Cross-posted from Victoria Times-Colonist
Apr. 24, 2011 — Police said Saturday that charges are pending against a rancher after hundreds of cattle and horses were seized Thursday from a ranch near Drumheller, Alta.
Police and the Alberta SPCA said many of the 140 horses and 200 cattle were malnourished, aggressive and seriously ill.
Cpl. David Heaslip, an RCMP livestock investigator, said police are still investigating.
Charges will likely be laid against ranch owner John Barry Graham, he added.
At least six horses had to be abandoned by the Alberta SPCA as they were just too feral to corral.
In the meantime, the captured animals are receiving veterinary treatment close to the ranch, said Terra Johnston, executive director of the Alberta SPCA.
Graham has a week left to claim ownership of the seized animals before they’re sent to market. If he comes forward, he’ll have to pay all veterinary costs. (emphasis added)
The Alberta SPCA
10806 124 Street
Edmonton AB T5M OH3 Canada