SPCA raids local horse ranch; eight horses seized, two euthanized

B.C. SPCA executed a warrant at a Grand Forks area horse ranch after receiving complaints.

Eight horses were seized last weekend and two others were euthanized by the SPCA at a horse ranch in Grand Forks. The farm and the horses are believed to have belonged to Kevin La Fond.Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement for the B.C. SPCA, said that the organization had been at a ranch in the Grand Forks area on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. She would not confirm the name of the ranch or the address as it is an ongoing investigation.“The B.C. SPCA executed a warrant on a property in the Grand Forks area,” she said. “As a result of attending on the property with a veterinarian, two horses were identified were found to be in what is described as critical distress and were euthanized on site. Eight other horses were seized and surrendered by the owner and they were removed from the property.”Moriarty said that there are still a number of animals on the site and the SPCA will be following up on those that remain.“A number of orders were issued for animals remaining on the property,” she said. “We’ll be following to ensure that those orders are complied with or a further warrant will be obtained.”The eight horses that were seized are now in the care of the B.C. SPCA where they will receive treatment if needed, said Moriarty.“We’ll be looking for new homes once they are deemed adoptable,” she added.Moriarty said the SPCA was acting on complaints they had received pertaining to animals in distress on the property and a failure to comply with previous orders.The SPCA constables at the ranch were from the Okanagan as well as the Lower Mainland. “We brought in additional staff from the Lower Mainland because of concerns regarding the possible number of animals involved,” said Moriarty. “We need to be prepared anytime we enter on a warrant. But we come with the intent with the veterinarian determining whether animals are in distressed and each and every animal is assessed.”Moriarty said any decisions regarding the animals are made at the scene. She added that charges may be forthcoming against the rancher.“We’re waiting for the vet’s report and depending on what’s contained we may be recommending animal cruelty charges to crown counsel,” said Moriarty.Grand Forks RCMP officers were present during the investigation.”We responded on a request from the SPCA to keep the peace while they were executing a search warrant,” said Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison.

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