Charges have been laid by the Alberta SPCA against Jamie Ann Palmer of the MD of Bonnyville after an investigation into the death and alleged neglect of horses at a rural property near Iron River.
On February 15, a complaint was made to the Alberta SPCA by a concerned resident.
On Feb. 23, a general search warrant was served by the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and was left at the property of a Lakelander by Alberta Peace Officer Emma J. Fillion where over ten horses were allegedly starved to death by the owner. At least five live horses with ill health were removed, while the bodies of the other ten remained frozen into the ground on the property.
Samples of the dead horses were collected for a forensic examination by the SPCA. Following the investigation and the results, charges have been laid against Palmer by the investigating officer.
Palmer has been charged with failure to provide adequate food or water, failure to provide adequate care when an animal is wounded or ill, and causing animals to be in distress. All three charges fall under the Alberta Animal Protection Act.
Palmer is set to appear in court on April 26 at the Bonnyville Provincial Court.