Toronto Man Secretly Sold Horses for Slaughter, Later Sentenced for Obstructing an Officer
SIMCOE COUNTY, ON (August 26, 2014) – On August 21, 2014, Robert Pakulski, 56, of Toronto, Ontario, pleaded guilty to one count of disobeying an Ontario SPCA Order and one count of obstructing or misleading an Ontario SPCA Officer, contrary to the provisions of the Ontario SPCA Act.
In January 2014, after receiving a complaint regarding two young thoroughbred horses, an Ontario SPCA officer attended the Tiny Township farm property in Simcoe County. The officer found the horses lacking water and adequate shelter, and their body condition appeared to be very thin. Ontario SPCA Orders were written to Mr. Pakulski to provide the necessary food, shelter, water source, and for a farrier to attend to the horses.
Prior to the scheduled inspection of February 2014 to check on the compliance of the orders, the Society was informed that the horses had been removed from the property. The Ontario SPCA officer was told that a local livestock transport had taken the horses. The livestock transport was interviewed and reported being contacted to have the two horses removed. The two young horses were shipped out of province and slaughtered. It is an offence to move or relocate an animal that is the subject of an Ontario SPCA order, without the knowledge and consent of the investigator.
Mr. Pakulski was sentenced and received a ten-year prohibition from possessing or having control of any horse as well as a $250 fine.
“It is an offense to obstruct an Ontario SPCA officer in the performance of their duties,” says Alison Green, Regional Inspector.
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