Here's an update from the Renshaw horse rescue case:
Edmonton lawyer Frank McKay pled guilty today in McBride Provincial Court
For causing or permitting an animal to be or continue to be in distress under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. On a joint submission, he received a $1,000 fine, a $150 victim fine surcharge, has to pay restitution to the B.C. SPCA in the amount of $5,910.16, received a prohibition against possessing any animals for two years (in B.C. only), a probation order for the period of 12 months, and a counselling term because of his in appropriate behaviour. He further has to deliver a copy of his probation order to the nearest SPCA in Edmonton and to the provincial SPCA office in Alberta so that the authorities are alerted, and purchase advertisement in two issues of the local paper in order to publish his statement which was read in court today. The proceedings on the two criminal code offences were stayed (causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal and cruelty to animals).
In his statement, McKay said: "I wish to thank the rescuers who volunteered their time and effort to rescue the horses. ... If it hadn’t been for the accident, I would have gladly participated in the rescue.”
Court also heard that this was the first time McKay had been in the backcountry by himself.
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