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Friday, Apr 22, 2005
Abuser names unreleased
Charges of animal cruelty against three Grand Forks residents are pending after BC SPCA animal protection officers seized a horse in critical distress on April 22. The horse was in excruciating pain from an untreated infection and had to be humanely euthanized to relieve his distress.
"Unfortunately the horse was beyond recovery when we attended the complaint," says BC SPCA Special Provincial Constable Tim Kenna. "The horse's penis had become so badly infected that gangrene had set in. He was thin and in poor condition, probably because he couldn't eat as a result of the intense pain." The SPCA consulted with a local veterinarian, who confirmed that surgery was not an option because of the horse's critical condition and that euthanasia was the only option to relieve the animal's distress.
The investigation continues and charges of animal cruelty are pending in the case.
- BC SPCA April 27, 2005
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