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Horses abandonned in mountains - Rescue in progress in Canada

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  • #81
    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).
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    • #82
      I was listening to the TV today about all the avalanches and how many lives were lost in just the last month. I can't even imagine what the snowmobiling community in those areas are going through.
      You jump in the saddle,
      Hold onto the bridle!
      Jump in the line!


      • #83
        Fri, January 2, 2009
        Charges to be laid in case of abandoned horses



        • Original Poster

          thank you for the update!


          • #85
            definitely, thanx for the update..I've been following this story. Wish the consequences were heavier!
            <\ <\,,
            The delicate and exquisite horse is itself a work of art.


            • #86
              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!!!


              • #87
                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
                Y'all ain't right!


                • #88

                  Looks like he won't be getting the horses back:

                  CBC Edmonton Story
                  Be compassionate, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. - Philo of Alexandria


                  • #89
                    Glad to hear it! They have been through enough.
                    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein



                    • #90
                      Excellent, glad to hear they are being cared for.
                      It's a good thing he won't be getting them back. They should get him to pay for all the work caused to free the poor sods.


                      • #91
                        He still has the right to petition a court to review the SPCA's decision. Unfortunately it may not be completely over yet....
                        ...somewhere between the talent and the potato....


                        • #92
                          Weird, I was just thinking about this case in my car this a.m. Here's hoping common sense prevails and he doesn't get them back.


                          • #93
                            I don't get why he left the horses in the first place. Did I read he rode his horse out and turned the two pack horses loose? Why not just take them with you?

                            Great story and glad it had a happy ending but the owner sad.
                            No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill


                            • #94
                              ...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.
                              Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                              • Original Poster

                                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?


                                • #96
                                  Mcbride update......

                                  This case lingers on and on and on..........

                                  By 250 News
                                  Friday, October 02, 2009 12:57 PM

                                  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.




                                  • #97
                                    Are there any updates on how the horses are doing?


                                    • #98
                                      Originally posted by trubandloki View Post
                                      Are there any updates on how the horses are doing?





                                      Dig photos:


                                      Hopefully these can be viewed w/o creating a logon.



                                      • #99
                                        Originally posted by laserRob View Post

                                        Hopefully these can be viewed w/o creating a logon.
                                        They can not be viewed unless you are a member of that BB.


                                        • try this link