Breach Of Conditions Brings Nine Month Jail Term For Gary Roberts

Officials with the B.C SPCA say that an Armstrong man found guilty on charges of animal cruelty has been handed the longest sentence in B.C history related to animal cruelty, after violating the conditions of his sentence last month.

69 year old Gary Roberts had 16 horses seized from his property in 2014, and last December was found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty, while his sentence in March ended with a 20 year prohibition on owning animals, a nine month conditional sentence, and four months of house arrest.

The SPCA says that Roberts had a warrant issued for his arrest just nine days after he was sentenced, and was recently handed a nine month jail sentence.

Tuesday's release says that 30 horses still live on his property, but that arrangements have been made to care for, or sell those animals.