No charges laid in horse’s death

B.C. SPCA concludes investigation into allegations of abuse of a horse in Keremeos

An B.C. SPCA investigation into allegations of abuse of a horse in Keremeos earlier this month has resulted in no charges filed.

On June 6, B.C. SPCA constables were alerted to allegations that a horse may have been beaten. The RCMP had also been contacted and an officer euthanized the horse.

“We had the horse exhumed and shipped to Abbotsford to have a necropsy performed and our constables completed interviews with all of the individuals that have indicated some type of involvement,” said Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations with the B.C. SPCA. “There was insufficient evidence to suggest that the horse had been mistreated prior to the RCMP providing a humane death for the horse.”

Moriarty said the individual who made the initial complaint had not actually witnessed anything.

She said the horse had flipped a few hours prior to being euthanized by RCMP, and it was inconclusive what had caused the horse to then seize up and collapse.