R v Vieira, 2006 BCPC 288

Accused charged with wilfully neglecting or failing to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for his animals, contrary to section 446(2) of the Criminal Code. The animals were found in a condition consistent with long term neglect. At trial, the accused alleged that he did not wilfully neglect his animals and had left his neighbour in charge of feeding the animals.

The accused was found guilty as charged. The Court did not find the evidence of the accused to be credible, nor did it raise a reasonable doubt. The evidence made it clear that the animals under his care were in very poor condition and did not receive adequate care, food, or water.

Source: Case Law

Jurisdiction: British Columbia

Topics: BCSbody condition scoredogsemaciatedfinancial difficultieshorsesinsufficient food and waterlong term neglectneighbour to care for animalsnot crediblepigspoor conditionrabbitsreasonable doubtseizureSPCAwilful neglect

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