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Rancher who had 308 cattle seized by animal protection back in court

More than 300 cattle were found to be in distress due to a lack of feed and water.

NORTH BATTLEFORD – A Whitkow area cattle producer who had 308 cattle seized was back in North Battleford Provincial Court on Sept. 29.

In April, Morris Tokaryk was charged under Canada’s Criminal Code with causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to the animals, and failing to provide adequate water, food, and care for the animals. He was also charged under the Animal Protection Act for allowing animals to be in distress and failing to comply with a corrective action order.

In June, Executive Director Don Ferguson with Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan, told SASKTODAY.ca that between April 6 – 8 APSS officers executed a warrant on a rural property in the area of Whitkow and with assistance from Blaine Lake RCMP they seized 308 cattle in distress.

“The cattle were found to be in distress as a result of lack of access to sufficient feed, water and conditions that would significantly impair the animal's health over time,” said Ferguson.

Global News reported that some of the cattle were found deceased. 

Tokaryk is back in North Battleford court Oct. 26 to speak to his matter. The charges against him haven’t been tested in court.

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