By Louise Dickson, timescolonist.com March 23, 2012
The Crown is seeking jail sentences for two men convicted of failing to provide sufficient care for an old horse, before hanging it from an excavator.
In December, Victoria provincial court Judge Sue Wishart found David Whiffen and Clayton Cunningham guilty of not providing enough food to 27-year-old Jalupae, an Appaloosa horse. Wishart found the two men allowed the horse to starve in June and July 2009.
However, Wishart acquitted them of killing the horse, ruling that there was not enough evidence to prove the horse suffered before its death.
The case, described by the B.C. SPCA as a shocking case of animal abuse, continues to stir up public outrage. Again on Friday, people carrying placards protested Jalupae’s treatment outside the Victoria Courthouse. One woman carried a toy horse suspended from a pole.