Sunday, November 1, 2009

Vegreville-area farmer earns fine for starved, dead animals

A Vegreville-area farmer whose animals were seized after 17 cattle were found starved to death on his property was fined $2,000 in an Edmonton court today.

Kelly Burkart, 37, pleaded guilty in provincial court to one count under the Animal Protection Act of causing an animal to be in distress. In exchange for the guilty plea, other similar charges were withdrawn..." More

Burkart, who still has some livestock on his farm, was not banned from owning animals, however he was slapped with a 10-year prohibition order allowing Alberta SPCA inspectors to enter his property without notice to do inspections. He must also abide by any recommendations.

Crown prosecutor Moira Vane told court ASPCA inspectors had gone to Burkart's farm north of Vegreville on May 6 and May 7, 2008, and observed "emaciated" animals from the road and saw two dead cattle, a "very skinny" mule and about 40 more cattle in very poor condition.