Animal Cruelty Sentence Longest in BC

The B.C SPCA  hopes a record sentence for an Armstrong man will be a deterrent for any others who plan on ignoring court orders in animal abuse cases.

69 year old Gary Roberts was found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty and was given a 20 year prohibition on owning animals, four months of house arrest, and a nine month conditional sentence.  The SPCA says he violated his the conditions and will now serve nine-months in jail - the longest sentence related to an animal cruelty in B.C history.

16 horses were originally seized from Roberts' property in 2014, and three were later euthanized.   30 horses remain on the property, but arrangements have been made to have the animals cared for, or sold.