing all of the animals she owns.
"It certainly gives us a vehicle to be able to monitor the care and control of the animals on this property," said Morris Airey, director of enforcement for the Alberta SPCA.
Investigators discovered four foals crammed in a small pen without food or water in November 2005. One was already dead and another needed to be put down.
"I'm still haunted very much also by some of the conditions of the animals I saw on Haeli Carter's farm," veterinarian Jodie Santarossa testified. Continue Article
"I can't even describe to you the severe neglect, abuse, emaciation, sickness, disease, rot [and] stench that permeated, especially out of that barn. It was atrocious."
Three more older horses were also injured - one was blind from an untreated eye disease and two had painful untreated injuries, said Morris.
In 1999, Carter was found guilty in provincial court of one count of causing or permitting distress to at least two horses in her care under the provincial Animal Protection Act.
|A Tofield woman convicted in 1999 for starving two horses has been fined again for failing to properly care for her animals.|
Haeli Carter, 38, was fined $1,150 in a November trial in Vegreville provincial court.
Alberta SPCA officers searched two Tofield-area farms between Oct. 24 and Nov. 16, 2005. Nine horses were found to be in distress, according to court documents. A veterinarian testifying at the trial said she is haunted by the conditions she saw. Four skinny foals found in a barn were seized after being found caked in manure, with flaking skin and without evidence of food or water. One had died, curled up in a corner.
In one stall, horse manure was a metre high, the veterinarian testified.
Another horse, named Blindy, was a blind horse who had an eye disease that was painful and untreated, said court documents.
Carter, who defended herself in court, was previously found guilty of animal neglect in 1999. She was acquitted of the same charge in 1998, but the Crown appealed the decision and a retrial was ordered.
|Source: Canada.Com - Dec 19, 2006|
Update posted on Dec 20, 2006 - 11:59PM