Revelstoke Petting Zoo Owner Faces 24 Charges Of Animal Cruelty

The BC SPCA says that the owner of the Revelstoke Petting Zoo, James Richard Bruvall, has been charged with 24 counts of animal cruelty, following the seizure of 15 animals from that property in July of last year.

The SPCA says that five horses, two mini-horses, three pigs, an alpaca, a goat, and a peacock were suffering from inadequate care when they were removed from that property last Summer.

A deceased pig was also found during that search.

A Friday release from the SPCA says that all but one of the recovered animals has since been adopted.

Bruvall faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail, a lifetime ban on owning animals, and a $75,000 fine.

Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA says "This is a very sad case where profits were clearly placed before the welfare of the animals in his care."