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Edmonton RCMP Livestock Investigation Unit Charge Man in Seizure of 84 Horses 


Boyle, AB – A 65 year-old Fort McMurray man is facing criminal charges stemming from a joint investigation between the RCMP and the ASPCA wherein 82 horses and two donkeys were seized from two properties where they were found to be in a distressed condition.

On Wednesday, February 3, the RCMP Livestock Investigations Unit attended a property in the Wandering River area to assist the ASPCA in an inspection of a property as per court order on which three dead horses were found.  The three carcasses were located along with 52 horses in poor body condition.  On the property members located two horses and two donkeys confined to corrals in which there was not adequate food and water for the animals. 

Investigators also attended a second property on which 20 horses were observed to be in distress.  

On Friday, Feb. 5, the two properties were re-visited under the authority of a search warrant.  A veterinarian was consulted and it was determined that all of the horses were in a distressed condition.  A total of 84 horses were seized by the ASPCA and relocated to a facility for further examination and convalescence. 

Gary Herbert Sparshu of Fort McMurray has been arrested and charged with causing injury to animals and breach of a court order.  Sparshu was brought before a justice of the peace and did not speak to bail, Sparshu has been remanded into custody and will appear in provincial court in Boyle, AB on February 23, 2016.

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