I heard about the B.C. avalanche over the radio last weekend and immediately wondered if there was any connection to the snowmobilers who saved the horses. Apparently not, from what I could gather on the snowandmud.com forum.
What a devastating loss; all 8 men were from the same small town (Sparwood).
wow--what a story. Those sledders and everyone who helped are freakin AWESOME!! Just when I start losing faith in humanity, a story comes along and blows you away.
(hmmm..contempates moving to Canada...) HUGE KUDOS to everyone involved!!!
I especially like this ending quote:
"People need to be more aware that animals are sentient beings, that they deserve that all their needs be met and if an owner is not able to do that then there are options to them,” he said. “They can surrender animals, they can elect not to have animals.”
From what I've read, it certainly sounds like the owner should be charged
...something reported that he thought they would follow him down, but instead they turned and went UP and then the snow blocked them in. Still no excuse. If I was the lawyer I would keep a low profile rather than pursue it in court. Much more costly to his name is the bad publiciity.
The fact that he never informed the authorities or AC that his horses had been left on the mountain shows to me that he did not really care. Whether or not he gets them back (and I really do not want him to), he should still be held liable for the cost of the rescue. Skiers and snowmobilers who need help going into closed/out of bound terrain are often made to pay for their rescue... why would it be different in this case?
McBride, B.C.- The man facing three charges related to cruelty to animals in the McBride horses case, had another court date today.
Edmonton Lawyer Frank McKay is charged with cruelty to animals, causing unnecessary pain/suffering to an animal and causing an animal to continue to be in distress.
The charges were laid after two horses were rescued from the Renshaw recreation area near McBride last winter. The animals had been abandoned, and were found to be starving, in poor health and stuck in chest deep snow. Volunteers braved brutally cold temperatures as they hand dug a trench more than a kilometre long to walk the horses, Belle and Sundance, to safety. The animals have since recovered and have been placed in new homes.
McKay did not appear in court today, nor did his lawyer. They connected with the McBride Provincial court by phone and had the matter adjourned until December 4th for “anticipated summary resolution” of the matter.