Two Peace residents charged with animal cruelty


Photo: This Macaw was one of the many animals found on the rural farm, near Dawson Creek – submitted.

Two Peace Region residents plead guilty to animal cruelty charges last week in Dawson Creek.

Officers investigated an animal neglect complaint at a rural farm near the Mile 0 City.

When they arrived, officers discovered more than 200 animals were housed in an outbuilding with no ventilation. BC SPCA Officers also found that some animals had no access to water, cage sizes were too small and feces were built up in the cages.

Many of the animals found included horses, reptiles, llamas, exotic birds, goats, dogs, wolf-hybrids, cats, a variety of rodents, a boar, a lynx and a coatimundi (a raccoon-like mammal native to Central and South America).

Officers gave owners Michelle Kuberski and Kenneth Bunker a list of orders that were required for the animal’s care. During a follow-up investigation, however, officers found that 87 of the animals were still in distress, and were subsequently seized.

BC SPCA reports all of those animals have since been adopted.

Kuberski and Bunker are now sentenced to pay a $700 fine. Both will also receive two years probation. The offenders will have to follow all recommendations of a veterinarian and the BC SPCA with respect to downsizing the number of animals currently in their care. In addition to this, the pair will be forced to give the BC SPCA a list of all remaining animals on the property, and allow officers to inspect the animals with 24 hours notice.

The SPCA says it will be monitoring the animals currently in the care of Kuberski and Bunker to ensure the animals receive appropriate care and treatment.

The BC SPCA is asking the public to continue reporting all cases of animal cruelty. For more information, visit www.spca.bc.ca.

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