BC SPCA Aware of Horse Situation
Prince George, B.C.- The BC SPCA is aware of concerns expressed about the condition of a herd of horses in a field off the old Caribou Highway across from the Prince George Airport..
There have been calls to the BC SPCA about the animals appearing to be malnourished, and there has been at least one report of a deceased horse in the field, although the BC SPCA won’t confirm that.
“We are certainly aware of the situation” says the BCSPCA’s Special Provincial Constable and Senior Animal Protection Officer for the Northern Region Debbie Goodine. She says the BCSPCA was first contacted on Monday.
Goodine says there are about 70 horses in the field “We are working with the owner, he is cooperative” says Goodine. “Unfortunately we cannot go into specifics about what is going on out there, because of privacy concerns, but at this point we are not looking at removing any animals.”
“This is typically how it works, when we receive concerns about the care of an animal, we track down the owner. If we do that (track down the owner) we first attempt to have the owner resolve any of the concerns that may be present before we ever consider taking any legal steps in any situation.”
There has been a call among animal and horse lovers in particular, to rally at the site this weekend to call attention to the matter. Goodine says while folks are free to rally, she is concerned about rumours they plan to bring food for the horses ” I would discourage that, we could end up with different problems. If we do have a compromised animal, throwing a whole bunch of food over the fence could cause a problem in and of itself. Also, in situations like that, we could have competition between animals and we could end up with injured animals over fighting, so if people are concerned and want to rally that’s their choice and they are certainly free to do so, but I would just discourage anyone from bringing food and feeding them.”
Goodine says privacy concerns prevent her from outlining the steps the owner has agreed to take in this case, but adds that “typically, in a file similar to this, if we have a group of animals that aren’t receiving adequate food, water or shelter, that’s going to be our goal with the animal owner, just to ensure that those things are provided and to relieve any of the stress.”
Goodine says the BCSPCA will be doing regular followup “If we make recommendations to an owner, then definitely we’re back out within a specified time frame to follow up, just to make sure that things are being followed through on.”
As this matter is under investigation by the BC SPCA, comments are closed.