The Office of the Chief Veterinarian said today it seized a horse in the RM of St. Andrews last Tuesday due to concerns over its health, care and well-being.
The announcement follows a protest this past weekend over the alleged abuse of several horses at a ranch in the area that boards the animals.
The provincial vet said in a news release that the horse was seized under the Animal Care Act.
"The people deemed to be owners were verbally notified of the seizure on June 4. A written notice of seizure was issued to the owner(s) on June 6," the news release said.
The animal seized is now under the care of the provincial veterinarian. The owner, or owners, have until Thursday to file a written notice of appeal to the seizure.
Aesgard Ranch, located near Highway 8 in the RM of St. Andrews, 60 kilometres north of Winnipeg, has come under scrutiny since a posting on the online billboard Kijiji surfaced Tuesday alleging horses were being abused at the ranch.
The post called for the owner of seven horses to come forward and collect the animals from Aesgard, fearing the boarded horses were being starved.
A group of 100 horse lovers staged a protest outside the ranch on Saturday afternoon.
However, the owner of the ranch, Arrayl Mason, said Saturday she is being unfairly targeted.
"I haven’t done anything wrong, I’m the one who gets up to feed (the horses) every morning at 5 a.m.," she said.
The provincial veterinarian’s news release today did not state the precise location of the seizure — only that it was in the RM of St. Andrews.
It said that anyone who suspects any animal is not being provided with adequate care, which may include lacking adequate food, water, shelter or medical attention, is encouraged to contact the Animal Care Line at 1-204-945-8000, or 1-888-945-8001 (toll-free), or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All calls are kept confidential and all calls deemed to fall under the Animal Care Act will be assigned to an animal protection officer for inspection, the notice said.